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CMPN1611: Instrumentation and Orchestration

Instrumentation and Orchestration, enhances students' knowledge of the modern orchestra while reinforcing core musicianship skills. Instrumentation study investigates the technical limitations and expressive potential of individual instruments. Orchestration examines a range of instrumental combinations in diverse styles and ensemble contexts, and requires that students learn best typographic practice and current conventions of notation and score layout. In examining instrumental characteristics the unit will also cover the fundamentals of acoustics and timbre perception, and will demand a thorough grasp of the harmonic series and its broader musical implications. Throughout the course students will be required to present their own arrangements and transcriptions.

Code CMPN1611
Academic unit Composition and Music Technology
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Students enrolling in this unit of study are expected to be able to read and understand instrumental music notation of moderate complexity

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of composition and arranging for a wide variety of classical acoustic instrumental ensembles.
  • LO2. Understand the musical and physical characteristics of instruments of the modern symphony orchestra.
  • LO3. Appreciate the precepts of good musical notation practice and have practical experience in producing effective music layout.
  • LO4. Better understand the psycho-acoustic implications of instrumental timbre and its relation to the natural harmonic series.