Music 335—Orchestration & Composition

Syllabus 2001

Elmhurst College

Dr. Mark Harbold

Course Goals
Materials You Will Need
Course Activities & Requirements
Course Schedule
Course Policies
Important URLs
How to Find Me
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Course Goals

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Materials You Will Need

Required materials—
Gary White. Instrumental Arranging. McGraw-Hill, 1992.
Gary White. Student Workbook to accompany Instrumental Arranging. McGraw-Hill, 1992.
Music Manuscript paper with at least 16-18 staves per page

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Course Activities & Requirements


Your final grade will be based on the following—
 Daily Assignments  25 @ 0.4%
 Quizzes  12 @ 2.5%
 Projects    3 @  15%
 Final Exam    1 @  15%

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About Assignments and Testing

Daily Assignments—Reading assignments are on the Course Schedule below. Workbook pages, listening & score study, MIDI assignments, and other work will be assigned in class on a daily basis. Failure to do assignments will count against your final grade.

Quizzes—Weekly quizzes will cover daily assignments (reading, workbook, listening, etc.) and materials covered in class.

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Projects—Three transcription and arranging projects must be completed using MIDI notation (Finale) and/or sequencing (Vision or Musicshop) software. These short works for various ensembles will demonstrate your mastery of course materials. Grades are based on technical skill, musical effectiveness & creativity. Projects Two and Three will be performed by the Elmhurst College Band and Jazz Band during the last week of the semester (dates and times T.B.A.), so you must hand in both score and parts and attend the rehearsals at which your arrangements will be read.

Final Exam—This comprehensive exam will test you on the most essential materials covered in this course. The exam exercises (on transposition, textural analysis, error detection, instrument characteristics, and so on) will closely resemble exercises from the weekly quizzes.

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Jan 30
Unit 1—Fundamentals
Notation & Transposition
Read—Ch. 1, pp. 1-20
Feb 1
Unit 1—Fundamentals
Preparing Scores & Parts
Read—Ch. 2, pp. 21-33
Assignment 1—Ch. 1: E1; F1; H1; I1; J; K; M6 & 8
Feb 6
Unit 1—Fundamentals
Musical Textures
Read—Ch. 3, pp. 34-50
Assignment 2—Ch. 2: B1b (mm. 1-13) & 8; C3
Feb 8
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Woodwinds I
Read—Ch. 4, pp. 51-62, 70-75
Assignment 3—Ch. 3: B3-8
Feb 13
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Woodwinds II
Read—Ch. 4, pp. 63-69
Assignment 4—Ch 4: A1-3, 6-8; C1-2; D3-4
Quiz One (Ch. 1-3)
Feb 15
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Brass I
Read—Ch. 5, pp. 76-84
Assignment 5—Ch 4: B1-3, 5-7, 9-12 (1st 2 meas.)
Feb 20
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Brass II
Read—Ch. 5, pp. 85-92
Assignment 6—Ch. 5: A1-3, 7-8; D3 & 5; G1 (1st 5 notes)
Quiz Two (Ch. 4)
Feb 22
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Percussion I
Read—Ch. 6, pp. 93-105
Assignment 7—Ch. 5: B (1st meas.); F1-2 (1st 2 meas.)
Feb 27
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Percussion II
Read—Ch. 6, pp. 105-125
Assignment 8—Ch. 6: A; B; C
Quiz Three (Ch. 5)
Mar 1
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Strings I
Read—Ch. 7, pp. 126-140
Assignment 9—Ch. 6: D
Mar 6
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Strings II
Read—Ch. 7, pp. 141-148
Assignment 10—Ch 7: A2-4 (1st 2 meas.); B1-3
Quiz Four (Ch. 6)
Mar 8
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Keyboards, Harp & Guitar
Read—Ch. 8, pp. 149-167
Assignment 11—Ch. 7: C; E1-4
Mar 13
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Human Voices & Young Musicians
Read—Ch. 9, pp. 168-178; 
Appendix B, pp. 369-379
Assignment 12—Ch. 8: A2-4; B1; C; D (mm. 1-4, 16-19)
Quiz Five (Ch. 7)
Mar 15
Unit 2—Instrumentation
Balance, Blend, Masking, & Voice Crossing
Read—Ch. 10, pp. 179-192
Assignment 13—Ch. 9: A1 (to m. 4), 2-4 (to m. 2); B

