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Arranging Resources T4E

Resources for arranging music.

The Music Arranging Secret: Put your instrument down! | Musical U

Description: A blog post giving some basic tips on how to get started arranging a piece. Examples are given.
Rationale: This can be a good jumping-off point for students. They can see and hear examples related to what they will be doing.

Create, play and print beautiful sheet music

Description: MuseScore is a free music notation software comparable to Finale and Sibelius. It costs nothing and can be downloaded without registering an account.
Rationale: It's free, similar to professional tools, and pretty easy to use, especially for beginners. I'm very familiar with this software and can easily use it to teach students basic notation skills.

3 Tips for Arranging Music - PianoWithWillie

Description: A blog post describing how to begin arranging a piece.
Rationale: A lesson could be easily made using the guidelines provided in this post.

Royals by Lorde (choral cover)

Description: Choral cover of pop song
Rationale: Can be an example

Description: A PDF document with a TON of tips for arranging
Rationale: It's a good fallback resource for myself and the students

Johann Sebastian Bach

Description: This encyclopedia entry outlines the life of one of the greatest Baroque era, including his compositional practices and style
Rationale: If students choose the Baroque style for their arrangement, this article is a great place to start researching and getting an idea of what Baroque music was like

Description: An overview of the Classical Era
Rationale: A starting point for those students who choose the Classical style for their arrangement

All about romantic music and its features

Description: A brief description of Romantic Era music
Rationale: A starting point for students who choose the Romantic style for their arrangement

All Star but it's a Bach chorale following the conventions of the Common Practice Period

Description: An example of what this project will look like in the end; a pop tune in the style of Bach that uses all the common composition practices of the day
Rationale: This is a great example for students to see what is expected of them AND it's fun to listen to

Description: A set of lesson plans for a related lesson; there's good information on the Romantic Period included within the plans
Rationale: The Romantic Era is more eclectic than the other two periods, so this will be a good supplement for students who choose to go that route