ATS1047 - Composition 2 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Thomas Reiner


Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


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.





This unit extends fundamental technical skills in composition by requiring students to write 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.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. utilise the fundamental conventions of music notation;
  2. write well-structured single movement works that respond to a set concept, with differentiated compositional ideas using fundamental compositional techniques;
  3. apply fundamental knowledge concerning the sonic possibilities of extended techniques for acoustic instruments;
  4. recognise the specific applications of computer-aided approaches to composition;
  5. perform competently in a chosen/approved music ensemble;
  6. demonstrate music listening skills through verbal critiques.


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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