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MUSI331 Composition Projects

A paper in creative music that develops skills in the student’s areas of interest.

This paper in creative music allows students from both the Western art music stream and the contemporary music stream to study together and focus on developing the individual's technique and 'voice'. There is greater freedom to pursue creative projects of the students' own design. There are also significant modules on creating film music, song arrangements for orchestra, and exploration of contemporary approaches to composition - for example, Minimalism.

Paper title Composition Projects
Paper code MUSI331
Subject Music
EFTS 0.3000
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,076.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,424.00

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MUSI 231 or MUS 235
Limited to
Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Four extra tutorials for the film music project.
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Associate Professor Anthony Ritchie
Teaching Staff: Associate Professor Anthony Ritchie, Associate Professor Peter Adams
Dr Graeme Downes and Matthew Caradus.
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Reference material:
  • Samuel Adler. The Study of Orchestration. Norton & Co, 2002. Book and CDs. (CDs are available at the AV desk on floor 2 of the library)
  • Kurt Stone. Music Notation in the Twentieth Century. A Practical Guidebook. Norton & Co, 1980
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:
  • The ability to produce original musical ideas
  • The ability to generate new ideas from existing material
  • The ability to structure a piece of music coherently
  • The ability to write in a practical way for instruments and voices
  • The ability to compose for film using appropriate technology
  • The ability to produce a recorded version of your composition
  • The ability to notate accurately your ideas
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to work with performers and produce instrumental and vocal parts

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
M1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41