Garritan Launches Free Interactive Online Orchestration Course

By • June 3, 2006

Garritan Libraries, a leading soundware company, has launched a free online orchestration course based on Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic text “Principles of Orchestration.” Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s genius for orchestration is unsurpassed, and there may be no better source to learn about orchestration than from the teachings of the great Russian master himself. “Principles of Orchestration” is acknowledged by many colleges and universities to be the essential, authoritative text on orchestration.

A knowledge of orchestration is indispensable for many musical endeavors, including film scoring, composing for interactive games, arranging, notating, teaching, and much more. This online course embeds around 275 animated scores in its 26 lessons, allowing participants not only to see the scores online, but hear music as it follows the score. The courses are supplemented by online discussion forums for each lesson, providing participants an opportunity to learn from orchestration experts, and share work examples with others. Due to the nature and content of the course, learners are expected to have basic knowledge of instruments in the orchestra and must be able to read music on treble, bass and alto clefs. You will also require a computer with Flash version 8.

“This is our way of giving back to the musical community,” states Gary Garritan. “Our commitment to the musician does not end with simply selling a product; we also want to encourage the knowledge and skills that allow musical talent to flourish. After researching various educational options, we decided there’s no better way to learn orchestration than to provide the ultimate book on orchestration presented with interactive, real-time examples.”

Although the course officially began May 25, it’s also possible to pick up the lessons at any point, review older lessons, and participate in the forums 24/7.

To access the course, go to http://www.garritan.com and follow the link. Or, go to http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=77

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