Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Mr Jordan Murray



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit examines issues associated with the arrangement, score preparation and orchestration of works from Western art music canon. Using notation software, students learn to orchestrate excerpts from select works. In-class performance workshops provide students with practical experience and feedback.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Critically evaluate, analyse and discuss various orchestration techniques from written score and audio media.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of various orchestration techniques and methodologies as informed by historical practices.
  3. Apply arranging concepts to the formulation and development of their own musical works/arrangements.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music single or double degree.