Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate skills in score organisation and analysis.

2. Apply knowledge of instrumental and vocal characteristics.

3. Manipulate timbre and/or texture, structure and sound using score and/or technology based processes.

4. Rearrange existing repertoire into new contexts.

5. Compare and evaluate stylistic differences.


Topic include:

  • orchestration and arrangement
  • ¬†instrumental characteristics
  • sound and acoustics
  • digital manipulation
  • repertoire re-interpretation and invention.


This course has similarities for MUSI3631. If you have successfully completed MUSI3631 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MUSI2731 or an advanced understanding of harmony.

Assessment items

Portfolio: Creative and Analytical Tasks - 30%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Instrumentation Study - 30%

Project: Major Arrangement with Associated Musical Analysis - 40%

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.