Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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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 2015 (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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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