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This subject introduces students to the practices and conventions of musical composition as a form of self-directed, individual expression. Students explore compositional philosophy and technique through directed listening and score reading, and through creating a folio of original music (scores and recordings).
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- identify useful compositional methods and working habits;
- communicate with performers through correctly presented music notation;
- work with the basic materials of musical composition—pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre and form;
- explore possibilities in composing for soloists and small chamber groupings;
- identify recent developments in musical composition, both aesthetic and technical;
- reflect on their own compositional process.
On completion of this subject students should have developed:
- the ability to think laterally in relation to concepts and problem-solving;
- the ability to communicate in an abstract medium;
- the ability to take initial creative ideas through to completion, including publication, public presentation and promotion.
Last updated: 31 January 2024