MUSA222-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Notated Composition 2B

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course builds on MUSA 221 to further develop the skills of creating and notating contemporary art music for live performance.

MUSA222 aims to further develop and broaden the skills acquired in MUSA221, of creating and notating contemporary art music for live performance (vocal and instrumental), to assist in the development of more sophisticated knowledge of compositional techniques and procedures, and verbal articulation skills regarding compositional goals, compositional philosophy and methods and approaches to music notation. Students will compile a portfolio of works together with associated drafts, documentation, reflective commentary and philosophical statement. They will also gain an analytical understanding of contrasting works from the contemporary notated composition repertoire.

Learning Outcomes

Skills and knowledge in the creation of a portfolio of original notated instrumental and vocal works;

  • Skills in analysis of contemporary notated music;
  • Commentary on the portfolio and an articulation of personal composition philosophy;
  • Discipline of writing to fulfill the brief and on-time delivery;
  • Skill development in goal-setting and planning;
  • Analytical understanding of the student’s own work in relation to the established canon of repertoire;
  • Skills development in instrumental combinations
    • 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.



MUSI 227

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 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:
• 12 hours attending lectures
• 18 hours attending composition workshops
• 6 hours attending individual tutorials
• 15 hours completing analytical exercise
• 5 hours completing workshop diary
• 94 hours drafting and writing (and possibly recording or realising) portfolio content

Course Coordinator

James Gardner


Reuben de Lautour

Contact Hours
Lecture:                 Mondays 13:00-13:50 Fine Arts Building, Block 2, Room 122

Individual tutorials: By appointment with the lecturers

Composer Workshop: Mondays 15:30–17:00 Arts Centre Recital Room


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Composition First Draft 10% In August
Analysis Assignment 20% In September
Workshop Diary 20% In October
Portfolio 50% In October

All assessments are due by 5 pm on the specified date. Assessment material must be submitted as Word documents, pdfs of music notation software files, pdfs of scanned material, or digital audio files, uploaded via LEARN.
In the event of online submission via LEARN not working, or being unsuitable for the materials being submitted, please contact the Course Co-ordinator for advice and alternative submission methods.
There is one analysis assignment, a portfolio and a workshop diary for this course.

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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