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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.
The ability to prepare and present a body of representative workAn understanding of the commission processDeep knowledge of trends in contemporary music related to their own compositional practiceTransferable skills: The ability to work in a disciplined and persistent way on an individual projectPeer review skillsThe ability to criticise one’s own work
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 orhigher, and approval of Head of School
WORKLOADStudent 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 reflectionIt is expected that all students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition workshops.
Reuben de Lautour
PORTFOLIO 100%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.
Domestic fee $4,132.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.