MUSA122-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Composition 1B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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.

Composition 1B continues on from Musa121, further developing skills in creative fluency and growing the student’s knowledge and understanding of the complex world of contemporary music composition in all its diversity. In this semester students will begin to develop skills in critical self-evaluation to match their increasing control of musical materials and technique.

As for Musa121, you will create a portfolio of musical compositions in any genre.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff and student performers, and for your work to be performed publicly in workshops and concerts. Lectures will build on skills taught in Musa121 by exploring more sophisticated techniques for creating and structuring musical materials. Continuing studies in instrumentation are supplemented by instruction in writing for solo voice and choir. Additionally, students will identify repertoire for analysis that is close to or relevant to their own creative practice, helping them to develop a critical perspective on their own work informed by recent trends and developments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developed an understanding of idiomatic writing for various types of instruments, media, materials, or voice
  • Further developed their skills in listening analysis and / or score study;
  • Developing awareness of contemporary trends and practices as they relate to the student’s chosen mode of musical expression
  • Developed skills in critical self-evaluation of creative work

    Transferable skills:
  • The ability to set and accomplish realistic goals within a given timeframe;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with those outside one’s discipline.
    • 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.



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:30 - 17:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Timetable Note

Students must attend one activity from each section.

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

Students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition workshops.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Reuben de Lautour


Analysis & Response Assignment 1 10%
Analysis & Response Assignment 2 10%
Portfolio Commentary 10%
Composition Drafts 20%
Portfolio 50%

As for Musa121, assessment includes two Analysis & Response assignments, a “work in progress” draft of one composition, a portfolio of compositions in any musical style or genre, and a commentary on the portfolio including a summary of feedback received in workshops, lectures, and tutorials. Students must present at least two works from their portfolio in a composition workshop or public concert during the semester.

All assessments are due on the specified date and should be submitted through the LEARN system. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the deadline with a 10% penalty.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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