Orchestration/Arranging Lessons

In orchestration and arranging lessons, you will learn how to arrange music for various combinations of instruments in a number of different ensembles. 

Orchestration lessons may include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Study of instrument families, individual instruments, their ranges, how they work, capabilities, fingerings, techniques, articulations, and colors unique to the particular instrument

  • Ways to combine groups of instruments

  • Creating a balanced ensemble sound

  • Components of standard ensembles: orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, wind band, jazz band

  • How to voice a chord in various different ways, how each possibility sounds

  • Spatial considerations (ways to place instruments on the stage and how the sound projection and balance will be impacted.)

  • Exercises with hands on practice – for example, taking an existing piece of music and reworking it for a different ensemble

  • Composing an original piece of music that incorporates various orchestration methods learned


Materials Needed:

  • Textbook

  • Manuscript Paper

  • Pencil

  • Assigned Scores

  • Assigned Recordings

In Person Lessons

If you are local to North Orange County or San Luis Obispo, CA, we can schedule lessons in person.  For rates, scheduling, and questions,

I am available to commute to other areas in Los Angeles or Orange County for an additional commuting fee.  

Video Chat Lessons

Lessons may take place via Skype or

Google Hangouts.  For rates, scheduling, and questions,