Courses & Units

Writing About Music FCA113



This unit introduces students to specialist writing styles and conventions relevant to their creative practice. This unit will prepare students to engage in music analysis, criticism, and research, as well as writing for other professional contexts. These may include:

  • music criticism and reviews
  • critical analysis of musical works
  • research
  • program notes and liner notes
  • other related professional writing

This unit will also equip students with an applied understanding of writing about music in different formats, and an ability to critically evaluate written sources relevant to their discipline


Unit name Writing About Music
Unit code FCA113
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music

Carolyn Philpott

Teaching staff

Dr Glen Hodges, Dr Nick Haywood, Dr Maria Grenfell, Dr Carolyn Philpott

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply understanding of writing styles and conventions relevant to your practice

2. Critically analyse various music related writing genres

3. Undertake independent enquiry demonstrating self-reflection, judgement and responsibility in dealings with others



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100101

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour weekly lecture and 1 hour weekly tutorial


1. Assessment Task 1, Live Concert Review, 450 words, 15%

2. Assessment Task 2, Research-Citation-Review Task, 450 Words, 15%

3. Assessment Task 3, Programme or Liner notes, 900 words, 30%

4. Assessment Task 4, Essay or Industry journal article, 1200 words, 40%

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