University of Sydney Handbooks - 2019 Archive

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Composition Studies

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The following unit is now available in Semester 1:

CMPN4620 Independent Arts Professional

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damien Ricketson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr seminar/week Assessment: Weekly exercises (30%); Funding submission (30%); In-class presentation (20%); Podcast (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Independent Arts Professional supports the career development of music practitioners as they enter the creative industries. Through a critical program of artistic self-assessment and practical business tasks, this Unit of Study seeks to equip students with the tools to successfully present their creative product and carve out a unique artistic space for their future endeavor. The program is relevant to independent-minded performers, composers, producers and curators seeking to identify and contextualise their individual artistic voice within a broader arts community. In addition to providing students with ongoing tools to evaluate personalised artistic goals, completion of this unit will provide practical and strategic skills in analysing their potential market, securing stakeholders and developing planning approaches that successfully bring creative enterprises to fruition.


The folowing unit is no longer available in 2019:

CMPN1310 Percussion Composition Workshop

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Composition Studies

Composition Through Improvisation 1
3      Semester 1
Composition Through Improvisation 2
3    P CMPN1000
Semester 2
Vocal Composition Workshop
3    A Sight singing; basic choral skills required; familiarity with music notation and music notation software.
P CMPN1331 or CMPN1601

if prerequisite not met, you may request special permission
Semester 2
Percussion Composition Workshop
3    P CMPN1331 OR CMPN1601

if prerequisite not met, you may apply for special permission
Semester 1
Concepts of Music Through Composition 1
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Concepts of Music Through Composition 2
6    P CMPN1331
Semester 2
Instrumentation and Orchestration
6      Semester 1
New Music, New Thinking
6      Semester 2
Music Notation and Publishing
6      Semester 1
Scoring and Arranging for the Screen
6      Semester 2
Comp Techniques: Number and Process
6    P CMPN1612

Strong music theory and notation skills are essential in this unit of study
Semester 1
Comp Techniques: Tonality and Process
6    P CMPN2613 or CMPN2011

Strong music theory and notation skills are essential in this unit of study
Semester 2
Advanced Instrumentation and Orchestrat
6    A Students should be competent in score writing and fundamental knowledge of instruments and orchestration while also having composition experience.
P CMPN1611
Semester 2
Composition Workshop
6    P 18 Junior credit points
Semester 1

Composer Performer Workshop

Composer Performer Workshop 1
3      Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 2
3    P CMPN3000
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 3
3    P CMPN3001
Semester 1
Semester 2
Composer Performer Workshop 4
3    P CMPN4000
Semester 1
Semester 2