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Orchestration and Arranging

Course Details

Course Number
MUSCC 3662
Section Number
MUSCC 3662
Semester
Spring 2016
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117C
Professor
Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

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MUSC 3662 Orchestration

Spring 2016

 

Course Number/Name:   MUSC 3662 Orchestration

Section Number:             201

Location:                         FA C117 C

Class Time:                              1:00-10:50 AM

Instructor:                      Dr. Tim Justus                             FA C117O

                                       397-3689                          timothy.justus@mwsu.edu

Course Description:

MUSC 3662 is the study of techniques of scoring and part editing and extraction for orchestra, and instrumental and vocal ensembles, with attention given to arranging for school ensembles.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, you should know the fundamentals of orchestration for all families of instruments and their ranges and transpositions, and have developed skills resulting in the ability to orchestrate for instrumental, vocal and mixed ensembles, especially for school ensembles, and extract readable parts for performance, and to produce in a short time, an arrangement for a specified ensemble.

 

Textbook and Materials Required:

  • Over the course of the semester you will receive significant and very helpful musical material relevant to the course
  • Three Ring Binder for handout materials
  • Pencils-mechanical preferred, eraser, ruler or straight edge, manuscript paper
  • Highly Recommended: Essential Dictionary of Orchestration by Dave Black and Tom Gerou - ($8.99) ISBN  10 0739000217/ISBN 13 9780739000212

Class Activities:

  • In class demonstration
  • Scoring and orchestration/instrumentation exercises
  • Score examination
  • Score Preparation
  • Part Extraction

Course Evaluation:

 

Course evaluation will be through short orchestration assignments, score preparation, project completion, and examination.

 

25% Examinations

25% Two Orchestration Projects of optional instrumentations (12% each)

25% Quizzes

25% Classwork orchestration/scoring assignments

 

Exams questions will consist of short answer and identification, transposition, short scoring examples, terms including foreign language terms, chord progression, etc.

 

Projects will consist of two orchestration projects chosen by student and instructor: (Details for the project will be given at the time of assignment)

 

Grading Scale

90-100-A

  80-89-B

  70-79-C

  60-69-D

   0 -59-F

 

The following rubric will be used for evaluating scores:

 

 

 

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Unsatisfactory

 

100

90

80

70

60

Score

“Publication” ready,  score order,  clean, readable, centered on the page, all dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc. complete and ready for performance

 

Nearly publication ready, clean and readable, with all dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc. complete and ready for performance

Useable but not publication ready, incomplete or inaccurate with regard to dynamics, articulations, phrase markings, etc., not ready for performance

Incomplete or inability to extract playable parts

Not useable,  incomplete, inability to extract parts

Parts

Publication ready, edited, for performance, without errors

 

Very nearly publication ready, edited and capable of presenting a performance with minimal performer editing for accurate performance

Not publication ready, largely unedited and requiring substantial editing by performers for accurate performance

Incomplete or requiring extensive  editing

Incomplete of unable to be extracted due to the inaccuracy of the score

Notation

Software manipulation to a high (professional) level, or handwritten score of extremely high quality

Software manipulation to a high amateur level or handwritten score of readable quality

Software manipulation at a novice level or handwritten score of medium quality

Software manipulation below novice level or handwritten score requiring revision

Inability to sufficiently manipulate software to create score, or handwritten score not readable or incomplete 

Accuracy

All pitches and rhythms correct and all chord changes correct and properly notated

All pitches and rhythms correct and all chord changes correct and properly notated

90% pitches  rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

80% pitches, rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

70% or fewer pitches, rhythms and chord changes correct and properly notated

Creativity

Arrangement shows innovation and imagination beyond  note for note transcription

Arrangement shows some innovation and creativity, and not merely transferred from the source score

Arrangement shows some creativity beyond transferred from source material

Arrangement shows little creativity beyond transference from source material

Arrangement demonstrates no creativity from source material

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Attendance:

Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. 

 

Absences have consequences.

  • Individuals missing 10% of class may be denied the option for makeup exams or homework, even for missing a test with an excuse.
  • In borderline grade cases, attendance will be considered a factor, for or against.

 

Excused absences include:

  • Attendance at authorized off-campus activities or functions.
  • Confinement to a university or other health facility when a written excuse is provided.
  • Absences incurred due to illness, documented by a doctor’s excuse. Exams and class-work missed during a period of excused absence must be made up the week following the absence.

 

Special Needs:

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, 397-4140.

Privacy Statement:

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.

 

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.


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.
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.

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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.

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