Class Ensemble Project MUS 111 SyllabusMUS 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).

In January
  • I create a balanced MUS 111 ensemble. Students usually perform on their major instrument. I consider MUS 110 attendance.
  • If you wish 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 written for clarinets.)
  • If you wish to arrange music, begin creating a short score now.
Due Friday of Week 7Assignment 1 — Short Score (no full score yet)
Due BEFORE Tuesday of Week 12Assignment 2 — Full Score (NO parts yet) — Your software can display in concert pitch, copy, paste, and transpose.
Tuesday of Week 12 — Ask the experts.
Assignment 3 — Revise your full score and print parts. Your software can extract parts.
Fridays at the end of the Semester — Performances
Assignment 4Reflection — Your answers are due by the last day of class or earlier.
Grading Rubric

Useful links:

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