- Class Number 2761
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Stephen Leek
- Stephen Leek
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course addresses skills required to compose music for small standard combinations including: choir, piano plus two, and for saxophone quartet, contemporary rock and jazz groups. Working with these standard combinations focuses on the development of essential four-part writing technique (homophonic and polyphonic). Related to these creative tasks students will be guided in analysis of pieces from a range of genres, styles and cultures with reference to: scales and series, harmony and form, counterpoint and texture, orchestration – composing with colours.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand compositional and orchestration techniques involved in writing for four independent voices (i.e. linear instrumental or vocal parts);
- analyse compositions using four independent voices;
- create original compositions for four independent voices; and
- communicate key decisions taken during the creative process through an exegesis.
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.
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
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Approaches to the “act of Composition”. Composing for piano 1 (through the works of Bach, Bartok, Prokofiev, Kats Chirnin and others)|
|2||Composing for piano 2. (essentials including harmony, figuration, texture, voicing, melody rhythm).|
|3||Composing for the voice. Exploring Art Song and song writing in a dramatic context, lyrics, melody, text, vocal techniques, accompaniment etc.., through the works of Britten, Sutherland, Whitwell and others.|
|4||Composing for choral voices1(exploring the works of Binchois, Bach, Mozart, Britten, Part, Miskinis)|
|5||Composing for choral voices 2 (text setting exploring the works of Britten, Tabakova, Taverner, Leek, Vasks, Stanhope and others)|
|6||Composing for voices in the community (exploring the works of Leek, Jarman, Chance, Young, Walker and others)|
|7||Student Oral Presentations|
|8||Composing for Piano trio|
|9||Composing for small mixed ensembles|
|10||Australian Composition and diverse musical languages|
|11||Assistance for works in progress, Analysis examples for exegesis|
|12||Student presentations of original scores, summary|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment|
|Composition for piano or Art Song (for piano and voice)||10 %||20/04/2022||04/05/2022|
|Oral presentation (5 - 7 mins)||25 %||16/03/2022||31/03/2022|
|Composition for acappella choir||25 %||27/05/2022||22/06/2022|
|Composition for piano trio or small mixed ensemble||25 %||25/05/2022||19/06/2022|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Composition for piano or Art Song (for piano and voice)
Details of Task: 3 - 5 minute piano piece or art song, scored to benchmark standards (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'piano work' or 'art song'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Time limit for composition: 3-5min
1. Music score, bound with either comb or spiral binding, title page and backing card handed directly to the course convenor prior to the commence of lecture in week/session 7.
2. A live (preferred) or computer-generated audio representation of the work in mp3 or wav format, submitted via wattle
Assessment Task 2
Oral presentation (5 - 7 mins)
Effectively deliver a brief presentation on either Task 1 or 2 of your own compositions with specific reference to your approaches including textural and contextural schemes, macro-structural organisation and manipulation of elements of music relevant to the work. Oral presentation must include either musical techniques and expressions used, and/or any contemporary or historical contextual aspects (political, religious, moral, social). 5-7 mins in person/in-class presentation.
Submission requirements: Oral Presentation in Week/session 7 in lecture/tutorials
May use whiteboard, handouts, overhead, video, audio, instruments etc.
Assessment Task 3
Composition for acappella choir
The composition of a 4 - 6 minute acappella choir piece, scored to benchmark hand-written standards for relevant style of choral music (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as photocopied pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'choral piece'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Music score, bound with title page handed directly to the course convenor on due date.
A live or computer-generated audio representation of the work in mp3 format, submitted via email to lecturer.
Assessment Task 4
Composition for piano trio or small mixed ensemble
Compose a 4 - 6 minute piece for piano trio or small mixed ensemble scored to benchmark standards (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'piano work' or 'art song'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Time limit for composition: 4-6min (3 independent lines)
1. Music score, bound with either comb or spiral binding, title page and backing card handed directly to the course convenor prior to the commence of lecture in week/session 11.
2. A live (preferred) or computer-generated audio representation of the work in mp3 or wav format, submitted via wattle.
Assessment Task 5
Exegetical writing on your composition/s assignments 2 or 3. Expectations are analysis of the music and its context, and/or reflection of the journey in your composing, and/or how you arrived at the creative decisions you made. 1200 words (with up to three embedded notated examples if relevant). References optional. Submit hard copy or via email to lecturer.
Word limit: 1200 words
Submission requirements: submit hard copy or via email to lecturer. Clearly marked with your name and assessment task 5
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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