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Students develop a portfolio of compositions (notated and/or digital and/or performed live) together with supporting documentation.
MUSA322 aims to help students develop their own independent “voice” as creative artists, and to further broaden the students’ understanding of new music in both written (notated) or electronic forms, or 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, works and styles.
Further skills and knowledge in the creation of a portfolio of original works including notated scores and/or electronic media;Further skills in various forms of analysis of music relevant to the student’s portfolio;Further skills in self-analysis and documentation of commentary on the portfolio;Self-awareness of their own work in relation to the established canon of repertoire;Further skills in various forms of instrumental/vocal and/or electronic/electroacoustic music.Transferable SkillsIdentifying, conceptualising and solving problemsDecision-makingSelf-assessmentGoal-settingTime-management and meeting deadlinesDesign and construction skillsVerbal and written articulation skills
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.
WORKLOADStudent 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 reflectionIt is expected that all students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition workshops.
Reuben de Lautour
The portfolio should include at least three compositions or songs. The student should also present at least two of these at Composition Workshop. The dates for these workshops will be announced at the start of the semester. Students in this class are expected to attend all workshops. There is also one analysis assignment on a work relevant to the student’s chosen mode of expression, and a class presentation with a writeup.All assessments should be submitted via Learn and are due by the time and date specified for each in the Assessments section on the Learn page. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the deadline with a 10% penalty.
Domestic fee $1,735.00
International fee $8,000.00
* 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