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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

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Professor Mary Finsterer



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • 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 intermediate skills in composition developed in ATS1047 Composition 2. Students further develop technical skills by writing works for small ensembles, a process that extends students' knowledge of acoustic instruments, and composing works for music technology in combination with acoustic instruments. Students also explore and apply the development of musical materials in the context of multi-movement works and prepare a detailed compositional plan in response to a set concept. This prepares students to study other intermediate level compositional techniques in the next unit in the sequence, ATS2128 Composition 4.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate intermediate approaches to music composition, including the combination of acoustic instruments and studio-based work beyond the foundational level attained after completing ATS1047 - Composition 2;
  2. Demonstrate this development through the ability to write works for small ensembles;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop multiple levels of structure in multi-movement works;
  4. Respond with a detailed compositional plan 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.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS1047 or ATS1350
This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music single or double degree - Music composition specialisation.