• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alexander Hunter
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Composing for Ensembles addresses a range of topics and skills necessary when composing for musical ensembles. In this course students will analyse the work of historical and contemporary composers as well as critically reflect on their own practice. Students will develop tools and techniques needed to organise an ensemble, compose a new work, run rehearsals, and present both live and recorded versions of their work. Composer-ensemble dynamics will be explored through direct participation in both group and individual projects where each student will spend time in both performer and composer roles, while critically examining their work alongside the ensemble dynamic.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognise and apply specialised terminology, concepts and skills fundamental to the composition of works for small ensemble;
  2. work independently and collaboratively to acquire and utilise skills and knowledge for use in the composition, performance and recording of new works for small ensemble;
  3. experiment with musical materials to take aesthetic and conceptual risks in the development of new works for small ensemble; and
  4. critically analyse and discuss the musical works of one’s self and others.

Work Integrated Learning


This course gives students real world experience composing a new work for live ensemble, organising a performance in a professional venue. Students gain experience necessary to prepare them for careers as composers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Rehearsal journal (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Tutorial ensemble project (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Final project and exegesis (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks including lecture, tutorial, rehearsal and workshop activities

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 MUSI1111, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Available on Wattle




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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7422 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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