MUSCOMP 1001 - Composition 1A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course develops skills in the fundamentals of composition and expands knowledge of styles, structures, notation and score presentation. Composition seminar has a focus on technical studies in compositional methods and analysis. Composers' workshop showcases the performance of students' compositions based on projects.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSCOMP 1001
    Course Composition 1A
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites MUSGEN 1100
    Incompatible COMP 1001, COMP 1500A/B
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Assessment Modal composition 20%, Motivic composition 30%, Portfolio 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Charles Bodman Rae

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. a broad knowledge and appreciation of musical repertoire and an understanding of the essential stylistic features of a diverse range of musical genres focussing on the contemporary “classical” tradition.
    2. insight into contemporary aesthetic issues and an appreciation of the relationship of music to other artforms.
    3. skills in creating original musical works demonstrating command of both traditional compositional craft and contemporary musical techniques and approaches.
    4. a high level of competence in the practical aspects of composition: notation; score presentation; use of instrumental and vocal resources; orchestration and music technology.
    5. an ability to communicate musical intentions clearly and effectively to performers.
    6. a capacity to imaginatively develop musical materials through a comprehensive study of the principles of musical structure, melodic writing, harmonic and rhythmic invention, counterpoint, instrumental colour and texture.
    7. the composer’s ability to project individual aesthetic ideas through their compositions.
    8. awareness of the professional practices of a career in composition.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Students enrolled in the Composition Major should own, or have easy access to, a computer running Sibelius (or Finale) music notation software and a sampled instrument library such as Garritan Personal Orchestra.

    Recommended Resources

    Students should make use of the resources of the Elder Music Library and the Electronic Music Unit. Students are also encouraged to attend the general musical activities of the Elder Conservatorium such as concerts, rehearsals, masterclasses, workshops and guest lectures.

    Online Learning

    Students should familiarize themselves with online resources such as the Petrucci Music Library of the International Music Score Library Project (;; and digital media stores such as iTunes, Amazon etc.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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