Scoring for Band and Orchestra

Syllabus - Spring 2018 (preliminary)

Transcribing and arranging for full band and orchestra, including preparation of parts for performance.

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Office: Office 221/Lab 147/Studio 340

Office Phone No.: (352) 273-3176

Office Hours: see schedule

Professor: Dr. James Paul Sain [email]


1) All listening selections are from the Architecture and Fine Arts Library; please plan your time accordingly. A lack of planning on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on the part of our non-existent library support staff.

2) Late work is not accepted.

3) Attendance is required at all classes. Should a class be missed, it is the student's responsibility to see that the lecture notes from the missed class are obtained from a classmate and any work assigned is completed by their return (a class list will be supplied to help facilitate this policy). After three (3) class absences your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each absence after three (ie A to A-, or C to C-). Your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each UnBalanced Connection concert missed. Each missed concert or presentation will also result in a reduction in your grade by one increment.

4) All work will be handed in using the Finale notation software. Finale is available in the Computer Aided Music Instruction Lab (MUB 147). Plan your time accordingly.

5) Plan early for your projects...things have a way of happening at the last minute.

6) The requirements, emphasis, and timing of this course may be changed or adjusted to meet the specific needs of the class as determined by the instructor.

7) All students of The University of Florida are expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable and professional manner at all times as described in the Student Honor Code; please refer to The Code for specifics.

8) UF Software Copyright Policy: All faculty, staff and students of the University of Florida are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against the University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

9) UF Counseling Services - Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance.

10) Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office in Peabody Hall. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

11) My office door is always open; please feel free to drop by to discuss class issues as the need arises.


Scoring Assignments


A copy of all assignments should emailed in either .zip format to me at:

Please use the following format to name your submitted work:


Listening List

  • Basic Instrument Written Ranges
  • Major Orchestra Librarian's Association Guidelines
  • Major Orchestra Librarian's Association Guidelines

  • Course Outline

      Week 4 (Jan 29, 31-Feb 2)

      • The Woodwind Choir, Individual Woodwinds & Scoring for woodwinds and Woodwind-String Combinations
        • Adler: Chs. 6, 7 & 8, pp. 173-318

      • Assignment No. 1 Due (strings)

      Week 5 (Feb 5-9)

      • Intro to Brass Instruments, Individual Brass Instruments & Scoring for Brass, and Brass Combined with Strings and Winds
        • Adler: Chs. 9, 10 & 11, pp. 319-468

      • Assignment No. 2 Due (woodwinds)
      • Listening List No. 1 Due

      Week 6 (Feb 12-16)

      • The Percussion Ensemble
        • Adler: Ch. 12, pp. 469-520

      • Assignment No. 3 Due (brass)

      Week 7 (Feb 19-23)

      • Keyboards Instruments & Scoring for Percussion with Keyboard Along or in Combination
        • Adler: Chs. 13 &, pp. 521-610

      • Assignment No. 4 Due (perc :: idiophones)

      Week 8 (Feb 26 - Mar 2)

      • Scoring for Orchestra, The orchestra as Accompaniment & Transcribing for Orchestra
        • Adler: Chs. 15, 16 & 17, pp. 611-844

      • Assignment No. 5 Due (perc :: membranophones, chordophones & aerophones)
        Mid-Point Stretch (spring break :: 5 - 9 Mar 2017)

      Week 9 (Mar 12-16)

      • The Preparation of Score and Parts
        • Adler: Chs. 18, pp. 845-860

      • Assignment No. 6 Due (kybd)

      Week 10 (Mar 19-23)

      • Scoring for Band or Wind Ensemble
        • Adler: Chs. 19, pp. 861-948

      • Assignment No. 7 Due (mixtures :: provide your own ensemble)
      • Listening List No. 2 Due

      Week 11 (Mar 26-30)

      • Project No. 1

      Week 12 (Apr 2-6)

      • Project No. 1 (cont)

      Week 13 (Apr 9-13)

      • Project No. 1 Due :: Begin work on Project No. 2

      Week 14 (Apr 16-20)

      • Project No. 2

      Week 15 (Apr 23-25)

      • Project No. 2 Due
      • Review and Project Fine Tuning for reading session
      • Listening List No. 3 Due


    LISTENING REPORTS (quantity 3): A written critique of compositions on each listening list. These reports, printed or type written, should contain ample and objective prose describing the works on the listening list. These descriptions should demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used to produce the work as well as the aesthetic of the composition.

    PROJECTS: Creative work to demonstrate understanding and application of principles discussed and experienced during the course of the semester. All projects will be read by a string orchestra and band as is possible at the end of the semester. These compositions will be retained/archived. Do not hand in your only copy.

    SAFETY HINT: Always keep several back-up copies of your work on CD-R media, flash drives, or on the cloud; if you have a personal computer you may wish to keep one copy on your personal hard-drive. Do not use the lab's hard-drives as personal storage devices. Doing so will most likely result in the loss of your work. All drives are regularly cleaned of all unauthorized software, files, and documents. Do not reorganize any software on the platforms in the Computer Aided Music Instruction Lab (MUB 147).

    - last update 9 January 2018 -