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


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.


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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