Composition Principal Study

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Composition Principal Study units

Composition principal study requirements applies to students in the following degrees. Specific requirements are listed in the relevant Composition enrolment pattern.
(a) BMusic (Composition):
(i) 48 credit points in Composition 1-8
(b) BMusic/BAdvanced Studies (Composition):
(i) 48 credit points in Composition 1-8.
(c) BMusic (Music Education):
(i) 24 credit points in Composition 1-4.
(d) Diploma of Music:
(i) 24 credit points in Composition 1-4.
CMPN1601 Composition 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Paul Stanhope Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour lecture, small group tutorials and individual tutorials; attend weekly composition unit seminar. Assessment: Portfolio of creative work as directed by the coordinator (90%), attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico).
The development of compositional techniques is integral to the ability to best express musical ideas and material. The focus of this unit is the creative work of students which is developed through the study of a range of compositional topics. Aspects of pitch, rhythm, counterpoint, notation, instrumentation and structure are considered both in the abstract and in relation to a variety of music.
Textbooks
Gould, Elaine "Behind Bars" Faber, London
CMPN1602 Composition 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Paul Stanhope Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour lecture plus small group and individual tutorials; attend weekly composition unit seminar (1hr). Prerequisites: CMPN1601 Assumed knowledge: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico). Assessment: Portfolio of creative work as directed by the coordinator (90%), attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico).
The development of compositional technique is integral to the ability to best express musical ideas and material. The focus of this unit is the creative work of students which is developed through the study of a range of compositional topics. Building on foundations established in Composition 1, Composition 2 further extends creative strategies via the investigation of more experimental music techniques.
Textbooks
Gould, Elaine "Behind Bars" Faber, London.
CMPN2603 Composition 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly individual lessons (45 min.), weekly Composition Seminar, weekly Supplementary Class Prerequisites: CMPN1602 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-10 minutes (80%); small homework tasks throughout the semester (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one (individual) lessons, attendance at the weekly Composition Seminar and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 3 to 8. By the conclusion of this degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills. In Composition 3, weekly Supplementary Classes cover a range of topics relevant to craft and creativity. Small homework tasks are set to consolidate the topics covered. One semester of individual lessons will be focussed on instrumental composition and the other on electroacoustic composition.
CMPN2604 Composition 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly individual lessons (45 min.), weekly Composition Seminar and weekly Supplementary Classes Prerequisites: CMPN2603 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-10 minutes (80%); small homework tasks throughout the semester (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one (individual) lessons, attendance at the weekly Composition Seminar and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 3 to 8. By the conclusion of this degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills. Weekly Composition Seminars provide a forum for expert guests to present specialised knowledge. In Composition 4, weekly Supplementary Classes cover a range of topics relevant to craft, creativity, repertoire and aesthetic decision making. Small homework tasks are set to consolidate the topics covered. One semester of individual lessons will be focussed on instrumental composition and the other on electroacoustic composition.
CMPN3605 Composition 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Individual lessons (45mins), weekly Composition Seminar, Supplementary Classes Prerequisites: CMPN2604 or CMPN2223 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-12 minutes (80%); application and engagement (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and if relevant, a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one lessons, attendance at weekly Composition Seminars and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 5 to 8. Weekly Composition Seminars provide a forum for expert guests to present specialised knowledge. Supplementary Classes are delivered by the various members of our composition staff, and deal with a variety of topics related to craft, creativity, repertoire, workflow, technology and career. By the conclusion of the degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills.
CMPN3606 Composition 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Individual lessons (45mins), weekly Composition Seminar, Supplementary Classes Prerequisites: CMPN3605 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-12 minutes (80%); application and engagement (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one lessons, attendance at weekly Composition Seminars and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 5 to 8. Weekly Composition Seminars provide a forum for expert guests to present specialised knowledge. Supplementary Classes are delivered by the various members of our composition staff, and deal with a variety of topics related to craft, creativity, repertoire, workflow, technology and career. By the conclusion of the degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills.
CMPN4607 Composition 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Individual lessons (45mins), weekly Composition Seminar, Supplementary Classes Prerequisites Prerequisites: CMPN3606 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-12 minutes (80%); application and engagement (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and if relevant, a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one lessons, attendance at weekly Composition Seminars and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 5 to 8. Weekly Composition Seminars provide a forum for expert guests to present specialised knowledge. Supplementary Classes are delivered by the various members of our composition staff, and deal with a variety of topics related to craft, creativity, repertoire, workflow, technology and career. By the conclusion of the degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills.
CMPN4608 Composition 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Rojas Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Individual lessons (45mins), weekly Composition Seminar, Supplementary Classes Prerequisites: CMPN4607 Assessment: Submission of a portfolio of compositions, with accompanying recordings, of a suggested duration between 6-12 minutes (80%); application and engagement (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students should own a professional music notation program (e.g. Sibelius, Finale, Dorico) and a DAW (e.g. Audacity, GarageBand, Logic, ProTools, Ableton).
Principal Study Composition supports the sustained development of compositional craft and creative voice through the preparation of composition(s) to be submitted at the end of each semester. Via one to one lessons, attendance at weekly Composition Seminars and Supplementary Classes, students are expected to progressively advance through Composition 5 to 8. Weekly Composition Seminars provide a forum for expert guests to present specialised knowledge. Supplementary Classes are delivered by the various members of our composition staff, and deal with a variety of topics related to craft, creativity, repertoire, workflow, technology and career. By the conclusion of the degree, students will have demonstrated a very high level of compositional ability, research capacity and notation/production skills.