MUSA122-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Notated Composition 1B

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course aims to further develop students' skills in creating and notating contemporary art music for live performance (vocal and instrumental), knowledge of compositional techniques and procedures, and verbal articulation skills regarding compositional goals and methods.

Students will set their compositional goals and develop self-reflective critical commentary about their own creative work.
Students will compile a portfolio of works together with associated drafts, documentation and reflective commentary. They will also gain an analytical understanding of works from the contemporary notated composition canon.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have:

  • Further knowledge and understanding of composition procedures in notated works;
  • Developed analysis and commentary skills relating to contemporary practice;
  • Further developed skills in the articulation of personal composition goals, and writing programme notes for own work;
  • Developed composition style and procedure knowledge derived from analysis of works from contemporary notated composition canon;
  • Refined self-reflective skills regarding the creative process and the development of compositions

    and have further developed the following transferable skills:
  • The ability to work in a disciplined and persistent way on an individual project;
  • Peer review skills;
  • The ability to criticise one’s own work.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


MUSA121 and either MUSA100 or equivalent preparation approved by the Head of School.


MUSI 127

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Fine Arts 209 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Fine Arts 122 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:30 - 17:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
24 hours attending lectures
18 hours attending composition workshops
12 hours attending tutorials
20 hours completing analytical exercises
6 hours completing workshop diary
70 hours drafting and writing (and possibly recording or realising) portfolio content

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Analysis Assignment 1 10%
Analysis Assignment 2 10%
Portfolio 50%
Workshop Diary 20%
Composition no 1 draft 10%

In addition to the assessment in this course you must present at least one of the portfolio works in a composition workshop during semester. This is a compulsory requirement for the course.
All assessments are due by 12 pm on the specified dates, submitted via LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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