Orchestration
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Orchestration

The complete course in instrumentation & orchestration
4.7 (499 ratings)
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3,581 students enrolled
Created by Jonathan Peters
Last updated 5/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 90 articles
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be learning from a professional and award-winning composer and orchestrator.
  • You will learn about orchestral instruments and their notation, transposition, ranges, register strengths, dynamic capabilities, playing techniques, and more.
  • You will learn how to properly prepare a score and parts and tips on how to proof them before publishing or performance.
  • You will acquire knowledge of the different types of timbres and textures and how and why to use them.
  • You will learn how spacing and voicing is used in orchestral chords and how to score chords for the orchestra and each section.
  • You will learn about various instrument combinations, and the different roles each instrument and section plays within the whole.
  • You will learn many orchestration tips and techniques to help you in your orchestrations.
  • You will learn strategies for reading scores.
  • You will study hundreds of score examples, diagrams, and audio clips.
  • You will get access to many free external resources.
  • You will have your knowledge tested with nearly 1,000 quiz questions.
Requirements
  • You must be able to read music and have a basic understanding of music notation
  • You must have a basic understanding of music theory
  • You must already have some basic experience in music composition
  • You must have "musescore" or some type of music notation software capable of producing orchestral size scores
  • Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial if you have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument)
Description

The course is divided into two parts: part 1 is on Instrumentation and part 2 is on Orchestration. Instrumentation is an important and necessary first step since you cannot write for orchestra if you don’t know about the individual instruments of the orchestra.

In part 1 you will learn how each instrument is constructed, how they produce sound, how they are properly notated, their playing and sounding ranges, register characteristics, dynamic capabilities and common playing techniques.

In part 2 you will learn basic concepts for writing for orchestra, including how to create and effectively use different timbres and textures, the best methods for scoring chords, the roles each instrument and section play within the whole, how to properly prepare a score and parts, and how to proof before publishing. The course concludes with an entire section of helpful orchestration tips and techniques. There are also a number of useful reference charts in the appendix.

At key points in the course  you will be given score reading assignments, listening assignments, composing assignments, and quizzes.

A vital component to the study of orchestration is score reading, and so throughout the course you will be asked to read scores. There are some score excerpts in the course but the majority of score reading will be done on your own. There is an important reason for this. Taking a course in orchestration is a great start to learning how to write for orchestra but the only way to become truly knowledgeable and skilled in this very complex art form is through a lifetime of score study and through a lifetime of experience gained from actual writing for orchestra. This cannot be emphasized enough.

Note: This is not a music theory course or a music composition course. This course was written for individuals who already have a basic foundation in music theory (including music notation) and music composition. If you need or would like to develop your knowledge in these areas please see the following courses by the instructor.

Music Theory

Music Composition 1

Music Composition 2

Four-part Harmony

Who this course is for:
  • Beginning to intermediate level composers and orchestrators
  • Composers who want to expand their writing skills into the area of orchestration
  • All musicians wanting to learn about instrumentation and orchestration
  • People who have had a course in either instrumentation or orchestration but not both and are missing half the picture
Course content
Expand all 178 lectures 06:15:27
+ BEFORE YOU BEGIN
3 lectures 05:46

A brief outline of the course.

Preview 02:44

A list of the free resources you will need for this course.

Resources
01:46

An explanation of "Scientific Pitch Notation" which will be used throughout this course. 

Scientific Pitch Notation
01:16
Section 1
10 questions
+ INTRODUCTION TO BOWED STRINGS
2 lectures 07:53

Details of how bowed string instruments are constructed, the names of their parts, and how they produce sound.

Construction & Sound Production
02:18

How to properly notate bowings for string instruments. 

Bowing
05:35
Section 2
31 questions
+ BOWED STRINGS
5 lectures 14:42

Basics about the violin including a quick reference chart, notation, range, tuning, string characteristics, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Violin
04:12

Basics about the viola including a quick reference chart, notation, range, tuning, string characteristics, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Viola
03:10

Basics about the cello including a quick reference chart, notation, range, tuning, string characteristics, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Cello
03:18

Basics about the double bass including a quick reference chart, notation, range, tuning, string characteristics, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Double Bass
03:30
Section 3
41 questions
Score Study & Listening Assignments
00:32
+ PLAYING TECHNIQUES FOR BOWED STRING INSTRUMENTS
21 lectures 47:48

An overview of what will be covered in section 4.

Intro
00:11

An explanation of vibrato, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Vibrato
02:01

An explanation of legato and détaché, how these techniques are performed,  and how to properly notated them in the score. Audio examples are included.

Legato & Détaché
02:05

An explanation of portato, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Portato
00:40

An explanation of staccato and spiccato, how these techniques are performed, and how to properly notated them in the score. Audio examples are included.

