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Program Name or

Course Name and Number:  Midi / Computer Orchestration

Credit and Hours : 3 credits: Three hours

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition: determined by instructor

Course Description :

Orchestration using  current computer technology.

The course will work to a certain extent like a traditional orchestration course, looking at orchestral scores both classic and modern to see how great composers have dealt with orchestrational issues.

The main focus of the course is how orchestration can be done on the computer using current software – Logic and orchestral libraries to do high quality demos and arrangements, and Sibelius to do notation.

Students will be asked to do two larger projects both involving making computer/orchestral demos, and then a number of smaller studies.

Prerequisites:some knowledge of sequencer and or notation programs will be very beneficial.Facility with the computer in general very important

Recommended Student Characteristics- aptitude for technological work

Learning Outcomes

Activities and DesignTexts and Equipment


Library Resources Available/Required: some orchestral scores

Student Evaluation:

Course Topics:

  1. Study of instruments – anything that might be used in a modern orchestral setting
    • ranges, appropriate use, etc.
  2. Development of orchestration referring to specific works –
    • Mozart Symphonies, Beethoven Symphonies, Mahler, Debussy, Stravinsky, Glass, Andriessen
  3. Setting up a virtual orchestra in a sequencer (Logic)
  4. Use of orchestra libraries
  5. Making an orchestral arrangement
  6. Making an orchestral demo
  7. Mastering an orchestral demo
  8. Transferring midi data from a sequencer to a notation program
  9. Production of an orchestral score and parts

Objectives: students should be able to orchestrate, demo and notate a large scale work.

Lecture schedule:

Materials: – all software used for class teaching is available in the VCC Computer Music Lab. Students may of course also use equivalent software at home to do the required work.

Student materials:

Evaluation methods:

2 orchestral demos 35% each 70%

smaller studies 30% 30

Total 100%