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MUSPOP 3201 - Song Writing & Performance 3

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 4 hours per week
Restriction: Available to BMus, BMedia (Pop Music Major), DipMus students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: MUSPOP 2202 or MUSPMACT 2202
Assessment: Research essay 20%, Improvisation proficiency exam 20%, Portfolio 30%, Recital 30%

Expanding concepts introduced previously through Song Writing and Performance 1 and 2, this course enables students to develop advanced creative and technical skills that build on their previous experience in composition and song writing, arranging, orchestrating and music production in a contemporary popular music context. A particular focus of this course is on introducing experimental approaches to music, exploring intersections between contemporary popular music and the musical Avant Garde. Students will research the fringes of contemporary popular music in order to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of music. They will apply this knowledge practically through pushing the boundaries of their creative work in a supportive environment, and learn skills for the interpretation and evaluation of such work. Through the course, students will develop both the knowledge and practical skills to move their creative work beyond established contemporary forms and techniques. Seminars introduce experimental compositional techniques, and explore the artistic movements and work of key practitioners that led to the development and adoption of these techniques. A key components of the seminar are the development of a research project, and a portfolio of compositions. Workshops focus on the development of advanced strategies for the preparation and performance of live original music. Students will work in small groups to prepare their original work for live performance. A key focus of the workshops is promoting student autonomy in the organisation of their ensembles, and encouraging students to engage with the local music industry through off-campus performances.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14441 SE01 30 9 1 Mar - 29 Mar Tuesday 1pm - 2pm Schulz, 406, Keyboard Suite
26 Apr - 24 May Tuesday 1pm - 2pm Schulz, 406, Keyboard Suite
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13468 WR05 5 2 28 Apr - 26 May Thursday 2pm - 4pm Madley, B09, Practice Room
14442 WR04 5 1 28 Apr - 26 May Thursday 2pm - 4pm Madley, G06, Practice Room
14443 WR03 5 FULL 28 Apr - 26 May Thursday 2pm - 4pm Madley, G05, Practice Room
14444 WR02 5 FULL 28 Apr - 26 May Thursday 2pm - 4pm Madley, G04, Practice Room
14445 WR01 5 1 28 Apr - 26 May Thursday 2pm - 4pm Madley, G03, Practice Room
Related Class: Performance
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14440 PF01 30 9 3 Mar - 31 Mar Thursday 2pm - 4pm Schulz, 506, EMU Space