• Class Number 5760
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Alexander Hunter
    • Chloe Hobbs
    • Jessica Green
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2 focuses on the skill of counterpoint and its use in the creation of musical texture.  This topic will be examined through a combination of analysis and independent supervised composition.  Students will develop a portfolio of short compositions in a variety of genres and styles using Logic Pro X software. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compose original polyphonic and homophonic music which reflects the students individual musical interests and goals.
  2. Compose and present polyphonic and homophonic works of a highly proficient standard using both correct notation and Logic Pro X software.
  3. Describe relevant polyphonic and homophonic compositional issues in aesthetic and technical terms.
  4. Communicate and articulate their creative decisions in the composition of polyphonic and homophonic compositions.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group, etc.
  • peer feedback in tutorials, crits and via Teams

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Intro to the course; Forming ensembles and first meeting
2 Working with performers via 'open works'; Ensemble rehearsals
3 Composer as multimedia collaborator; Ensemble rehearsals
4 Composers and their computers; Ensemble rehearsals
5 Composing for improvisers - jazz and beyond; Ensemble rehearsals
6 Composer as solo and ensemble performer/collaborator; Ensemble rehearsals (1) Rehearsal journal - midnight on Sunday
7 Ensemble rehearsal/recording (2) Ensemble project due - midnight on Sunday
8 Composers' relationships with Country; Debrief re ensemble project - planning for final project
9 Site-specific composition; Crits
10 Composer as electronic music performer and studio producer; Crits
11 Composers and text (songwriters and text-setters); Crits
12 Getting ready for the festival; Composition Festival in the exam period (3) Final project score due - 5pm on Friday; (3) Premiere at the festival; (4) Exegesis due in the exam weeks

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Rehearsal Journal (5 diaries each worth 3% of your overall mark – 15% total) 15 % 04/09/2022 18/09/2022 3, 4
Tutorial Ensemble Work (25%) 25 % 25/09/2022 09/10/2022 1, 2
Final Original Work and Program Note (35%) 35 % 28/10/2022 11/11/2022 1, 2
Exegesis and Crit Presentation (25%) 25 % 10/11/2022 24/11/2022 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at all course events is required. Participation in the end of semester festival is required.


Composition assessment submissions should always include both:


  • Score (PDF or other as appropriate)
  • Media file (.WAV or other as appropriate - no MP3s)

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 04/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 18/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Tutorial Rehearsal Journal (5 diaries each worth 3% of your overall mark – 15% total)

As outlined in Assessment 2 below, you will be working in a group of 4 students in your tutorials.


During weeks 2-6 you will be asked to reflect on how your group is going and how your piece is progressing (what is going well, what needs to be fixed, etc.) in a 300-word journal entry. See the below assessment criteria for more information.


Using headings and/or dot points to help organise these documents is perfectly acceptable.

Score/Sketch excerpts as well as screenshots of your DAW session (if mixing audio files from remote ensemble members) can be very useful in supporting your statements regarding what is working and what isn’t working, and perhaps what you are going to try next week.


If for some reason your ensemble could not meet during a particular week, document your individual progress on the composition.


Assessment Criteria:


·       Clearly articulated successes and areas for improvement in your work

·       Clearly articulated goals for the following week

·       Description and analysis of the group dynamic (including works you’re playing in)

·       Organisation of thoughts and ideas

·       Grammar, spelling and clarity of writing


Value: 15% (total score is an average of marks from each of the 5 entries)


Presentation requirements:


·       A single text document containing 5 x 300-word weekly journal entries submitted via Wattle


Due date:


·       End of week 6


Estimated return date: Within two weeks of submission

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 25/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 09/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Tutorial Ensemble Work (25%)

During weeks 1-7 you will be working in a group of 4 in your tutorial. Each composer will write a piece for the other three to play and record. If you do not play an instrument, the composers in your group will have to write a percussion, electronic or other part that is playable by you.


As with all composition assessments, students are encouraged to focus on clarity of ideas and techniques, rather than overall duration. You are completely free to find and use your unique compositional voice (including electronics, improvisation, field recordings, live video, etc.). There are absolutely no stylistic guidelines.


You are required to attend a sufficient number of rehearsals to support your colleagues and their assessment.


Students having issues with their ensembles should contact the Course Convenor or other teaching staff ASAP.


You will have the mid-semester teaching break to finish recording and mixing before submission at the end of week 7.


