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Composition Studies (MUSI40073)

HonoursPoints: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeMUSI40073
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students without previous composition tuition to strategies for thinking about and constructing original music. Students will write chamber music based on instruments available within the class. The subject will be divided into three 4-week modules, each beginning with a process of sketching and culminating in a short completed project to be performed in class.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Develop practical strategies for writing original music
  • Develop an ability to structure self-imposed guidelines for composing new work
  • Communicate clearly to performers through professionally presented music notation
  • Rehearse and perform new music in a group context
  • Respond critically and creatively to new music by others

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • The ability to expand small ideas into larger realities
  • The ability to absorb new ideas and respond to them in a thoughtful and personal way
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • The ability to be resourceful and creative

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MUSI10023 Music Language 1: the Diatonic World
Summer Term
Semester 2
Semester 2

OR by permission of the coordinator.



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MUSI20122 Composition Studies
Semester 1

Recommended background knowledge

Ability to read and write musical notation and general understanding of music theory terminology is assumed.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

Assessment will be not only on the basis of the completed projects, but also on the process of work.

  • Project 1: solo – due Week 4 (25% = sketches (5%) + project (20%))
  • Project 2: duo – due Week 8 (30% = sketches (5%) + project (25%))
  • Project 3: quartet – due Week 12 (35% = sketches (5%) + project (30%))
  • Engagement (10%) – consisting of EITHER participation in tutorial readings of students’ projects as required OR attendance at and 300-word written review of one School of Music composers’ concert

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students are required to attempt each component in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKaty Abbott
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours24 hours, comprising one 2-hour workshop per week.
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

120 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 20 August 2019