MUSA321-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Composition 3A

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Students develop a portfolio of compositions (notated and/or digital and/or performed live) together with supporting documentation.

MUSA321 represents an advanced level of composition study and is part of a suite of coursework, which is devoted to developing skills and knowledge of music composition. At this level, students will be encouraged to develop their own independent “voice” as creative artists, and to further broaden the students’ understanding of contemporary art music for live performance in both written (notated) or electronic forms, of mixtures of both.  Students will further develop sophisticated compositional techniques and procedures as well as verbal and writing skills in articulating their compositional goals and methods and their compositional philosophy, particularly in the relationship between their own creative work and that of other composers and styles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Skills and knowledge in the creation of a portfolio of original works in either notated or electronic
  • Skills in various forms of analysis of music relevant to the student’s portfolio;
  • Skills in self-analysis and documentation of commentary on the portfolio;
  • Discipline in writing to fulfil the brief and on-time delivery;
  • Skills in goal-setting and planning;
  • Growing self-awareness of their own work in relation to the established canon of repertoire;
  • Skills in various forms of instrumental music or electronic/electroacoustic music.

    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

Student workload (300 hours) will be allocated to:
• 12 hours attending lectures
• 18 hours attending composition workshops
• 6 hours attending individual tutorials
• 40 hours completing analytical exercises
• 150 hours drafting, writing, documenting, realising and/or recording portfolio content
• 74 hours of self-directed study and reflection

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

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Composition Drafts 10%
Analysis Assignment 10%
Portfolio 70% This should contain at least three compositions
Class Presentation 10%

Students will create a portfolio containing at least three compositions. The format and genre of the compositions is completely open, but must be agreed upon in consultation with the course lecturers near the beginning of the semester. During the semester students will present at least two draft compositions during Composition Workshop.

All assessments are due by 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.

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,754.00

International fee $8,400.00

* 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 .

All MUSA321 Occurrences

  • MUSA321-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021