Arranging for Songwriters

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This course serves to reinforce and build upon the concepts and skills acquired in Arranging 1, Lyric Writing 1, Songwriting 1, and DAW for Songwriters. The course emphasizes the role of musical parts in supporting a lead vocal melody by employing a range of arrangement tools and techniques. This includes arranging techniques as voicings, pads, stabs, call and response; making rhythmic, harmonic, and instrumentation choices; as well as incorporating strings and horns into an arrangement. Throughout the course, students will be required to develop chart notation skills for their original songs, record and produce audio/midi mock-ups, and will have the opportunity to rehearse and record an arrangement with a project band. These practical experiences will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

AR-111 or AR-123; SW-212 and SW-222; and SW-161, SW-181 or SW-191
Required Of
SONG majors
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Contemporary Writing and Production
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Chair
Rodney Alejandro
Courses may not be offered at the listed locations or taught by the listed faculty for every semester. Consult to find course information for a specific semester.