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MUSI431 Composition Portfolio

A paper in creative music in which students work towards a portfolio of their own compositions under staff supervision.

This fourth-year paper in creative music gives the student an opportunity to grapple with further large-scale pieces of music of particular interest and to work on building a professional portfolio. Students receive individual tuition and are encouraged to choose projects of special interest in consultation with their lecturer.

Paper title Composition Portfolio
Paper code MUSI431
Subject Music
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,227.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MUSI 331
Limited to
MusB(Hons), PGDipMus

400-level papers are normally available to students enrolled in a MusB(Hons), BA(Hons), PGDip(Mus) and PGDip(Arts) only. If in doubt as to your eligibility to take a 400-level paper, see Peter Adams (

Not all 400-level papers will necessarily be offered in every year. Usually three 20-point, 400-level papers only will be offered - usually MUSI 403, 407 and 442. Students interested in an internship project may be eligible to take HUMS 401 Internship Practicum as a 20-point paper.


Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Teaching Staff: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Associate Professor Peter Adams

Teaching Arrangements
All 400-level work is moderated by an examiner external to the University.
Reference material:
  • Leon Dallin. Twentieth Century Composition. Brown Co, Iowa, 1974
  • 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
  • Matthew Nicholl and Richard Grudzinski. Music Notation. Preparing Scores and Parts. Berklee Press, 2007
Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts ( office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this paper:

  • Students will be able to write music at a professional level, both in terms of creativity and technique
  • Music scores must be of a level that could be given to professional performers for a concert
  • Works produced should be substantial in terms of form and content
  • Students should show originality founded on technical and intellectual competence
  • Students will develop an understanding of (and application of) musical styles and genres
  • Students will be technologically proficient
  • Students will be able to demonstrate clarity of process and communication
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to be practical

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system