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 arts 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 fulfil 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
*  9 hours attending small group tutorials
*  21 hours completing analytical exercises
*  90 hours drafting and writing (and possibly recording) portfolio content

Course Coordinator

James Gardner


Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Analysis AssignmentAnalysis Assignment 20% Non-octave repeating scales
Analysis Assignment 20% Character and variation
Workshop Diary 20%
Portfolio 40%


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work will be handwritten and submitted in class time.

You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools.  LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using LEARN, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

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.

All MUSA222 Occurrences

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