Musical Directing and Arranging


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17th Nov - 2018




Full time (Level 6):

Piano & Voice: £2,700


Termly (Level 6)

Piano & Voice: £550

Rock & Pop or Choir: £550

Big Band or Orchestral: £550

Awarding Body

Open University



Start Date

January, April & October 2019




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This level 6 module covers every possible musical scenario, with all your arrangements being played by live musicians. Whether conducting and arranging a string quartet, working with a big band or arranging for a rock band, this module teaches students both arranging and practical people skills.

Aims of the module

Through the practice of arranging for and directing a wide variety of ensembles, this module aims to help students develop versatility in stylistic arrangement, musical ideas and vocabulary, and achieve a highly advanced understanding of instrumentation and musical language


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites for taking the module

  • A good prior–knowledge of instrumental ranges, for example horns, strings.
  • The ability to write functional parts for rhythm sections.
  • The harmonic skills required to be able to write for a number of different line-ups, for example a good knowledge of Major and minor harmony is needed along with the ability to voice extended chords in open and closed position.
  • Good inter-personal skills, as unlike some of the Composition modules students will be directing all of the external musicians.
  • To have a good understanding of well-established techniques and approaches for musical arrangement.
  • Functional keyboard skills



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