MUSI471-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Composition 4

60 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


Compiling a portfolio of compositions (notated scores, together with some recordings)

Preparation of a professional portfolio of compositions that reflects the artistic personality and compositional voice of the student.

This course gives the student the opportunity to prepare a professional portfolio of creative work that they can use to represent them as they continue their career as a professional composer.

Under the guidance of the instructor the student will decide upon a series or works, or one substantial work, that they feel is of critical importance to their artistic advancement. During individual lessons the instructor will guide the student in targeted explorations of technique, repertoire, and notational practice (if relevant) geared towards the creative requirements of the portfolio. If relevant, the instructor will provide advice on compiling professional recordings of notated works.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to prepare and present a body of representative work
  • An understanding of the commission process
  • Deep knowledge of trends in contemporary music related to their own compositional practice

    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.


MUSA322 with a grade of B or
higher, and approval of Head of School


MUSI409, MUSI420

Timetable Note


Student workload (300 hours) will be allocated to:
• 9 hours attending individual tutorials
• 18 hours attending composition workshops
• 200 hours drafting, writing, documenting, realising and/or recording portfolio content
• 73 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 / Lecturer

Reuben de Lautour


The precise content of the portfolio will be decided upon in consultation with the instructor, but should represent a significant body of work roughly equivalent to a short concert program or major commission. Examples might include 25-30 minutes of solo or chamber music, 30 minutes of electroacoustic music, or a 10-15 minute orchestral work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $4,132.00

* 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 MUSI471 Occurrences

  • MUSI471-21W (C) Whole Year 2021