• Code MUSI4403
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Irving
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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This course is only available to students who commenced honours year before 1 Sept 2014; students commencing after that date enrol in THES4105 Thesis

This course is focused on the production of a substantial piece of research realised through either performance, composition, or a 20,000-25,000 word written document. A performance or composition will be explained verbally through a 5000 word exegesis that explores the creative act as a research process and explains the contribution to knowledge that the creative act makes.

The focus of the research will be agreed between the student and the students' supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. pose research questions relating to music that are significant, original, and complex;
  2. investigate these questions creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through performance, composition, or in extended written form, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition;
  3. communicate their research and its findings through technically outstanding professional-level public performance, composition, or extended written form; and additionally to publicly communicate the research and its findings clearly in words so that they can easily be understood by non-musicians; and
  4. undertake ongoing independent lifelong development as a performer, composer, or musicologist.

Indicative Assessment

Performance: [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
  • One or two public recitals, to a total of approximately 90 mins duration (90%)
  • Program notes accompanying the recitals, serving as the public dissemination of the research topic (10%)

Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design: [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

  • a portfolio of works (90%)
  • Program notes accompanying the portfolio, serving as the public dissemination of the research topic (10%)

Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatorship: [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

  • a dissertation of 20,000 to 25,000 words

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520 hours, including at least 13 hours face to face contact with the supervisor.

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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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:
Unit value:
6 to 24 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $434 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $596 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
1030 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
1038 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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