• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Paul McMahon
    • John Mackey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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This course will enable students to undertake a project that uses creative practice -composition, performance, education, multimedia or other formats - to investigate a question of musical research. The project may be group-based or individual. Examples include: composition and performance of a music theatre work; research, composition, performance or recording of classical, jazz and contemporary works; rehearsal and performance of an historically performed early music piece; development and trialling of teaching practice and materials; or a participation / observation project with a practising music specialist. In most cases the creative project will be a group activity aligned with a research project of the School, but with permission, students may also undertake individual projects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Work independently and collaboratively in response to authentic project demands in one or more creative or professional music roles;
  2. Demonstrate creative, practical and research skills that can be applied to a range of professional; environments within the broad music industry
  3. Enhance their professional practice portfolio with a range of applied creative and professional music skills and experience;
  4. Work independently and/or in groups to meet authentic deadlines and expectations; and
  5. Recognise and represent to others creative and professional skills and experience.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will include:

• a practice/research journal of the project (50%, 1500 words) [learning outcome 5] and

• one or more creative/professional applied research outcomes that are developed specifically to fit each project. The agreed criteria weighting will be documented in an individual learning contract and will be the basis, with the journal, of the final assessment of the project. [learning outcomes 1-4]



1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%)

2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%)

3. Annotated composition of two – three songs for a music theatre production (30%)

4. Audio-visual recording of the performance of the songs in rehearsal/concert (10%)



1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%)

2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%)

3. Preparation of an annotated historically informed performing edition (30%)

4. Audio-visual recording of performance rehearsal/concert (10%)



1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%)

2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%)

3. Annotated lesson plans for a particular learning environment (30%).

4. Audio-visual recording of demonstration lesson (10%)

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The course will require the equivalent of 130 hours of student time.  Total supervised/contact time will not normally exceed 35 hours, however students may be expected to be working for up to 105 hours in an authentic/workplace environment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Music to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Student Contribution Band:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2660 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2656 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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