Making Arrangements (MCO4112.01)

Jennifer Allen

In this course we will discover the basic principles of arranging for various ensembles playing in multiple genres (using horns, strings, background vocals, etc. along with a rhythm section)We will look at a wide range of notable artists working in many jazz subgenres and related styles. Students will be encouraged to creatively question existing forms and traditions in pursuit of a personal voice. Arranging students’ original compositions will also be encouraged. Emphasis will be on elements of instrumentation, orchestration, harmony, melody and rhythm. A background in chord/scale theory and familiarity in music notation software is encouraged but not required. 

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Registration: Contact Bruce Williamson ( with questions about the course; Gina Deibel ( for audition/registration information.
Credits: 4
M 8:30-12:10
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Composition, Updates.