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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 0.3
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,184.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,384.00

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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
Associate Professor Peter Adams
Matthew Caradus
Dr Madeleine Parkins-Craig

Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week. Four 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
  • 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

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 15, 17


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-40
Monday 13:00-14:50 21-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22, 28-34, 36-41