• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Calvin Bowman

The Creative Musicianship courses are a series of six courses integrating a broad suite of skills that underpins the study of the various languages of music - classical, jazz, contemporary and cross-cultural. Creative Musicianship 5 builds on the fundamental skills students develop during Creative Musicianship 1-4, and is intended for students interested in developing their understanding of, and skills in, composition, improvisation, and the creative use of musical language. It develops advanced skills and concepts in these areas through a mixture of creative and analytical work. Creative Musicianship 5 is a prerequisite for students wishing to progress to Creative Musicianship 6.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply, in a sophisticated manner, the different elements of musical structure and composition (pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint, form and timbre) relevant to one or more styles of music (classical, jazz, contemporary etc.).
  2. Demonstrate a sound understanding of sophisticated musical language and form, applied to relevant compositional, analytical and improvisational tasks.
  3. Employ the core principles of professional musical notation and presentation, relevant to the chosen musical application.
  4. Make convincing and substantiated creative decisions central to relevant compositional, arrangement or improvisational activities

Indicative Assessment

  1. A portfolio of original work  (80%) [learning outcomes 1-3]
  2. A written exegesis (c. 1000 words) describing the rationale for the creative decisions made (20%) [learning outcomes 3-4]

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A combination of 2 hours of seminars/workshops, and 1 hour of specialised tutorials, plus seven hours of independent study per week (total of 130 hours over the semester).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI2204.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $2520

International fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $3876


First Semester, 2016

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
3697 15 Feb 2016 04 Mar 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016

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