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Orchestration and Arranging

Course Details

Course Number
3662
Section Number
3662
Semester
Spring 2018
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117A
Days & Times

Tuesday, Thursday 8:30-9:20

Professor
Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

 

  1. To understand the fundamentals of orchestration for all families of instruments and their ranges and transpositions
  2. To develop the skills necessary to arrange or orchestrate for instrumental and vocal ensembles, with attention to arranging for school ensembles
Grading Standards

Grading

 

Instruction takes place in the form of demonstration and in-class practice, assigned textbook reading assignments, out of class work, handouts, discussion and computer assisted learning and composition/arranging.

 

 

Grading Scale:

91-100=A

81-90=B

71-80=C

61-70=D

 

 

 

Exams

Points/Grade Calculation

Exams

25%

Classwork/Homework

25%

Quizzes

25%

Final Project

25%

To calculate your final grade, take the sum of the averages of the all exams, all classwork/homework and all quizzes and divide by 4

 

 

Exams

Exams will be given over significant topics and graded on a 100 point scale. At least a week notice will be given prior to exams if deviating from the syllabus. Missing an exam is highly discouraged. Make up exams are given at the convenience of the instructor. All exams will be taken in pencil.

Final Exam

The final exam will not be weighted any heavier than other exams, but will however be cumulative, due to the nature of the course content. The final project will be presented during the final exam period. (No exceptions).

Final Exam 05/08/2018 3:30-5:30
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Late Work 

See “Make Up Work” below.  

 

Make Up Work/Tests

Quizzes may not be made up. Homework/classwork may be turned in without penalty on the date due, by 5 PM.

 

Examinations, with the exception of the final exam, may be made up within a week of the original examination dates, for excused absences, i.e. illness with a doctor’s excuse or official university function. The final exam MAY NOT be made up.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance

“Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled.” (Student Handbook, p. 39)  Excused absences are recognized for illness and university sponsored official events.

 

There is no specific university policy regarding attendance; instructors are allowed to determine their own attendance policies. For purposes of this class anyone missing 10% of the total number of classes (5) may be denied the opportunity for making up

a missed exam.

 

Roll is kept on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor.

Other Policies

Course Syllabus: Orchestration and Arranging

College of Fine Arts

MUSC 3662 Section 201

Spring 2018 January 13-May 12, 2018

 

Contact Information

Instructor:  Dr. Tim Justus

Office:       Fain Fine Arts Building C117O

Office Hours:List office hours

Office phone: (940) 397.6839

E-mail:      timothy.justus@mwsu.edu

 

Course Description

MUSC 3662 Orchestration and Arranging is the study of the techniques of scoring for instrumental and vocal ensembles with attention given to arranging for school and small mixed ensembles.

 

Course Objectives:

 

  1. To understand the fundamentals of orchestration for all families of instruments and their ranges and transpositions
  2. To develop the skills necessary to arrange or orchestrate for instrumental and vocal ensembles, with attention to arranging for school ensembles

Textbook & Instructional Materials

Blatter, Alfred. Instrumentation and Orchestration. (2nd edition. Schirmer.)

Black, Dave and Tom Gerou. Essential Dictionary of Orchestration

 

Manuscript paper, soft lead pencils, ruler or straight edge, and other music manuscript preparation materials. (All work will be done in pencil. Specific assignments may be accomplished on Finale® or MUSCORE.) 

 

Study Hours and Tutoring Assistance

Any member of the course may request assistance from the instructor during regular office hours or at any other time by appointment.

 

Student Handbook

https://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/Student%20Handbook%202016-17%20(web).pdf

 

Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.

 

Grading

 

Instruction takes place in the form of demonstration and in-class practice, assigned textbook reading assignments, out of class work, handouts, discussion and computer assisted learning and composition/arranging.

 

 

Grading Scale:

91-100=A

81-90=B

71-80=C

61-70=D

 

 

 

Exams

Points/Grade Calculation

Exams

25%

Classwork/Homework

25%

Quizzes

25%

Final Project

25%

To calculate your final grade, take the sum of the averages of the all exams, all classwork/homework and all quizzes and divide by 3

 

 

Exams

Exams will be given over significant topics and graded on a 100 point scale. At least a week notice will be given prior to exams if deviating from the syllabus. Missing an exam is highly discouraged. Make up exams are given at the convenience of the instructor. All exams will be taken in pencil.

Final Exam

The final exam will not be weighted any heavier than other exams, but will however be cumulative, due to the nature of the course content. The final project will be presented during the final exam period. (No exceptions).

 

Extra Credit

 

There are no extra credit assignments or extra credit provisions in this course.

Late Work 

See “Make Up Work” below.  

 

Make Up Work/Tests

Quizzes may not be made up. Homework/classwork may be turned in without penalty on the date due, by 5 PM.

 

Examinations, with the exception of the final exam, may be made up within a week of the original examination dates, for excused absences, i.e. illness with a doctor’s excuse or official university function. The final exam MAY NOT be made up.

 

Important Dates

Last day for term schedule changes: 1/16/18  

Deadline to file for graduation: 2/19/18

Last Day to drop with a grade of “W:” 3/26/18

       

Refer to: Drops, Withdrawals & Void

 

Desire-to-Learn (D2L)

This course will not require any D2L resources.

 

Attendance

“Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are enrolled.” (Student Handbook, p. 39)  Excused absences are recognized for illness and university sponsored official events.

