Arranging for Songs and Ensembles

Module code: W3076
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.


If not a music student, grade 7 level instrument or voice must be demonstrated.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of structure and orchestration in songs and music for ensembles
  • Demonstrate competence in scoring and arranging techniques in songs and music for ensembles
  • Show knowledge and understanding of instrumental and vocal part-writing through a portfolio of short arrangements.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the power of music notation by confidently using relevant music software