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MUSI234 Contemporary Composition

Creative music composition, including songwriting, music for film and theatre, arranging and writing idiomatically for instruments.

Prospects for a career as a composer or songwriter are enhanced by a greater knowledge of a diverse range of music. We encourage students to have 'many strings to their bow', in order to meet the challenges of the modern music industry. This paper develops a range of skills and provides good vocational support for a career as a creative musician.

Paper title Contemporary Composition
Paper code MUSI234
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,212.00

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Prerequisite
MUSI 101 and either (MUSI 131 or MUSI 135)
Restriction
MUSI 231, MUSI 235
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mtpa@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Anythony Ritchie, Associate Professor Peter Adams, Dr Graeme Downes, Dr Ian Chapman
Paper Structure
The paper is structured into modules that cover songwriting, arrangement and orchestration, writing for film, and developing compositional technique.
Teaching Arrangements
This is a full-year paper that has two lecture sessions every week. Tutorials for work in progress take place every four weeks.
Textbooks
None. All materials will be provided in class.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Self-motivation, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Development of new skills and understandings of creating, notating and realising new music via recording and performance
  • The ability to suggest new ideas and areas for development
  • Understanding of global trends, national and international influences, musical hybrids and multimedia
  • Understanding of creative practices and the ability to place them in context
  • Development of compositional research skills - research conducted into compositions and songs, film music, texts, etc., along with background to instruments and technology
  • The ability to critically evaluate new compositions and to understand how this information informs the development and creation of new musical works

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
AND
B1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
A2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
AND one stream from
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41