Courses & Units

Popular Music Composition & Songwriting FCF101


This unit provides a comprehensive survey of the processes and structures used in developing contemporary song and popular music. Examples of stylistic and idiomatic devices used in a variety of song genres will be contextualized in relation to formally established songwriting forms and traditional means of expression and communication. Attention will be given to both music and lyric components.


Unit name Popular Music Composition & Songwriting
Unit code FCF101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Glen Hodges

Teaching staff

Mr Dean Stevenson

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture/seminar
1 x 1 hour tutorial/workshop


In-class tasks and participation in class discussions: 20%

2 x written assignments 60%

End of semester presentation: 20%

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