New Music, New Thinking (CMPN1612)


New Music, New Thinking is designed to challenge the way in which students' understand the music of our time. Through in-depth analyses of music of the past 100 years, students will be exposed to a variety of compositional techniques, concepts and aesthetics. The content and assessment of this subject will enable students to further develop critical thinking and judgments with regards to the composition of new classical music and relate this knowledge to other contemporary cultural practices. Students will be expected to undertake weekly readings and listenings, participate in discussion and conduct independent research.

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1 hour/wk + 1hr tutorial


Three assessment items: (1) essay (50%); weekly engagement in discussion and creative exercises (25%) and; (3) portfolio of three small creative works (25%).

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