• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces students to the fundamentals of music technology and focuses on the theoretical, underpinning knowledge of the construction of acoustic and electric instruments, as well as digital music production, dissemination and reception. The course also introduces students to industry-standard software, including Sibelius and Pro Tools and makes regular use of the School of Music’s own cutting-edge music technology lab. With a strong emphasis on research-led teaching, this course will equip students with the underpinning knowledge required for progression into sound recording and music production. Course topics include: acoustic and electronic instrument technology; digital music recording, format carriers and online dissemination; music technology and consumption; the place of analogue technologies in a digital world; and, practical software sessions.

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. Describe the construction and technologies of acoustic and electronic instruments.
2. Discuss issues pertaining to digital music recording, formats, dissemination and reception.
3. Operate industry standard music software programs.
4. Hypothesise on the implications of digitisation for music production, dissemination and reception.

Indicative Assessment

Written Essay - 50% [Learning Outcomes - 2, 4]
Exam - 50% [Learning Outcomes - 1, 3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 38 hours of contact time - 1 x 2-hour lecture or studio/ lab workshop/ seminar  and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks.
  • 92 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Introduction to Music Technology - Dan Hosken
Pro Tools 11: Music Production, Recording, Editing and Mixing - Mike Collins
Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials - James Humberstone




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9743 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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