- Class Number 2679
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Christopher Sainsbury
- Chloe Hobbs
- Jessica Green
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 addresses three fundamental skills of music composition: melodic construction, creation of chord progressions and short forms. These fundamentals 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.
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:
- Compose original melodies with chordal accompaniments which reflects the students individual musical interests and goals.
- Present works of a proficient standard using both correct notation and Logic Pro X software.
- Describe melodic compositional issues in aesthetic and technical terms.
- Communicate and articulate their creative decisions.
Students will be encouraged to attend concerts, art galleries, and other performances, as well as to move around in their homes and neighbourhoods to experience and think about new sonic events.
A small notebook (fits in your pocket); a large notebook (ideally graph paper); pens and pencils; a computer with: notation software (Sibelius, Musescore, Finale) and Digital Audio Workstation software (Reaper, Logic, Protools, Ableton, etc.); a MIDI keyboard; headphones; a field recorder (or app and windscreen for your mobile phone). Students will have access to the Protools and Sibelius labs in the School of Music.
Students are encouraged to seek out recorded and notated musics in the library and via the internet throughout the course, as well as articles, books, interviews, etc.
Though this course is back on campus, 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 (via Wattle and Teams)
- 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||Intro to workflows and composition as a set of concepts; how do composers work?||Composing a single phrase/short idea|
|2||Combining phrases and filling boxes - building structures for your ideas||Taking the previous or new idea and building a form for it|
|3||Loops, repetition, and dynamic video game music - getting the most out of your ideas||Writing a piece utilising loops, drones, repetition, etc. in a video game-inspired context|
|4||Musique concrète and sampling - diverse sound sources, working with microphones||Writing a new piece using only sounds you've recorded.|
|5||Electronic and electroacoustic musics - working with Digital Audio Workstations and synthesis||Writing a piece using only electronic sounds you've built or sculpted.|
|6||Guest Seminar (for entire composition cohort).||(Completed reflection document and five sketches due)|
|7||1-on-1 conferences||1-on-1 conferences|
|8||1-on-1 conferences||1-on-1 conferences|
|9||Orchestration Workshop||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|10||Guest Seminar (for entire composition cohort).||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|11||Orchestration Workshop||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|12||Orchestration Workshop||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Folio of Weekly Exercises and Reflection Document (20%)||20 %||24/03/2023||06/04/2023||1,2,3,4|
|1-to-1 conference and Project Proposal (20%)||20 %||28/04/2023||12/05/2023||1,2,3,4|
|Final project (40%)||40 %||02/06/2023||16/06/2023||1,2|
|Final Reflection Document and Annotated Bibliography (20%)||20 %||07/06/2023||21/06/2023||3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
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- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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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.
Students are expected to be present at all course activities - lectures, tutorials, 1-to-1 meetings, as well as to comment and support their peers in these and online activities.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Folio of Weekly Exercises and Reflection Document (20%)
During weeks 1–5 we will be covering a range of compositional techniques. These weekly exercises will give you the chance to try out these new methods in a controlled setting. Within the constraints of each exercise (as outlined in class and on Wattle) you are completely free to find and use your compositional voice. These weekly exercises will be due at the end of week 6 along with an accompanying reflection document that outlines what you’ve done so far and how you feel you’re going with the materials.
- Composition exercises from weeks 1-5 (media, PDF, and other files as necessary).
- Completed reflection document.
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply the technique covered that week
- Organisation and presentation of composition exercises (quality and neatness of audio and score files)
- Demonstrated effort to use the given constraints to answer a creative research question
- Demonstrated ability to articulate and reflect upon the choices made in the exercises.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
1-to-1 conference and Project Proposal (20%)
In either week 7 or 8, you will meet one of the course lecturers for a 10-15min conference to check in and see how you’re going. You will be asked to bring a number of materials to this informal meeting for discussion (also submitted in a folder via Wattle).
You will also be asked to submit (via Wattle) a short funding proposal of your final project (100 words or a 2min video). This is in the context of trying to explain to a funding body (including some artists who are not musicians) what you plan to do for your project and why it’s exciting (and worth funding).
Assessments submission (bring to the meeting and submit via Wattle):
- Journal entries (from weeks 1-5 and the teaching break) from both OneNote and a physical notebook.
- Final project plan with notes and/or sketches in the final project notebook.
- Word document submitted via Wattle with the 100-word proposal at the top of the page (or a YouTube or Vimeo hyperlink to your 2min pitch video).
- Attendance at the scheduled 1-to-1 meeting
- Demonstration of research and the forming of connections between journal entries, course content and the final project plan.
- Demonstrated ability to succinctly explain your project
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Final project (40%)
Due at the end of week 12, this assessment calls for a completely unconstrained original work which should show the culmination of your skills and experiences this semester. The scale and duration of this work should be approved by the Course Lecturers before submission (projects are usually 4-6min in duration and for 1-4 musicians, and may include visual media). It is recommended that you focus on clarity of ideas and techniques, rather than duration and complexity. You are completely free to find and use your unique compositional voice. There are absolutely no stylistic guidelines.
You will also be asked to give a 5min presentation (with 5min of questions) in a crit in weeks 9-12, post your materials online, and provide constructive and supportive feedback to your classmates in the crit and on Teams.
- Uncompressed or lossless audio file (no MP3s) or HD video, as appropriate
- PDF document including: Title page, performance note (if needed), score (and parts as appropriate).
- Presentation in a crit in weeks 9-12, and your materials posted on Teams during the week of your presentation
- Constructive and supportive participation in all 4 crits (including via Teams)
- 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 a unique and developing compositional voice (e.g. this doesn’t feel like one of the composition exercises from weeks 1-5)
- Clear and well-formatted score (as appropriate)
- Well-mixed audio file (or video, if working to visual media)
- Presentation in a crit in weeks 9-12 and constructive and supportive participation in all 4 crits (including via Teams)
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Final Reflection Document and Annotated Bibliography (20%)
The final reflection document will encourage you to think about how you feel you went with the materials and projects in the course. It will provide the opportunity for you to outline how you engaged with the materials, how these materials influenced or were incorporated into your final project, and how you went with your final work.
You are also asked to submit an academic-style annotated bibliography with at least 10 sources that you investigated during your research this semester. There should be a mix of sources which may include: interviews, scores, recordings, articles, album reviews, blog posts, etc. Each entry should contain the formatted citation and a brief (1) discussion of the relevance of the sources and content to your research, and (2) an evaluation of its (and the author's) credibility.
- Journal entries (from weeks 8-12)
- Completed reflection form
- Annotated Bibliography
- Demonstration of engagement with the weekly materials through journal notes.
- Clarity and relevance of the reflection.
- Demonstrated ability to make use of appropriate resources in the collection of relevant sources.
- Demonstrated understanding of appropriate formatting of a Chicago Style bibliography
- Demonstrated ability to critique the relevance and credibility of listed sources.
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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.
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.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Feedback and marks will be provided within two weeks of assessment submission.
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 and reflection are ongoing processes, students are always encouraged to consider and discuss the potential for the re-submission of assessments. Please get in touch ASAP to chat about this if you think you would like to resubmit anything.
Distribution of grades policy
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Songwriting, composition, Australian music
Dr Christopher Sainsbury