Faculty of Arts

print version

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Associate Professor Thomas Reiner



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit has a compulsory ensemble componentensemble component (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/music/category/performance-studies/student-ensembles/). Some ensembles are subject to audition. Normally, auditions take place in Week 1 of the semester. Please see the unit guide for further information.


The unit consolidates and extends fundamental skills in composition developed in ATS1046 Composition 1. Students further develop technical skills by writing well-structured single movement works that demonstrate knowledge of extended techniques for acoustic instruments and computer-aided approaches to composition. Students also learn how to respond with differentiated compositional ideas to a set concept. This prepares students for the study of intermediate level compositional techniques in the next unit in the sequence, ATS2127 Composition 3.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate the fundamental conventions of music notation;
  2. Apply fundamental compositional techniques to the writing of well-structured single movement works;
  3. Apply fundamental knowledge concerning the sonic possibilities of extended techniques for acoustic instruments;
  4. Understand the specific applications of computer-aided approaches to composition;
  5. Respond with differentiated compositional ideas to a set concept.


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.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1046 OR ATS1349
This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music single or double degree - Music composition or Ethnomusicology and musicology specialisations.