Small Jazz Ensemble Arranging and Orchestration 1

Course Code: MEL 3072

Academic Year: 2023-2024

In this course, students learn the skills and techniques necessary to arrange and orchestrate for ensembles consisting of a rhythm section and up to four brass instruments and or saxophones in a mainstream jazz style grounded in tonal harmony. The ways in which these essential foundational techniques continue to inform current practice are also examined. The ensemble roles, ranges, and timbral considerations of brass, reed, and rhythm section instruments are examined in depth. Through studying orchestration, including listening analytically to recorded examples from the latter half of the 20th century to the present day and applying the knowledge thus gained in written assignments, students gain the ability to orchestrate music for a variety of instrumental settings.