Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jordan Murray


This unit is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of popular songwriting. The unit will include weekly lectures focusing on popular composition and creative writing. It also examines context, methodology and the history of song. Included will be visiting artists from the profession and critical feedback.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will :

  1. Gain a systematic and comprehensive knowledge of strategies and form used in popular songwriting.
  2. Develop an ability to analyse and contextualise the students own songs.
  3. Critically evaluate popular song.
  4. Articulate strategies used by songwriters to convey ideas.


Written assignment(1600 words): 35%
Composition folio (equivalent of 1600 words): 35%
Written exam (equivalent of 1300 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two hours per week

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