The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Digital Proficiency in Music explores applications of digital technology and its integration into current music-making practices. The course focuses on software-based methods of music creation and dissemination and provides fundamental skills in music arrangement and production. Students will improve their level of creativity and digital dexterity while broadening their understanding of digital applications in music in a range of digital environments (including mobile).

The course is open to all UoN students who have an interest in music. It is particularly suited to those undertaking tertiary studies in music. Instrumental skill and familiarity with visual music representations is not necessary but desirable.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI1700. Students who have successfully completed MUSI1700 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1705.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a good understanding of fundamental music production techniques in the digital domain.

2. Demonstrate an ability to manipulate and disseminate music in different media formats.

3. Demonstrate an ability to creatively arrange music in a software environment.

4. Demonstrate an ability to competently operate relevant music hardware and software.

5. Demonstrate fundamental awareness of visual music representations through software.


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

  • Recording and arranging music using software
  • Digital media formats used for music/sound
  • Online music dissemination methods
  • Understanding music production software
  • Fundamental music editing and processing skills
  • Virtual studio technology and plug-ins
  • Creative production techniques for music
  • Graphical representations of music/sound
  • Digital cultures and the modern musician
  • Digital networks and mobile devices


This course has similarities to MUSI1700. if you have successfully completed MUSI1700 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

This is a first year level course open to all students. It is assumed that students undertaking this course have, at least, a fundamental understanding of the concepts of music. Please contact the course coordinator for further details.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Investigate Music Production Task

Project: Creative Music Production Task

Project: Recording Music Production Task

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

or Online (depending on the week - please refer to the timetable)


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

or Online (depending on the week - please refer to the timetable)