Instruments

String Arranging

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String Arranging

ONLINE
February 8May 9, 2021

This course is for any music educator who wants to explore writing for strings. No string background or experience is required. Students will explore each of the instruments in the string ensemble, playing techniques, strengths and weaknesses, and the role each one plays in traditional scoring. The process of orchestration and arranging will be explored in developing an arrangement, and there will be plenty of tips and tricks for adding creativity to your arrangements.



Instructor: Vincent Leonard

Leonard,_Vince_headshot_altProducer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World; Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation; and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage. Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.
 
 

String Arranging

Course Code 7201

Instructor
Vince Leonard
vleonard@vandercook.edu

3 Graduate Credits


Tuition
$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
TBD

Required Texts
Professional Orchestration
by Peter Alexander (book only)

A Practical Handbook:
From Piano to Strings
by Joseph Wagner (book only)

Students are responsible for purchasing all required materials.


Recommended Texts
Click here for a list of recommended texts for this course.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Students will use the notation software of their choice and should be comfortable using it. The notation software must include string instrument sounds and be able to generate both a PDF of the score as well as an mp3 of the score playback. A MIDI keyboard is optional.

MECA Online
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Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Spring 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Feb. 8. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

Online grades will be reported by mid-June. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

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