• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Musicology, Music
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christopher Sainsbury
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Songwriting: Concepts and Craft addresses the knowledge and skills required to write songs in a range of contemporary popular styles. Songwriting is a creative practice seated in a discipline with history and context, and theory and method. Students will be guided through an historical overview of major eras and styles of popular songwriting since ca.1910s as well as in analysis of the relevant musical theory and methods that underpin songs from these eras and styles, with the intention of informing the students own portfolio of original popular songs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. apply relevant musical theory and songwriting method to original songs in a range of modern styles and songwriting contexts.
  2. critically evaluate major songs drawn from major historical eras and styles of the recent century.
  3. apply song arranging skills to their original songs, inclusive of: writing for the rhythm section, writing for backing vocals, writing for horns and/or second keyboard (e.g. synth pad), and creating charts. 
  4. articulate key decisions taken during the creative process (both contextual, as well as technical and expressive) through an exegesis.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation (10 mins) 10%. LO 2.
Portfolio of 3 original songs (minimum 3 mins, 25% each) charted and recorded (basic demo style). Total 75%. LO 1 and LO 3.
Exegesis on original songs (800 word) 15%. LO 4.
 

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Workload

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

Indicative Reading List

Repertoire list as reader.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic level of music theory equivalent to MUSI1105 Music Theory and Aural Skills 1, and ability to play an instrument.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4821 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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