Class Ensemble Project MuseScore TipsMUS 111 ScheduleWilliam Wieland
Writing music well for a unique ensemble is a useful skill. You will create a piece for instruments available in class. We will perform these in class at the end of the semester. You will not perform on your own work but instead listen from an “audience seat”. You must score your piece for the entire ensemble—excluding yourself.
January & February • I create a balanced MUS 111 ensemble. Students usually perform on their major instrument. I consider MUS 110 attendance.
• Choose one of three options: an original composition, an arrangement, or a transcription.
  1. If you choose to compose original music, begin creating a short score now. (One of my graduate school professors, Dominick Argento, believed that clarinets should only perform music originally written for clarinets.)
  2. If you wish to arrange music, begin creating a short score now. For example, how you will voice chords from a jazz lead sheet?
  3. If you transcribe music from another ensemble, figure out tricky conversions. For example, how will piano music be written for wind instruments?
Before Spring Break Short Score DUE — NO full score yet
Tuesday before Easter Full Score DUE — NO parts yet — Your software can display in concert pitch, copy, paste, and transpose.
Tuesday before Easter Ask the experts.
Before the Last Class Day Revised Full Score and Parts DUE — Your software can extract parts.
End of the Semester Performances
Before the Final Exam Reflection DUE
Useful links: Instrumentation Tips
Very Comfortable Concert Pitch Ranges
Brass Instruments and the Overtone Series
Scales for Instruments
Scoring for Student Ensembles
Tips from Frank Erickson's Arranging for the Concert Band
Good books: • Samuel Adler. The Study of Orchestration. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.
 NSU Library: Main MT70 .A3 2002
• Alfred Blatter. Instrumentation and Orchestration. 2nd ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.
 NSU Library: Main MT70 .B56 1997
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