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MUSC7010 - Orchestration - Foundations

Title:Orchestration - Foundations
Long Title:Orchestration - Foundations
Module Code:MUSC7010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: RODDY O KEEFFE
Module Description: This module centres around a project that involves an understanding of elementary players’ abilities and also provides practice in score-reading. Maximum 20 students. In the case of over-enrolment, selective procedures will apply.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Write within the technical range of grade 3 for the most common instruments played by children
LO2 Arrange a folk melody for elementary ensemble
LO3 Use music notation software to an appropriate level
LO4 Work towards a deadline, with time for multiple revisions
LO5 Employ the most common transposing instruments in orchestration
LO6 Follow a complex orchestral score
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).

Core Musicianship 3, or equivalent ability.
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
Elementary orchestra
Study of arranging for elementary strings, flute, clarinet and piano
String orchestra
Study of transcribing for strings
Model scores
Study of examples of writing for elementary strings
Score reading
Practice in score reading
Discovery of broad principles of orchestration
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Weekly application of orchestration skills to writing for elementary instrumental players. 1,4,5 25.0 Every Week
Other Orchestration exercises using music notation software. 3,5,6 25.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Score reading tests. 5,6 25.0 Every Second Week
Project Arrangement for elementary orchestra using music notation software. 1,2,3,4,5 25.0 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 Examples and exercises 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Class at computers on project work 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project work; score reading; exercises 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Alan Cutts, Course book, available from the lecturer
  • various composers, orchestral scores, available from the school library
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: Music Notation Software

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 4 Elective

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