 

There is no specific university policy regarding attendance; instructors are allowed to determine their own attendance policies. For purposes of this class anyone missing 10% of the total number of classes (5) may be denied the opportunity for making up

a missed exam.

 

Roll is kept on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. Instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor.

 

Computer Requirements

It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer for this class. Information pertaining to the conduct of the course is sent to the e-mail address specified in the detail class list provided to the instructor. Personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered a reason for failure to have the study guide or listening example links.  Computers are available on campus in various areas of the buildings as well as the Academic Success Center.

 

Instructor Class Policies

Disruptive behavior, as determined by the instructor, may be subject for removal from class.

 

Disruptive activities include but are not limited to;

Conversing with another person in such a way that it is distracting to the class or to the instructor or creates an interruption in the class sequence

 

Speaking disrespectfully to another person in class

 

Use of an electronic device in such a way as to be considered by the instructor to be disruptive. Electronic devices are not permitted during examination periods.

 

Repeatedly leaving the room

 

Creating a circumstance or situation that disrupts the classroom decorum or other behavior of a nature considered to be a distraction

 

Making a video or audio recording of the instructor without permission is prohibited, as is the posting a video of classroom activity to a social media site without the written permission of the instructor.

Change of Schedule

A student dropping a course (but not withdrawing from the University) within the first 12 class days of a regular semester or the first four class days of a summer semester is eligible for a100% refund of applicable tuition and fees. Dates are published in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

 

 

 

Refund and Repayment Policy

A student who withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from Midwestern State University (MSU) may be eligible to receive a refund for all or a portion of the tuition, fees and room/board charges that were paid to MSU for the semester. HOWEVER, if the student received financial aid (federal/state/institutional grants, loans and/or scholarships), all or a portion of the refund may be returned to the financial aid programs. As described below, two formulas (federal and state) exists in determining the amount of the refund. (Examples of each refund calculation will be made available upon request).

 

Disability Support Services

Midwestern State University is committed to providing equal access for qualified students with disabilities to all university courses and programs, and by law all students with disabilities are guaranteed a learning environment that provides reasonable accommodation of their disability. This guarantee is provided through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA reads: “No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.” The Director of Disability Support Services serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4140, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center 168.

 

College Policies

Smoking/Tobacco Policy

College policy strictly prohibits the use of tobacco products in any building owned or operated by WATC.  Adult students may smoke only in the outside designated-smoking areas at each location. 

Campus Carry Rules/Policies

Refer to: Campus Carry Rules and Policies

Alcohol and Drug Policy

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Midwestern State are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on university property or as part of any university-sponsored activity. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities.

 

Grade Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal a grade should consult the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Volume LXXVIII, number 1 (2010 to 2012), pp. 75 thru 77.

 

Notice
Changes in the course syllabus, procedure, assignments, and schedule may be made at the discretion of the instructor and will be announced in class and accompanied with an e-mail notification.

 

 

Date

Topic/Assignments

Class No.

Tue, Jan 17

Orchestrations/Arrangements/Editions/Transcriptions/

History of the Orchestra/Chapter 1 Scores and Parts

1

Thu, Jan 23

Chapter 2 Orchestral Strings/String Arranging Assignment

2

Tue, Jan 25

Quiz/String Transpositions and Ranges/Assignment Review

3

Thu, Jan 30

Chapter 3 Woodwinds/Woodwind Arranging Assignment

4

Tue, Feb 1

Quiz/Woodwind Transpositions and Ranges/Assignment Review

5

Thu, Feb 6

Exam I String and Woodwinds

6

Tue, Feb 8

Chapter 4 Brass Instruments/Brass Arranging Assignment

7

Thu, Feb 13

Quiz/Brass Transpositions and Ranges/Assignment Review

8

Tue, Feb 15

Chapter 5 Percussion/Percussion Scoring Assignment

9

Thu, Feb 20

Quiz/Percussion/Assignment Review

10

Tue, Feb 22

Exam II/Brass and Percussion

11

Mon, Feb 27

Chapter 6-7 Other Instruments and Voices/Arranging Assignment

12

Thu, Mar 1

Quiz/Chapter 6-7/Assignment Review

13

Tue, Mar 6

Exam III/Chapter 6-7

 

Thu Mar 8

Chapter 8 Elements of Musical Scoring/Project Assignment

14

Tue, Mar 20

Instrumental Color/Scoring Primary and Subordinate Lines

15

Thu, Mar 22

Scoring Chord Voicings

16

Tue, Mar 27

Chapter 9 Scoring for Various Ensembles/Strings

17

Thu Mar 29

Scoring for Wind Band

18

Tue Apr 3

Scoring Percussion

19

Thu, Apr 5

Scoring for Voices

20

Tue, Apr 10

Chapter 10 Transcribing

21

Thu, Apr 12

Quiz/Transcription Techniques

22

Tue, Apr 17

Chapter 11 Other Arranging Techniques

23

Thu, Apr 19

Orchestral Color and “Ersatz Arrangements”

24

Tue, Apr 24

Project Tutorials

25

Thu, Apr 26

Project Tutorials

26

Tue, May 1

Chapter 12 Chamber Music Arrangements/Scoring Assignment

27

Thu, May 3

Assignment Review and Final Review

28

Wed, 5/8/17,  3:30-5:30 PM

Presentation of Final Orchestration Projects

30

 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.