• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Musicology, Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Stephen Loy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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A distinguishing characteristic of research in the creative arts, including performance, composition, and the creative aspects of music technology, is that the outputs of the research can be creative outputs, such as a recital, or a portfolio of compositions, or a new technological process. This course provides all researchers in music with an introduction to the theories and methods underpinning creative practice as research, drawing on written studies on creative practice as research, exegeses, creative outputs, and case studies. For musicologists, the course will provide understandings and tools for them to take creative practice into consideration in their own research, and for creative practitioners it will provide understandings and tools for the writing of an exegesis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and articulate the concept of creative practice as research;
  2. critically evaluate the writings of others on creative practice;
  3. analyse, using a range of theories and methods, a range of creative outputs as research outputs; and
  4. articulate, both orally and in writing, the original contribution of those creative outputs.

Other Information

This is a core course for students taking the performance or composition streams of the Schools of Music Honours Program.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay: analysis of one or more writings of others on creative practice as research (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Essay: analysis of one or more works of published creative output as research outputs (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Presentation: 10 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions on creative practice as research; whether this is individual or group will be determined by the course convener in response to the class size (20) [LO 4]
  4. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed or be currently studying MUSI4401, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI8011.

Prescribed Texts

N/A minor amendments


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2897 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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