Available in 2018

Course handbook


This is the fifth in a series of five courses that aim to develop skills and the understanding of musical organisation, structures and techniques, shared musical vocabularies, musical representation and communication. Examples from a wide diversity of musical styles and periods are presented. The course also provides the opportunity to apply these tools and abilities creatively in any genre or era as defined by the interest of the student.

Performers/composers/producers in the 21st century need to be adaptable to different contexts and inventive with their performance and repertoire. This course particularly focuses on arrangement, orchestration, reinterpretation and repertoire creation, using traditional and non-traditional approaches to music and sound making.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate skills in score organisation and analysis

2. Demonstrate knowledge of instrumental and vocal characteristics

3. Demonstrate ability to manipulate timbre and/or texture, structure and sound using score and/or technology based processes

4. Demonstrate ability to arrange existing repertoire into new contexts

5. Demonstrate ability to compare and evaluate stylistic differences through analysis


Content includes lectures and tutorials on orchestration and arrangement, instrumental characteristics, sound and acoustics, digital manipulation and other topics related to repertoire re-interpretation and invention.


This course has similarities to MUSI3731. If you have successfully completed MUSI3731 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 3 and 4 (MUSI2631, MUSI2632).

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Creative and Analytical tasks - Arranging tasks

Written Assignment: Written assignment / Seminar presentation

Project: Major Arrangement with associated musical analysis

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term