Courses & Units

Commercial Arranging and Studio Production FCP207


Required unit for singer-songwriter students


This unit provides students with skills required to produce and arrange music in a commercial setting. Students will build on knowledge acquired in Contemporary Techniques B and learn methods for writing simple arrangements for commercial music. This subject will, through the study of scores and recordings, familiarise students with the range, timbre and idiomatic tendencies of common wind, brass, string and percussion instruments. 

This unit will also examine professional conventions of music notation as applied to 'commercial' musicians. In addition, this subject will explore the core principles of arranging and orchestration as they apply to small ensembles, including arrangement plan and design, treatment of melody and creation of counter melody, writing for the rhythm section, conventional chord-scale relationships, homophonic harmonisation, 3 & 4 note voicings, the creation of accompaniment and the development of popular song structures and arrangements within the studio setting.


Unit name Commercial Arranging and Studio Production
Unit code FCP207
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Dave Carter

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

Weekly 1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 2hr tutorial/workshop


60% portfolio of works / 40% in-class assessment

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