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MUSC8098 - Choral Arranging

Title:Choral Arranging
Long Title:Choral Arranging
Module Code:MUSC8098
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 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: Working with choirs is one of the commonest aspirations among students, but matching repertoire to a particular choir can on occasion be problematic, and arranging skills can become very important in solving such problems. Equally, the craft can appeal simply in itself, both to composers and to more general musicians. Choral singing has proven itself across time to be a very special, not to say popular, form of music-making. Students may aspire to set particular melodies, or to write for a particular choir they know, or to write in a particular harmonic, tonal or modal language or level of complexity. These and related issues are discussed and agreed with the lecturer before the commencement of each project, and ongoing reflection on these issues would be expected as a significant part of the reflective journal. Projects will cover writing for accompanied, unaccompanied, equal and mixed voice choirs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Arrange a piece of music for choral ensembles, both accompanied and unaccompanied
LO2 Consider a wide range of approaches to choral setting
LO3 Appreciate the particular quality of a melody and the type of setting it invites
LO4 Be sensitive to the words of a song and seek to highlight particular aspects or moments of those words
LO5 Articulate the challenges and problems presented by a particular song or manner of setting it
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.

MUSC8022 - Core Musicianship Skills 6; elementary keyboard skills

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
After studying model scores and supplied commentary, and in close discussion with the lecturer, the student will undertake three choral settings, as described under 'Coursework Breakdown'
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Setting for unaccompanied equal voices (male or female) 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 4
Project Setting for unaccompanied mixed voices 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 8
Project Setting for equal or mixed voices, accompanied by piano or organ or harp or as agreed with lecturer 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 12
Reflective Journal Short notes on choral arranging in general and on each of the student's three settings, outlining initial aspirations and contingencies, the difficulties met and the level of success in solving them 1,2,3,4,5 10.0 Week 13
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
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Individual lesson 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Private work 6.5 Every Week 6.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Arthur E. Ostrander and Dana Wilson 1986, Contemporary Choral Arranging, Pearson [ISBN: 978-0131697560]
  • Hawley Ades 2011, Choral Arranging, Expanded Edition 2011 Ed., Shawnee Press (TN) [ISBN: 978-1423499879]
  • Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell 2013, Contemporary Choral Arranging, Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 978-1458416575]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Scores, commentary & audio files: Alan CuttsScores, commentary & audio files

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 7 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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