Module Overview

Arrangement Analysis

Arrangement Analysis is concerned with investigating and analysing elements that make up popular recorded song arrangements. The module requires students to analyse how instrumentation, instrument parts, sound generation and recording techniques interact with dynamic performance energy, lyrics, and other elements of song writing technique to create an overall song arrangement aesthetic. Students are encouraged to consider objective cultural perspectives on established material, while also exploring personal aural perception, developing tools in critical listening, and understanding how musical material occurs for each of us subjectively, in diverse ways. Students are encouraged to explore a range of influences historical, cultural, stylistic, and technological on, and between, artists and genres. Foremost, appraisal and analysis of effective arrangement techniques is intended to inspire students to explore a variety of approaches to creating arrangements for their own song material, drawing on a range of influences in creative and original ways.

The module also aims to broaden a student’s vocabulary in writing, arrangement, and production, and help the development of skills and aptitudes necessary for lifelong learning in this field.


Module Code

MUSG 2007

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Analysis of scores and chord charts classic tracks


Looking at genres and their origins


Specific study of technical/arrangement ideas


Analysis of the complex web of musical and non-musical influences on a given track


A look at how production techniques and the recording studio has impacted song composition


Using artists and their work to provoke a social/historical discussion


The module will be delivered using a variety of methods including tutor-led lectures, class discussions, group collaboration, active listening to existing and new arrangement material, and independent study and research.

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