Published on Aug 10, 2017

In this episode we explore how to write for a trumpet section including the ranges and voicings of chords within the section. I demonstrate how John Williams uses open consonances such as perfect 4ths and 5ths in his melodies and Trumpet Section voicings. Included are examples from film scores such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Superman. Also, we look at the similarities between Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and the Williams Star Wars theme in range and style. BECOME A PATRON → BUY THE BEATO BOOK HERE → SUBSCRIBE HERE →





Art of Composing 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2017…
Welcome to the Composer Symposium. This is a live weekly webinar where I talk about how to compose music.

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The New York Philharmonic plays Christopher Rouse, highly recommended by Geoff Pearce. ‘… a fantastic whirl of sound and energy, guaranteed to make the most jaded listener sit up on the edge of the seat.’

via CD Spotlight. A Master Orchestrator — Music and Vision

In many ways, the mallet and tuned percussion instruments can be thought of as a full section of the band in their own right. There are several ways to approach this grouping. One is as color instruments to add a clear voice to passages. The other is as a whole choir of instruments from bass […]

via Orchestrating with the Percussion – Part 3 – Mallets and Tuned Percussion — Bandestration

Bandestration   –   What is Orchestration


Simply put, orchestration is the art of assigning the right instrument or instruments to musical lines to create the most meaningful effect.

Rimsky-Korsakov said, in the preface to his Principals of Orchestration, “To orchestrate is to create, and this is something which cannot be taught.”

In some ways, I agree with Rimsky-Korsakov.  You cannot teach orchestration – but you can learn it!  The best way to learn the art is to immerse yourself into the sound that you want to experience.

  1. Score study – study the scores of great masters who approach your sound ideal.
  2. Learn instrumentation – this is the science of learning what instruments can and cannot do.
  3. Play an instrument – or several, preferably in the ensemble you want to write for.



A local teen gets a standing ovation after writing and conducting a classical music piece for his middle school band on ”Street’s Corner.”Follow JT:Facebook: /streetscornerTwitter: @streetscorner


Cornelis Jordaan·34 videos

Today I’m orchestrating a piece of piano music composed by Haydn. This is part of a collection of 12 pieces that he put together for beginners. Along this same vein, I try to keep the orchestration simple as well.

OrchestrationOnline·67 videos

A video installment in my daily series of tips. Please follow me on Twitter for the Orchestration Online Tip of the Day at #OrchestrationOL, or join the Orchestration Online Facebook group for feedback, resources, and advice.

Tips of the Day for this week:
Monday, February 18: Oboe Vibrato Speed…
Tuesday, February 19: Oboe Articulation…
Wednesday, February 20: The Problems of Dynamics in the Oboe’s Lowest Register…
Thursday, February 21: Oboe Breathing and Phrasing…
Friday, February 22: Slurring Up vs. Slurring Down on the Oboe…
Saturday, February 23: The Characteristics of the Oboe’s Optimum Register…

Newhouse, author/instructor of our online courses Orchestration 1 and 2 and Music Composition for Film and TV, on November 14th.

Ben Newhouse has worked as a music supervisor and composer on dozens of television shows, films, and stage productions for media corporations including ABC, FOX, MTV, and Disney. He has arranged movie themes, sixties pop music, Broadway shows, and scored for several full-length feature films using Digital Performer.