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 UnitComposition
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jordan Murray


Previously coded MUS3660


The unit will cover three topics related to compositional technique. The first topic will explore the practical and theoretical aspects of film music composition with an emphasis on aesthetic considerations. The topics related to orchestration will cover a range or concepts related to the organization of musical texture and methods for the organisation of timbre in orchestral and ensemble situations


Students who have worked successfully in their studies will be able to; analyse and criticise examples of music composed for films, have a developed understanding of approaches to film composition, analyse musical textures from and orchestrational perspective, and be able to carry out orchestration tasks for standard ensembles up to a full orchestra.


Film music assignment (2000 words) and orchestration exercise (1500 words): 75%
Style report (1000 word): 25%

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Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture) per week

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