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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, creative response to existing music, and exploration of contemporary approaches to composition - for example, Minimalism.

Paper title Composition Projects
Paper code MUSI331
Subject Music
EFTS 0.3
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,282.70
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MUSI 231 (no longer offered) or MUSI 234 or MUSI 235 (no longer offered)
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Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Teaching Staff: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Professor Peter Adams
Tom Jensen
Dr Madeleine Parkins-Craig

Teaching Arrangements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Two extra tutorials for the film music project.


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
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

Students who successfully complete the paper will develop the ability to:

  • Produce original musical ideas
  • Generate new ideas from existing material
  • Structure a piece of music coherently
  • Write in a practical way for instruments and voices
  • Compose for film using appropriate technology
  • Produce a recorded version of your composition
  • Notate accurately your ideas
  • Meet deadlines
  • 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

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 16-17
Monday 13:00-14:50 21-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 18-22
Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22, 28-34, 36-41