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Unit Overview


Composition students apply techniques and technologies studied throughout the Principal Music sequence to the development of a portfolio of original compositions submitted and assessed at the end of semester. The portfolio must display variety in scope and instrumentation, and at least one work must involve technologies studied in previous semesters. The unit culminates in a recital examination of several original works developed throughout the course.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate sophisticated compositional concepts, processes and techniques; (2) apply advanced compositional techniques to the development of original compositions; (3) demonstrate command of idiomatic and extended scoring for acoustic instruments, in solo and small chamber ensemble contexts; (4) demonstrate embedded sophistication in collaborative music making skills appropriate to this level of tertiary performance; (5) verbally communicate their own creative ideas and analytical insights with reference to their own work and the work of others; and (6) independently manage the creation of an original composition from conception, through scoring and production of parts to a publishable standard, rehearsal and performance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio and recital; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) participation in concert and weekly composition/instrumental workshop. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the portfolio and recital component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr James Ledger
Unit rules
Successful completion of
MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition with a mark of at least 60% and a portfolio mark of 60%
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester
workshops: 20 hours per semester
collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.