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MUS2040 - Music Composition and Technology Ensemble

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Thomas Reiner


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit introduces students to a range of approaches to the interpretation and performance of contemporary music. It examines how composers articulate their musical ideas and how performers can translate these ideas into coherent sonic forms. Different performance styles are explored on the basis of a range of musical scores, including those prepared by the School of Music - Conservatorium's composition students. Students investigate the performance of contemporary music as the creation of an aesthetic entity. Students will learn to assess critically their own ability and potential in interpreting and creating today's music.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have acquired a sound understanding of the aesthetics of contemporary music, learned different approaches to interpret contemporary compositions, and be able to assess critically their own interpretation of contemporary music.


Hurdle requirement: attendance of a minimum of 10 performance seminars
Concert exam: 50%
Concert preparation: 30%
Program notes (500 words): 10%
Listening test: 10%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour performance seminar and 1 x 1 hour library study) per week