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MUSC8093 - Arranging 3

Title:Arranging 3
Long Title:Arranging 3
Module Code:MUSC8093
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: This module specifically looks at arranging for standard 'big-band' instrumentation i.e. rhythm section, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and 5 saxophones.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Employ varying textures and stylistic nuances of arranging for big band
LO2 Write for horn section in open-position and close-position voicings
LO3 Apply a variety of accompaniment devices such as pads, melodic fills, riffs etc.
LO4 Direct a big-band utilising fundamental conducting techniques
LO5 Analyse a big-band score and identify the relevant elements
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.
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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
Arranging Devices
Study of sectional techniques and individual instrumental idiosyncrasies
Preparation of a fully-notated big-band score and instrumental parts
Case Studies
Examination of pre-existing arrangements for big band, identifying form, harmony, texture, rhythmic devices in the styles of such artists as Maria Schneider, Gil Evans and Duke Ellington
Employ acquired conducting skills to direct own arrangement
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous Assessment: Regular assignments and attendance. 1,2,3,4,5 25.0 Every Week
Project Analysis of an approved arrangement 1,5 25.0 Week 8
Project Notation and performance of big-band arrangement 1,2,3,4 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
Tutorial Groups no greater than 5 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 5.25 Every Week 5.25
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.75
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mike Tomaro, John Wilson 2009, Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide, Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 1423452747]
  • Dick Lowell and Ken Pullig; edited by Michael Gold 2003, Arranging for large jazz ensemble, Berklee Press; c2003. Boston, MA [ISBN: 0634036564]
  • Ted Pease; edited by Rick Mattingly 2003, Jazz composition, Berklee Press ; c2003. Boston, MA [ISBN: 0876390017]
  • 1988, David Baker's Arranging & composing, Alfred Pub. Co. Van Nuys, CA [ISBN: 0882844695]
  • Jerry Gates 2015, Arranging For Horns - Berklee Press (Book/Audio), Berklee College-Licensed [ISBN: 9780876391457]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 7 Elective

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