Discover the joy of creating your own arrangements. If you want to enjoy arranging but lack confidence, this could be the course for you. Learn to arrange piano music for ensemble or even for full orchestra, and learn how to convert an orchestral score into a work for small ensemble or piano.
STANDARD: IMPROVER, CONFIDENT, SKILFUL
Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/R02
Booking for Members opens at 9am on Friday 14 May 2021.
Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Friday 18 June 2021.
For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.
What is the course about?
Discover the joy of creating your own arrangements. If you want to enjoy arranging but lack confidence, this could be the course for you. Learn to arrange piano music for ensemble or even for full orchestra, and learn how to convert an orchestral score into a work for small ensemble or piano. We’ll look at instrumental tones and how to blend them. There will also be demonstrations of the Sibelius notation software system available. Please bring along anything you are currently working on, manuscript paper, and if you have a laptop you might want to bring it with you too.
What will we cover?
We are looking to develop our confidence and to work in blending the instrumental tone colours to produce the best for the players we are writing for.
What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…
Most people are needing to make arrangements for friends or for school ensembles and you should be able to make the best use of your players, without over exposing players with less experience - sometimes the instruments available are not a standard ensemble and we need to blend instruments that don’t always play together.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally, you will have some experience as a player and have a basic grasp of theory and harmony. Bear in mind that many instrumentalists play in tenor or alto clef in addition to treble and bass, so a basic understanding is important. Some instruments such as clarinets, horns and trumpets are used to playing from already transposed parts.
How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?
Numbers make working as a group essential. With everyone working on different things it is essential that computer users use headphones. The tutor will give feedback during the course and peer feedback is very useful.
Will music be provided in advance of the course?
Participants are requested to bring their own music so that the work done can be most useful to each worker.
Is there anything I need to bring?
You are encouraged to bring something you are working on. If you use a laptop, please bring it (with headphones). If you prefer to use manuscript paper it’s fine.
What previous participants said about this course…
“The tutor was very knowledgeable and willing to help, and I gained a lot of useful knowledge and helpful ideas of how to continue my arrangement.”
“Alwyn the tutor was excellent.”