ATS2127 - Composition 3 - 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)

Mr Ben Grayson


Mr Ben Grayson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS1047 or ATS1350

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





This unit develops intermediate skills in composition by requiring students to write works for small ensembles, a process that extends students' knowledge of acoustic instruments, and compose 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.


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

  1. approach music composition, including the combination of acoustic instruments and studio-based work, with some expertise;
  2. write works for small ensembles;
  3. develop a detailed compositional plan with multiple levels of structure for a multi-movement work in response to a set concept;
  4. perform effectively in a chosen/approved music ensemble with a critical awareness of the various roles involved;
  5. demonstrate perceptive 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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