Staccato & Spiccato
02:34

An explanation of the trill, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Trills
03:34

An explanation of the tremolo, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Tremolos
04:38

An explanation of sul tasto and sul ponticello, how these techniques are performed, and how to properly notated them in the score. Audio examples are included.

Special Bow Placements
01:57

An explanation of glissando, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Glissando
02:11

An explanation of portamento, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Portamento
01:28

An explanation of col legno tratto and col legno battuto, how these techniques are performed, and how to properly notated them in the score. Audio examples are included.

Col Legno
04:07

An explanation of mutes, and how to properly notated the placement or removal of a mute. Audio examples are included.

Mutes
01:59

An explanation of natural harmonics (including a brief overview of the harmonic series), how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score.

Natural Harmonics
04:39

An explanation of artificial harmonics, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Includes audio examples of normal pitches, natural harmonics, and artificial harmonics.

Artificial Harmonics
05:34

An explanation of pizzicato, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score.

Pizzicato
02:44

An explanation of snap pizzicato, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples of both pizzicato and snap pizzicato are included.

Snap Pizzicato
01:41

An explanation of double stops, triple stops, and quadruple stops, how these techniques are performed, and how to properly notated them in the score.

Multiple Stops
03:03

An explanation of divisi, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score.

Divisi
01:55

Video demonstrations of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Bowed String Demonstrations
00:09
Section 4
79 questions
Score Study & Listening Assignments
00:16
Writing Assignments
00:20
+ HARP
1 lecture 08:57

Basics about the harp including a quick reference chart, notation, range, pedal tunings, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Preview 08:57
Section 5
32 questions
+ PLAYING TECHNIQUES FOR HARP
8 lectures 11:12

How chords are played on the harp, which fingers are used, and how to properly notate them. Includes a chart showing the average maximum stretch for each pair of fingers.

Chords
01:55

Types of glissandi possible on the harp and how to notate them.

Glissando
01:19

The two ways in which a harpist can perform a trill and the benefits to each method.

Trills
00:50

The three ways in which a harpist can perform a trill and the benefits to each method.

Tremolos
01:48

The types of harmonics possible on harp and limitations due to right and left hand.

Harmonics
04:36

Video demonstrations of the harp.

Harp Demonstration
00:09
Section 6
35 questions
Score Study & Listening Assignments
00:15
Writing Assignments
00:19
+ INTRODUCTION TO WOODWINDS
2 lectures 02:37

An explanation of how woodwinds are constructed, how they produce sound, the Boehm system, reeds, and embouchure.


Construction & Sound Production
01:07

An explanation of transposition and why we use it.

Transposition
01:30
Section 7
15 questions
+ WOODWINDS
9 lectures 19:22

Basics about the flute including a quick reference chart, notation, range, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Flute
03:17

Basics about the piccolo including a quick reference chart, notation, range, transposition, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Piccolo
01:50

Basics about the oboe including a quick reference chart, notation, range, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Oboe
01:58

Basics about the English horn including a quick reference chart, notation, range, transposition, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

English Horn
01:43

Basics about the clarinet including a quick reference chart, notation, range, transposition, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Clarinet
03:01

Basics about the bass clarinet including a quick reference chart, notation, range, transposition, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Bass Clarinet
01:53

Basics about the bassoon including a quick reference chart, notation, range, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Bassoon
01:57

Basics about the contrabassoon including a quick reference chart, notation, range, transposition, register characteristics, and dynamic capabilities.

Contrabassoon
02:20
Section 8
101 questions
Score Study & Listening Assignments
01:23
+ PLAYING TECHNIQUES FOR WOODWINDS
11 lectures 16:36

An overview of what will be covered in section 9.

Intro
00:07

An explanation of vibrato on woodwinds, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Vibrato
01:33

An explanation of tonguing on woodwinds, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Tonguing
02:51

An explanation of flutter tongue on woodwinds, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Flutter Tongue
02:22

Guidelines for writing trills on woodwinds. Audio examples are included.

Trills
03:30

Guidelines for writing tremolos on woodwinds. Audio examples are included.

Tremolos
03:19

An explanation of glissando on woodwinds, how this technique is performed, its limitations, and how to properly notated it in the score. Audio examples are included.

Glissando
01:37

An explanation of mutes for woodwinds, how this technique is performed, and how to properly notated it in the score.

Mutes
00:39

Video demonstrations of the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.

Woodwind Demonstrations
00:09
Section 9
40 questions
Score Study & Listening Assignments
00:09
Writing Assignments
00:20
+ INTRODUCTION TO BRASS
1 lecture 02:23

The materials brass instruments are made of, the names of their parts, how they produce sound, and a brief history of how brass instruments developed.

Construction & Sound Production
02:23
Section 10
17 questions