The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is an open elective for students from all programs across the University excluding the excluding the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Music, and related programs. It utilises standard computer hardware and commonly available computer software applications (freely downloadable from the internet).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A basic understanding of fundamental music concepts

2. Practical experience working with non-notational methods of music editing and arrangement

3. Musical creativity through technology (software)

4. Self-expression through the arrangement of sound

5. Technical skills in digital music editing

6. An appreciation of a range of musical styles


Course content may include (but is not limited to):

  • Fundamental music concepts (eg. rhythm, structure, etc).
  • Basic music arrangement skills.
  • Aural perceptivity.
  • Graphical representation of music.
  • Creative approaches to music editing.
  • Music software terminology.
  • Working with audio loops.
  • Sampling technology.
  • Basic digital audio editing skills.
  • Balancing/mixing levels.
  • Remixing concepts.

Course content will be continually updated to keep up with advances in technology.


This course is not available to students in the Bachelor of Music [10646] or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts [10910] programs.

Assessment items

Project: Assessment 1

Project: Assessment 2

Project: Assessment 3

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Email Discussion Group: includes asynchronous communication activities such as discussion forums, etc

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self Directed Learning: Students are expected to review course materials and exercises in the online environment for two hours per week.