• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Creative practice based research results in a creative output such as a public recital, a portfolio of compositions, or an exploration of a practical aspect music technology. This creative output is based on a traditional research process that involved identifying a research question, undertaking a literature review (which may include audio-visual sources, notated music, etc), gathering and analysing data, and articulating the original contribution that the creative output makes. However, unlike a traditional text-based thesis, the process is implicit in the creative output and easily identifiable only to the researcher and a small number of highly-trained specialists. The purpose of the exegesis is for a clear articulation in words of this process.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. articulate the creative ideas adopted and the creative ideas rejected in the preparation of their creative practice output;
  2. analyse and critique those decisions, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology;
  3. place those decisions in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition and explain the original contribution of the creative practice output; and
  4. communicate their research process and its outcomes both orally and in writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral presentation on the creative practice research undertaken for ?THES8105 - Thesis? or ?MUSI8004 - Graduate Music Performance 3? or ?MUSI8006 - Grad Composition & Arranging 3?, 10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. A written exegesis on the creative practice research undertaken for ?THES8105 - Thesis? or ?MUSI8006 - Grad Composition & Arranging 3?, 5000 words (90) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Recycling of material Recycling “is the submission for assessment of work which, wholly or in large part, has been previously presented by the same student for another assessment, either at the Australian National University or elsewhere” (Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000392, paragraph 2). Students may include material that has been submitted for assessment in this course in ?THES4105 - Thesis?. Student may include in the exegesis material submitted for assessment in ?MUSI4404 - Creative Practice as Research? if the following condition is met: a clear indication of the extent of the recycling is to be included in the first footnote. (null) [LO null]

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One 90 minute School Research Seminar per week for 12 weeks (18 hours) and one 90 minute workshop per week for 12 weeks (18 hours) plus 94 hours of private study for a total of 130 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI8011 and have completed or be currently studying THES8105 or MUSI8004 or MUSI8006, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: MUSI4410, MUSI4411 or MUSI8013.

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