Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course inspires students individually and in groups to begin developing, creating and recording their own music. It cultivates both technical and creative practices that support the writing, arranging and recording of music with an emphasis on using technology as a creative tool. The course covers fundamental concepts of song writing, music composition and sound design in addition to digital production skills relevant to this level of study.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1201 and MUSI1301. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1201 or MUSI1301 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1561.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use music and sound design terminology in communication

2. Review existing music compositions and describe their musical elements

3. Employ sound studio technology and audio equipment to produce a music recording

4. Evaluate the creative aspects of their own composition


  • Creating music and sound
  • Harnessing and developing musical ideas
  • Understanding the song writing process
  • Exploring words and music
  • Approaches to composing music
  • Understanding music structure and texture
  • Using music production technology
  • Music recording techniques


If you have successfully completed MUSI1301 or MUSI1201, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Composition/Song Analysis 20% *

Project: Sound Recording 40% *

Portfolio: Creative Work 40% *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 7

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.