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Garritan Interactive Principles of Orchestration

Principles of Orchestration by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Our goal with this online course is to educate musicians about the fundamentals of orchestration in a new and interactive way. This course is our way of giving back to the musical community. I believe that education is more important than just products and we are committed to providing every musician the means to improve their knowledge and skills.

I hope you will use these principles of orchestration in your own music and that what you will learn here will benefit you for years to come.

Musically yours,
Gary Garritan

 course syllabus



The introduction includes the course structure, prerequisites, and terms of use.

About the course

Section 1: General Review

Lessons 1 and 2 give a general overview of the instruments of an orchestra.

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Section 2: Melody

Lessons 3 through 10 cover the craft of orchestrating melodies.

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Section 3: Harmony

Lessons 11 to 18 cover harmony in strings, woodwinds, brass, and groups.

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Section 4: Composition

Lessons 19 to 25 dive deep into the all aspects of composition.

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Course Conclusion

Concluding remarks from Gary and the six participating Professors in the course.

Concluding remarks