MUSA220-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Song Writing 2

This occurrence is not offered in 2020

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Further development of song-writing skills: creative approaches, notation skills, text setting, poetry, word painting, covers and stylistic vocabulary.

Songwriting 2 builds on Songwriting 1 by introducing advanced skills and techniques that help the student to develop their own unique mode of musical expression.

This course introduces advanced skills in melody writing, harmonisation, text, and song structure. Under the guidance of the course lecturers, the students prepare a high quality portfolio of original songs that demonstrate developing mastery in the craft of songwriting. Current trends and practices in genres of songwriting tailored to the student’s special area of interest are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquired advanced skills in the creation of lyrics and musical materials
  • Gained advanced skills in song notation 

  • Acquired in depth knowledge of current trends and practices in song writing
  • Developed critical listening skills appropriate to their chosen musical genre

    Transferable skills:
  • The ability to work in a disciplined and persistent way on an individual project
  • Peer review skills
  • The ability to be self-reflective about one’s own work
  • Ability to produce creative work within a specific timeframe.
    • 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.


Timetable Note

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures
• 18 hours attending composition workshops
• 108 hours drafting and writing (and possibly recording or realising) portfolio content

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Presentation 10%
Song Drafts 20%
Portfolio 70%

Student output consists of a portfolio and a class presentation. The portfolio must contain at least three original songs. At least two of these must be presented in draft version at a composition workshop. The presentation is in the form of a 15 minute mini-lecture given during class time on a topic related to the student’s area of musical focus.

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 $867.00

International fee $4,000.00

* 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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  • MUSA220-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020 - Not Offered