MUSA224-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Orchestration and Arranging

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course will assist students to further develop skills in instrumentation and scoring for combinations of instruments, writing arrangements for small ensembles, using virtual instruments, and scoring for film.

This course will assist students to develop skills in instrumentation and scoring for combinations of instruments, as well as expanding piano scores for small ensembles. It will also assist students to acquire skills in using virtual instruments, scoring for film, using a computer to arrange an existing work, and using of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of instruments, their ranges and capabilities;
  • Skills in orchestrating from piano score to small ensembles and combos;
  • Skills in using virtual instruments;
  • Skills in managing timbre and texture;
  • Skills in transcribing and arranging musical material for small orchestras and various popular genres;
  • Skills in some uses of DAWs including software instruments.

    Transferable Skills:
  • Identifying and conceptualising and solving problems
  • Decision-making
  • Self-assessment
  • Goal-setting
  • Time-management and meeting deadlines
  • Design and construction skills
  • Verbal and written articulation skills
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Either MUSA100 or MUSA101



Timetable Note

Lectures: Fridays 9:00–11:50 FA122
Laboratory: Fridays 11:00-11:50 FA225 Computer Lab

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures
• 12 hours attending tutorials
• 114 hours of self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assessment 1 20 Sep 2020 50%
Assessment 2 18 Oct 2020 50%

Students will undertake:
Two significant and contrasting orchestration / arranging tasks worth 50% each. One of the assignments must be a notated orchestration of a work to be decided in consultation with the course lecturers; the other can be an orchestration or an arrangement.

All submissions must be made via Learn. Work not submitted through Learn will not be assessed.

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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  • MUSA224-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022