• 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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Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2 builds on the theory and aural skills developed in the co-requisite course Music Theory and Aural Skills 2 to develop basic compositional skills using combinations of three independent voices (i.e. linear instrumental or vocal parts). Students will develop a portfolio of compositions that will include a Commission Project for one of the School’s ensembles in addition to works in one or more genres of the student’s choice (for example, electronic or film music). Teaching and learning activities will include a weekly composers’ seminar in which composition students from all levels will discuss current work and wider compositional issues and an orchestration seminar.

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.  Understand compositional and orchestration techniques involved in writing for three independent voices (i.e. linear instrumental or vocal parts);
  2.  Analyse compositions using three independent voices;
  3.  Create original compositions for three independent voices; and
  4.  Communicate key decisions taken during the creative process through an exegesis.

Indicative Assessment

2 group tutorial presentations –first is 5 minutes, 5%; and second is 10 minutes, 10% (total 15%) [LO 1]
3 Analysis/Orchestration assignments, 5% each, maximum 32 bars each (total 15%) [LO 1, 2]
Portfolio of works totalling 12 minutes in duration, 20% folio, 10% exegesis of 500 words (total 30%) [LO 3,4]
Commission Project of 4 minutes, for chamber music ensemble (set instrumentation provided), 30% score/recording, 10% exegesis of 500 words (total 40%). To reflect the real-world environment of commissions, late submissions will not be accepted, and will receive a mark of 0 [LO 3,4]

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One 1.5-hour lecture/tutorial, one 1-hour orchestration seminar and one 1.5 hour composers’ seminar bringing together all of the School’s composition students, and 6 hours private study per week that includes access to one-on-one tuition, masterclasses, or conferences through a Creative Practice Development Allowance.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Music (BMUS), and have successfully completed MUSI1111, and have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in MUSI1106.

Preliminary Reading

Adler, Samuel. The Study of Orchestration. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.
Baker, David, Arranging & Composing for the small ensemble: jazz/r&b/jazz-rock. Bloomington, Indiana: Frangipani Press, 1985.
Brant, Henry. Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook. New York: Carl Fischer Music, 2009.
Burkhart, Charles. Anthology for Musical Analysis. 7th ed. New York: Schirmer, 2011.
Cassella, Alfredo and Virgilio Mortari. The Technique of Contemporary Orchestration. 2nd ed. Milan: Ricordi, 2004.
Dobbins, Bill. Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach. Rottenburg. Germany: Advance Music, 1986.
Gould, Elaine. Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation. London: Faber and Faber, 2011.
LaRue, Jan. Guidelines for Style Analysis. 2nd ed. Sterling Heights, Michigan: Harmonie Park Press, 2011.
Schoenberg, Arnold. Fundamentals of Musical Composition. New. ed. London: Faber and Faber, 1967.
Wright, Rayburn. Inside the Score. Delevan, New York: Kendor Music, 1982.




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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
9778 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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