• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music

This course is designed to enable students to develop skills in writing about their research-led creative practice. It provides students with skills in exegetical writing necessary for the composition of the exegesis that accompanies their performance or composition, arranging, or sound design. The course addresses different ways in which students may reflect on their creative practice, and will examine different possible approaches to articulate this in written form.

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. Explore different approaches to the articulation, in written form, of their reflection on their creative practice
  2. Apply appropriate methods of writing about creative musical activities specific to the student's performance and compositional activities.
  3. Critically evaluate the writings of others on creative practice
  4. Communicate effectively and succinctly through oral presentation

Indicative Assessment

A 20-minute oral presentation, either taking the form of a lecture-presentation on the student's creative practice as research, or a critical evaluation of other materials presented in this unit. (10%) (Outcomes 1-4).
An exegesis proposal and plan (10%) (500 words) (Outcomes 1-3)
A written exegesis of the research topic realised through the creative work presented within Thesis THES8105 (80%) (5000-6000 words). (Outcomes 1-3)


The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


1 x 3 hour seminar per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the duration of the semester (total 130 hours).


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI7001 or MUSI7002.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will need to have experience of creative practice in music, in either performance or composition, involving critical analysis and reflection.



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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
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
8939 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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