Assessment Criteria:


·       Technique and approach: appropriate use of instruments and technology – utilising techniques drawn from the course materials

·       Creativity: the ability of the piece to stand on its own, as a self-contained work of an unique and developing compositional voice

·       Clear and well-formatted score and parts (as appropriate)

·       Well-mixed audio file (or video, if working to visual media)

·       Participation in your tutorial group (attendance at weekly rehearsals)


Value: 25%


Submission requirements:


·       A zipped folder including the following:

  • Full score with title page and performance note (PDF or other as appropriate)
  • Parts (PDFs or other as appropriate)
  • Recording of the work (audio or video, as appropriate – no MP3s)


Due date: End of week 7


Estimated return date: Within two weeks of submission



Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Final Original Work and Program Note (35%)

This assessment calls for a completely unconstrained new original work which should show the culmination of your skills and experiences this semester/year. The size and duration of this work should be approved by the Course Convenor and/or other teaching staff before submission and discussed in the tutorial crit sessions. Focus on clarity of ideas and techniques, rather than duration is recommended, as always.


You are completely free to find and use your unique compositional voice. There are absolutely no stylistic guidelines, though at least one line/part of your piece must be performed/recorded by a live human who is reading from a notated part. You will have access to a list of all of the composition students across all levels, contact details, and the instruments they play.


Though you will have support from the Composition staff, you are responsible for finding musicians, running rehearsals and organising your performance at the end of semester festival.


This work must be presented at the end of year Composition Festival at the end of the semester. As such, late work will not be accepted for this assessment.


Your accompanying 200-word program note may include any information you think the audience would like to know about your piece.


Assessment Criteria (for the original work):


·       Technique and approach: appropriate use of instruments and technology – utilising techniques drawn from the course materials and other sources

·       Creativity: the ability of the piece to stand on its own, as a self-contained work of a unique and developing compositional voice

·       Clear and well-formatted score and parts (as appropriate), and submission of a program note

·       Participation in the Composition Festival


Submission requirements:


·   A live presentation/performance of your work at the Composition Festival      

·   A zipped folder including the following:

  • Score with title page and performance note (PDF or other as appropriate)  
  • Program note of ~200 words


Due date:


·       End of week 12



Estimated return date: Within two weeks of submission


Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 10/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 24/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Exegesis and Crit Presentation (25%)

Your exegesis will contextualise and analyse your original work in the context of the lecture materials and themes. In this 1500-word document you will (using Chicago Style in-text citations) build a context for your work and describe how your works combines and/or builds on existing works and traditions, drawing on materials and examples from at least two of the weekly lectures

As a starting point, it may be helpful to describe and explain choices you’ve made in terms of:


  • Structure
  • Instrumentation
  • Pitch/Sonic content
  • Melody/Harmony
  • Relationships
  • Context (relationships to other works, current political climate, societal issues, etc.)


Of the (at least) 10 required sources in your bibliography, at least 6 cannot be scores or recordings.

During weeks 9-12 we will be holding tutorial crits – in which you and your classmates will present your works in progress to the tutorial group. These will be informal 5-10min talks about what you’re working on. You are also asked to post you materials on Teams before your presentation for additional peer feedback. 


Assessment Criteria:


  • Establishment of a clear context for the work making connections to at least two of the weekly themes
  • Usefulness and appropriateness of analysis, including images, diagrams and score excerpts
  • Organisation of thoughts and ideas
  • Clearly referenced work (Chicago Style) with bibliography (at least 10 sources)
  • Grammar, spelling and clarity of writing
  • Presentation in a crit - with materials posted on Teams for comment before your presentation


Value: 25%


Submission requirements:


·       Single document (submitted via Turnitin) containing a 1500 word exegesis and Chicago Style bibliography

·     Participation in a crit with materials posted on Teams before your presentation


Due date:


·       End of week 13 


Estimated return date: Within two weeks of submission

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted (with the exception of the premiere at the festival (Assessment 3). Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

As composition is an ongoing and reflexive practice, we are very happy to discuss the potential re-submission of assessments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Alexander Hunter

Research Interests

Open/Non-linear Music (especially mobile moment form); Open Music Notation (graphic, prose, game pieces, etc.); Spectralism; Acoustic Ecology; Generative, Interactive and Dynamic Music; Intersectional Feminism in musical composition and performance; Anarchism in musical composition and performance; Improvisation Ensembles; nêhiyaw/Métis culture

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