Q:What do you think are the options to learning orchestration? Studying in institutes seems to be the standard option, but are there any alternatives?
1) Read scores while listening along to your favorite pieces and check out how the composer/orchestrator did it.
A:The 2 alternatives that pop to mind are:
2) The other is, apprentice under a great orchestrator and observe and learn. In the arts, and possibly in any field where skill is required, apprenticeship is a sure way -- work with and for the individuals who know and do the art at the highest level.
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