ATS1046 - Composition 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)



The unit draws together students from various levels of musical experience at pre-tertiary level and consolidates fundamental skills in composition. Students develop technical skills by writing short musical works that demonstrate knowledge of acoustic instruments and composition-related music technology skills. Students also learn how to respond with relevant compositional ideas to a set concept and this enables them to explore other compositional techniques in the next unit in the sequence, ATS1047 Composition 2.


Upon completion of the unit, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate the fundamental conventions of music notation;
  2. Demonstrate fundamental compositional techniques required for the writing of short works;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic composition-related music technology skills;
  4. Understand the possibilities and limitations of acoustic instruments;
  5. Respond with relevant 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.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


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