MUSA222-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Composition 2B

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 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). The student will acquire more sophisticated knowledge of compositional techniques and procedures, in particular broadening their understanding of contemporary performance practice and how this interacts with recent trends in composition. Students will compile a portfolio of works, and present at least two of these during weekly workshops for feedback and criticism. 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.

    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.




Timetable Note

• 24 hours attending lectures
• 18 hours attending composition workshops
• 6 hours attending small group tutorials
• 20 hours completing analytical exercises
• 5 hours completing workshop diary
• 82 hours drafting and writing (and possibly recording or realising) portfolio content

It is expected that all students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition workshops.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Composition no 1 Draft 10%
Analysis Assignment 10%
Workshop Commentary 10%
Portfolio 70%

Similar to MUSA221, students produce a portfolio of not fewer than three compositions, along with one analysis assignment and a Workshop Diary. They will present at least two draft compositions in a Composition Workshop. Dates for these presentations will be disclosed at the beginning of semester, and students must attend and participate in order to be assessed. The Workshop Commentary is a brief written discussion of the student’s experience of the workshop situation.

All assessments must be submitted through LEARN on the specified date. Work not submitted via LEARN will not be assessed. 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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