MUSA224-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Orchestration and Arranging

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Learn how to score and arrange for symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and large ensembles.

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

  • Have detailed knowledge of the ranges and capabilities of the instruments and sections of a
    symphony orchestra;
  • Be able to orchestrate from piano score to orchestra;
  • Be able to transcribe and arrange musical material for orchestra;
  • Understand modern notation conventions and best practices for orchestral scoring;
  • Know how to prepare a professional orchestral score and parts using industry standard
    notation software.

    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.




Timetable Note

Lectures: Thursdays 10-12 @ FA122
Labs weeks 1-6: Tuesdays 14-15 @ FA122
Labs weeks 7-12: Tuesdays 14-15 @ 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


Hamish Oliver


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

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.

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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.

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  • MUSA224-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023