Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the foundational technical skills required to write a song in a contemporary popular style. Students will develop their skills in lyric writing, melodic writing, form, and chord sequences. This course will provide an overview of the use of computer software for recording and presenting works to a professional standard.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI2004. Students who have successfully completed MUSI2004 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI1901.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Create and present a new original work demonstrating foundational songwriting techniques.

2. Identify foundational songwriting techniques in selected musical works

3. Describe the various stylistic characteristics of popular music and music genres

4. Analyse and critique their own works


  • foundational song writing techniques and how to critique works
  • melody writing, chord progressions, hooks and the writing of lyrics, rhythmic patterns and form
  • stylistic markers for popular music genres such as rock, reggae, R&B, folk/country and hip hop


This course replaces MUSI2004. If you have successfully completed MUSI2004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Songwriting Project Proposal 25% *

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Analysis of set works 35% *

Project: Create an original song composition 40% *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 9

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.