This unit focuses on the principles and techniques of arranging for popular music. Students are introduced to: the characteristics of musical instruments including synthesizers; idiomatic writing as part of the arranging process; blend, balance and voicing; melodic and harmonic embellishment; form and structure; timbre and texture; and dynamic and spectral contour. Students analyse and critique these techniques in a selection of exemplary works and relevant texts and then produce and perform the techniques in illustrative arrangement contexts.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Learning materials will be provided via VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):