• 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 Christopher Sainsbury
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course addresses skills required to compose music for: guitar solo or for guitar plus one (ww or string), and either string quartet or small mixed ensemble (four to five instruments). Students will also create an acoustic sonic art piece/ installation that articulates a proposed concept. It is encouraged (although not compulsory) for this to be in a collaborative setting. (Collaboration with students of visual arts or community groups is encouraged, and opportunities will be provided). Related to these creative tasks students will be guided in analysis of pieces that employ a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century compositional techniques in a range of genres and styles. Also, relating to the sonic art work students will be guided in analysis of works that incorporate a concept and the articulation of the concept through the structural and expressive properties of the work. 

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.  Aurally identify and understand compositional and orchestration techniques involved in writing music for up to six parts, with reference to genre and style.
  2. Analyse and critique compositions written in four to six parts as well as sonic artworks. 
  3. Apply compositional and orchestration techniques to create original compositions for up to six independent voices that include guitar, string quartet, mixed chamber groups, and sonic art pieces (the last being in collaborative settings and/or for community music groups).
  4. Articulate key decisions taken during the creative process (both technical and expressive) through an exegesis.

Indicative Assessment

1 group tutorial oral presentation – 10 minutes, 10% [LO 2]
1 Analysis 1000 words, maximum 1 movement – 15% [LO 1, 2]
Portfolio of 3 works totalling 12 minutes in duration, 60% (20% each). ([LO 1, 3]
Exegesis on a work selected from portfolio. 1000 words 15% [LO 3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI2223, or with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Repertoire list and orchestration texts.




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 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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8106 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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