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Intermediate Level

S​students should have experience writing songs and be aware of popular song forms

Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Intermediate Level

S​students should have experience writing songs and be aware of popular song forms

Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Welcome to Arranging for Songwriters

2 hours to complete
6 readings
6 readings
Welcome!10m
Meet Your Instructors: Bonnie Hayes10m
Meet Your Instructors: Sarah Brindell10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
1 hour to complete

New Ways of Listening

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Deciding What's Right for the Tune4m
4 readings
Critical Listening and Workflow10m
Horizontal Arrangement vs. Vertical Arrangement30m
Exercise: Diagramming Song Sections
How To Upload an .mp3 to the Discussion Forums10m
2 practice exercises
New Ways of Listening Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Create a Horizontal Arrangement of an Original Song
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Laying the Foundation

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Finding the Right Key10m
Vocals and Rhythm9m
4 readings
Choosing the Right Tempo10m
Example of a Popular Arrangement Style10m
Sign-up for the full experience!10m
How To Upload an .mp3 to the Discussion Forums10m
2 practice exercises
Laying the Foundation Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Create a Basic Track of an Original Song
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Finding the Groove

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 32 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
The Low End - Bass28m
2 readings
Basic Beat Subdivisions10m
Drumbeat Basics10m
2 practice exercises
Finding the Groove Quiz10m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Add a Groove to Your Original Song
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Instrumentation and Vocals

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 52 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Strings8m
Horn Arrangements21m
The Primacy of the Lead Vocal4m
Wrap-up1m
2 readings
General Mid-Range Arranging Tip10m
Are you looking for more?10m
1 practice exercise
Instrumentation and Vocals Quiz10m

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