Mar 18-25
Spring Break
Mar 27
Unit 3—Transcription
Monophonic Texture & Melody
Read—Ch. 11, pp. 193-210
Assignment 14—Ch. 10: A1-3, 6, 10-13; B2-3, 5-6, 8-10, 13-14
Quiz Six (Ch. 8-9; Appendix B)
Mar 29
Unit 3—Transcription
Homorhythmic Texture & Harmony
Read—Ch. 12, pp. 211-227
Assignment 15—Ch. 11: A2
Apr 3
Unit 3—Transcription
Polyphonic Textures I
Read—Ch. 13, pp. 228-231
Assignment 16—Ch. 12: A4
Apr 5
Unit 3—Transcription
Polyphonic Textures II
Read—Ch. 13, pp. 231-238
Assignment 17—Ch. 13: A2
Quiz Seven (Ch. 10-12)
Apr 10
Unit 3—Transcription
Homophonic Textures I
Read—Ch. 14, pp. 239-244
Assignment 18—Ch. 13: A4
Apr 12
Unit 3—Transcription
Homophonic Textures II
Read—Ch. 14, pp. 245-258
Assignment 19—Ch. 14: A1-9 (analysis); A3 (arrange)
Quiz Eight (Ch. 13)
Apr 17
Unit 4—Arranging
Accompaniment Textures
Read—Ch. 15, pp. 259-270
Assignment 20—Ch. 14: A9 (arrange)
Project One Due
Apr 19
Unit 4—Arranging
Introductions, Transitions & Codas
Read—Ch. 16, pp. 271-288
Assignment 21—Ch. 15: B (choose one)
Quiz Nine (Ch. 14)
Apr 24
Unit 4—Arranging
Planning Form
Read—Ch. 17, pp. 289-298
Assignment 22—Ch. 16: A
Apr 26
Unit 4—Arranging
Further Arranging Concerns
Read—Ch. 18, pp. 299-309
Assignment 23—Ch. 17: 1-5
Quiz Ten (Ch. 15-16)
May 1
Unit 4—Arranging
Larger Ensembles I
Read—Ch. 18, pp. 299-309
Project Two Due
May 3
Unit 4—Arranging
Larger Ensembles II
Read—Ch. 19, pp. 310-332
Assignment 24—Ch. 19: A; B1-2
Quiz Eleven (Ch. 17-18)
May 8
Unit 4—Arranging
Larger Ensembles III
Read—Ch. 20, pp. 333-366
Project Three Due
May 10
Unit 4—Arranging
Larger Ensembles IV
Quiz Twelve (Ch. 18-19)
Tuesday, May 15
Final Exam, 1 pm

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Course Policies

Class Participation

Attendance and participation are important. Under normal circumstances, tell me ahead of time if you must miss class. In emergencies, present a note from your doctor, the college health service, or the Dean when you return. You can be absent or late up to three times each without penalty; further lateness or absences will count against your final grade.

Academic Dishonesty

This course follows the guidelines described in the E-Book. Any attempt to submit someone else’s work, words, or ideas as if they were your own is plagiarism, which may result in a “zero” for the assignment, an “F” for the course, or referral to the Dean of Students. Click here to read the E-Book’s Code of Academic Integrity.

Elmhurst College Disabilities Policy

Elmhurst College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this course, please contact the Director of Advising at 103 Goebel Hall (617-3450).

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Important URLs

EC Web-based Email—

Music Department Web Page—

Mark Harbold’s Web Page—

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How to Find Me

If you need assistance of any kind in this course, please contact me. You can see me during office hours, or make an appointment.
Office Irion 113
Office Hours MW 10:30-11:30
TTh 2:30-3:30
Phone 630.617.3521
Fax 630.617.3738

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