Arranging is the process of making choices about how a piece of music is to be performed, including details of instrumentation, the way the harmony is expressed, and the form or structure of the piece. To put it simply, arranging decisions take a general musical idea – for example, a series of chords or a basic beat – and make it specific to the song.

The importance of arrangement

We can all think of examples of songs that have distinctive, “signature” musical parts. For example there are hundreds and hundreds of songs with a 4-chord I-V-vi-IV cycle, but we can recognize