Parts for Everyone
This module guides you through the process of choosing repertoire and creating an inclusive and accessible musical arrangement.
We frequently hear from music teachers and leaders that they want to freely and simply arrange music to suit the skill levels and experience of individual musicians in their ensemble.
This module guides you through general principles and considerations in choosing and arranging music that suits an inclusive ensemble, with a focus on working with traditional notation. We’ll track an arrangement from start to finish, working through each of the processes and undertaking practical arrangement tasks along the way.
With differentiation at its heart, this module will look at how we can write for players who are new and inexperienced to ensemble music as well as those who have been playing for many years and are technically proficient. It’s important to remember that creating inclusive music is just not about simplifying things for some players but providing a suitable challenge for everyone.
In this module, you will learn how to arrange a piece for mixed skill-level instrument ensemble, including:
- Choosing repertoire
- Navigating the challenges and limitations for specific instruments, particularly for early stage players
- Making the most of individual instruments and instrument families
- Developing musical elements of an arrangement, including bassline, chords, melody and articulation
- Developing a coherent arrangement structure, considering orchestration, musical structure and texture
This module will take about three hours to complete.
What you will need:
- Speakers or headphones
- Internet access
- A music notation programme such as Sibelius (requires licence) or Noteflight (free), or manuscript paper (download free PDF manuscript paper here)
As this module focuses on arranging, there will be several PDFs or skeleton Sibelius files for you to download and work with to complete activities.
Module leader: Emma Oliver-Trend, Artistic Associate at Orchestras for All
£25 for one year’s access