• 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
    • Prof Frank Millward
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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Composition, Arranging and Sound Design 5 focuses on consolidation of all technical skills learned in the previous composition courses (1-4). Students will draw upon this array of skills in creating new works for small chamber ensembles. Projects will include work(s) for the ensemble(s) in residence, portfolio pieces and short written analysis exercises. A focus on contemporary techniques in classical composition forms the core of this course.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Produce professional quality creative work which reflects the student's individual musical interests and goals;
  2. Analyse a diverse range of music using a number of relevant theories and methods;
  3. Create and present compositions and arrangements which demonstrate the mastery of traditional and contemporary compositional techniques in a wide spectrum of styles and genres; and
  4. Communicate clearly the creative decisions made in the course of composing, arranging and sound designs and how these relate to relevant historical traditions or precedents.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio piece of original work (30%) [learning outcomes 1-3]
Commission piece(s) of original work for chamber music ensemble (40%). To reflect the real-world environment of commissions, late submissions will not be accepted and will receive a mark of 0 [learning outcomes 1-3]
Four Analysis assignments, 5% each (total 20%) [learning outcomes 2,4]
Exegesis/program notes (10%) [learning outcomes 2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI2224, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Read, Gardner. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger. 1979

Preliminary Reading

Kennan, Kent. The Technique of Orchestration. (any edition, preferably 4th, 5th, or 6th) New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1990, 1996, 2002.  
Blatter, Alfred. Instrumentation and Orchestration. New York: Schirmer, 1997.
Gould, Elaine. Behind Bars. London: Faber, 2011.


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
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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
2299 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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