Composition 1-1

Subject 740-127 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Eight 45-minute individual lessons per semester; 1 two-hour composition seminar or group lesson per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Permission of the coordinator, based on consideration of previous creative work. BMus students only.

Corequisites: 740-356 Electro-Acoustic Music
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Stuart Geoffrey A Greenbaum
Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the practices and conventions of musical composition as a personally-directed creative activity. Students create a folio of original music (scores and recordings) including composition projects covering areas of compositional philosophy, technique, directed listening and score reading. They will collectively stage a concert that will include one of their own works. There will be an end-of-semester test covering set listening and reading.


On completion of this subject students should have:

  • begun to develop a compositional approach appropriate to their creative goals
  • identified and established methods and working habits that will be of assistance in achieving those goals
  • gained experience in working with the basic materials of musical composition—pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre, structural methods and notation
  • become acquainted with recent developments in musical composition, both aesthetic and technical
  • become familiar with instrumental possibilities (including electronic music equipment) in the realisation of musical ideas

A 15-minute folio of compositions to be submitted during the examination period (60%); concert presentation during the semester of one of these compositions (10%); participation in seminars, workshops, tutorials and concerts (10%); end-of-semester test (20%).

All work should be submitted according to the ‘Composition Presentation Guidelines’.

Prescribed Texts: nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • the ability to think laterally in relation to concepts and problem-solving
  • the ability to communicate in an abstract medium
  • the ability to take initial creative ideas through to completion, including publication, public presentation and promotion.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music

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