Module Overview

Live Arrangement Workshop

This module takes students through the process of arranging and rehearsing their compositions to a standard suitable for public performance. It provides musicians with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in Styles Analysis (DN/MM608) and Artist Development and Entrepreneurship (DN/MM601).

The Pre-production Skills component aims to equip writers with the professional band rehearsal techniques necessary for arranging new material and effective pre-production methodologies. Lecturers will guide students through many professional techniques to encourage creativity and individuality in this stage of the module. Pre-production classes will be taught in small groups, two of which lead into a Live Arrangement Workshop.

The Live Arrangement Workshop component offers writers/performers the opportunity to further develop the prepared material, to a standard suitable for live performance before an audience. In this class, arrangers and performers will work in conjunction with the BIMM ‘House Band’ and will be expected to rehearse their performance to a high standard. Students will be encouraged to develop confident performance techniques, arrangement skills and the interpersonal and communication skills required to ensure a professional-standard performance.

Both classes aim to encourage professional attitudes in pre-production, arrangement and performance, with close attention to detail on creativity and individuality.

N.B. Students are encouraged to participate in the development of all arrangements, taking notes on the weekly arrangements and performance ideas, and continually providing analysis and critical feedback of the overall process.

Module Code

MUSG 1009

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Using musical reference material effectively and accurately to enhance arrangements


Analysing and rehearsing individual musical parts professionally


Performing as an effective ensemble


Understanding personal and ensemble dynamics in creative and performance situations


Performing as an emotive and committed musician


Listening to the members of the ensemble effectively and communicating on stage


Developing confidence as a stage performer (and learning to control nerves/anxiety)


Reflective practice and analytical skill as they apply to arranging and performance


This module will be delivered using a range of methods including tutor presentation with audio/visual support, individual work, small group work, tutor/peer feedback and self-reflection, coursework, discussions, e-learning through the VLE, independent study and research, personal rehearsal time.

An integral part of the teaching and learning methods used to deliver this module is a system of feedback and self-reflection developed at BIMM. This includes a mixture of peer and tutor feedback, small group feedback teams and written self-reflection. The aim is to encourage reflective practice, which can then inform an open and creative work ethic. Reflection will also focus on the transferable skills employed within each song that can be applied to other performances, including the student’s own development of original material outside of the classroom.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100