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Introduction to MIDI Orchestration [MUSC 397]

MUSC 397/3.0 Introduction to MIDI Orchestration

This course provides foundational knowledge in MIDI Orchestration utilising Digital Audio Workstation software, virtual instruments, and software samplers. Students demonstrate their understanding of the technology by creating virtual orchestrations and arrangements of existing works, augmenting live recordings with virtual instruments, composing original works in a variety of styles, and creating their own virtual instruments using software samplers. The final project introduces students to the use of virtual instruments in writing for visual media. As the ability to share screens and record classes is a great feature of Zoom and can be incredibly valuable in learning new software, this class will meet online in some weeks, on a schedule to be determined.

Experience and fluency in working with virtual instruments has become an essential skill in music production, as well as in film, television, and video game scoring. This course will give students practical experience of working with industry-standard software and plug-ins, as well as creative guidance in arranging and orchestrating in various styles and composing for visual media.


Requirements: Prerequisite (MUSC 191 or MUSC 255 or MUSC 396 or MAPP 311) or permission of the School. Exclusion MUSC 475 (Topic Title: Introduction to MIDI Orchestration).

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science

Instructor: Christopher Mayo

Christopher Mayo is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and electronic music, whose works have been performed and commissioned by major orchestras and festivals worldwide. His orchestral works include commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra (UK), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony and Victoria Symphony. As an orchestrator and arranger, he has worked on projects across North America and Europe with artists including Drake, DVSN, Goldie, Tanya Tagaq, Sarah Slean, Whitehorse, Jessie Reyez, and Carly Rae Jepsen. www.christophermayo.net