The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MUSI3631. Students who have successfully completed MUSI3631 are not eligible to enrol in MUSI3731.

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 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

Practical Demonstration: Creative and Analytical tasks (Individual)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment/Seminar Presentation (Individual)

Project: Major Arrangement with associated musical analysis (Individual)

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