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MUSC8072 - Arranging 1

Title:Arranging 1
Long Title:Arranging 1
Module Code:MUSC8072
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: Cormac McCarthy
Module Description: An introduction to key concepts and skill sets required for arranging in the popular music industry. This module specifically looks at arranging for small ensemble.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Utilise correct notation conventions and ranges for instruments commonly found in popular music
LO2 Identify the extended techniques used by instruments commonly found in popular music
LO3 Transcribe and analyze a short passage of approved popular music featuring rhythm section and horn/string section
LO4 Arrange a short passage of approved music featuring rhythm section with horn and/or string section
LO5 Critically assess and integrate relevant stylistic concepts
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Transcription and analysis of an approved recording
An examination of the ranges and techniques commonly used in popular music and how to apply them in a practical context
Making a personal setting of a popular music work for live performance and recording.
Continuous assessment
Weekly assessment of input to classes, tutorials and practical sessions; homework and attendance
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment 1,2,4,5 25.0 Every Week
Project Popular Music Arranging Project 3,4 25.0 Week 8
Project Notated arrangement 4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Arranging 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 5.5 Every Week 5.50
Directed Learning small group skills development 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Daryl Runswick 1992, Rock, Jazz & Pop Arranging, 1st Ed., 15, Faber & Faber London [ISBN: 0-571-51108-2]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • 1988, David Baker's Arranging & composing, Alfred Pub. Co. Van Nuys, CA [ISBN: 0882844695]
  • Ted Pease and Ken Pullig 2001, Modern Jazz Voicings, Berklee Press [ISBN: 0634014439]
  • Becker & Fagen 2008, Best of Steely Dan (transcribed scores), 2nd Ed., Hal Leonard New York [ISBN: 978-079352531]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 5 Elective

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