• 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 Jos Mulder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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This course will enable students to undertake an individual or group music project to investigate a music research question relevant to one or more areas of the School's activities, including but not limited to performance; composition, arranging and sound design; musicology; and music technology. The output may range from  creative practice such as performance or composition supported by a short text, to multimedia, to a traditional linear verbal text. The project may be group-based or individual. Examples include: composition and performance of a music theatre work; research, composition, performance or recording of classical, jazz and contemporary works; rehearsal and performance of an historically performed early music piece; a participation / observation project with a practising music specialist, or a musicological study drawing on archival sources.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. pose a question relating to music;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through one or more of performance, composition, arranging, sound design, multi-media, music technology, or extended verbal form;
  3. demonstrate creative, practical and research skills that can be applied to a range of professional environments within the broad music industry; and
  4. communicate their research and its findings in an appropriate medium, such as public performance, multi-media, or extended written form, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will include: (null) [LO null]
  2. - a practice/research journal of the project (40%, 1500 words) [learning outcomes 1, 2, 4] and (40) [LO null]
  3. - one or more research outcomes that are developed specifically to fit each project. The agreed criteria weighting will be documented in an individual learning contract and will be the basis, with the journal, of the final assessment of the project. [learning outcomes 1-4] (null) [LO null]
  4. PROJECT PROPOSAL EXAMPLE 1: (null) [LO null]
  5. 1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%) (10) [LO null]
  6. 2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%) (50) [LO null]
  7. 3. Annotated composition of two — three songs for a music theatre production (30%) (30) [LO null]
  8. 4. Audio-visual recording of the performance of the songs in rehearsal/concert (10%) (10) [LO null]
  9. PROJECT PROPOSAL EXAMPLE 2: (null) [LO null]
  10. 1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%) (10) [LO null]
  11. 2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%) (50) [LO null]
  12. 3. Preparation of an annotated historically informed performing edition (30%) (30) [LO null]
  13. 4. Audio-visual recording of performance rehearsal/concert (10%) (10) [LO null]
  14. PROJECT PROPOSAL EXAMPLE 3: (null) [LO null]
  15. 1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%) (10) [LO null]
  16. 2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%) (50) [LO null]
  17. 3. Performance as part of a Canberra-based Festival (30%) (30) [LO null]
  18. 4. Program note (10%) (10) [LO null]
  19. PROJECT PROPOSAL EXAMPLE 4: (null) [LO null]
  20. 1. Project proposal (200-250 words) (10%) (10) [LO null]
  21. 2. Reflective journal (1500 words) (50%) (50) [LO null]
  22. 3. Edition of a primary archival source (20%) (20) [LO null]
  23. 4. Critical commentary to the edition (20%) (20) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from
a) 12 hours of seminars over 12 weeks and;
b) other contact will depend on the nature of the project and be defined with an individual learning contract.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of Music (MUSI) courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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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
4159 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5514 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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