Arranging for Songs and Ensembles (W3076)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module will do three things: (1) increase your knowledge of scoring and arranging techniques by studying classic pieces; (2) increase your knowledge and understanding of music by studying a very wide range of music relevant to contemporary creative musicians; and (3) apply what you have learnt through a report, and practical exercises including a portfolio. 

This module focuses on voicing and instrumentation in a wide of different musical genres. Through close study of different kinds of music, you will understand technical methods and link them to their changing historical and social contexts while gaining vital skills in music's practice and craft.  

We will look at classical, jazz, experimental and world musics for connections and commonalities; use instrumentation and voicing creatively to devise ways to understand and appreciate originality in music today; and gain insights from all kinds of practice, from recent to 1000 years ago.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: