Courses & Units

Composition 1B FCM124



required unit for all BMus composition students


Composition 1B continues students' first-year study of the technical and expressive skills for music composition. Over the course of study, you are assigned a sequence of projects designed to establish writing skills and compositional craft, and to develop your 'voice' through the handling of instrumentation, pitch, rhythm, harmonic language and formal concepts. Through working with composers and instrumentalists on specific projects, you will compose a variety of pieces, interact with ensembles, study new works, develop your knowledge of writing and analytical skills, and build a portfolio of compositions.


Unit name Composition 1B
Unit code FCM124
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Dr Maria Grenfell

Teaching staff

Profile and Casual Staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2016 23/3/2016 11/4/2016 27/5/2016
Semester 2 11/7/2016 10/8/2016 29/8/2016 14/10/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2016 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2016 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $782.00 2016: $2,154.00 100101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.




Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

At least 3 hours of contact per week in individual, small group or seminar lessons.


Folio 70%, Seminar task 10%, Written assignment 10%, Performance of works 10%

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Adler, The Study of Orchestration, 3e, New York: Norton, 2002, ISBN 0-393-97572-X

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