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MUI3011 Making Music 6: Contemporary Arranging and Production

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Helen Russell


Pre-requisite: MUI2008


In the 20th century, the recording emerged as an important representation of contemporary music production, challenging the score as key text. Creative artists working in the contemporary music industry need to develop and display analytical skills and advanced practice in the arranging and recording of contemporary music.

With a focus on key texts within recorded contemporary music since 1950, this course provides students with the analytical skills to develop an advanced practice in the arranging and production of contemporary music.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply advanced principles, techniques and concepts of musical analysis to the theories and practices of musical production and arranging;
  2. show further developed aural skills, including the ability to research, observe and analyse music in a variety of recorded contexts;
  3. interpret and explore the languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the arrangement and production of contemporary music.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Instrumentation and in contemporary popular music since 1950 30.00
2. Arranging techniques in contemporary popular music since 1950 30.00
3. The recording studio as compositional tool 20.00
4. Developing graphic/representational notation for recorded music 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) No 30 1,2,3
Assignments Creative Creative work 1 No 30 2,4
Assignments Creative Creative work 2 No 40 1,2,4
Date printed 30 June 2022