MTEC6702

Advanced Musical Scoring Techniques

10 Units

An examination and practical outworking of the production of professional music notation using computer software. Includes an investigation of the music publishing process through a series of outcome-based tutorials using specialised music notation software. Topics examined may include (but are not limited to) note entry methods, notational rules, page layout, industry publishing conventions, creating parts from scores, alternative notation and exporting/importing files. Emphasis is particularly placed on notational accuracy, style consistency, data entry efficiency and a solid grounding in traditional music notation conventions (Students will be required to have access to an approved music publishing software package in order to complete assessment tasks).

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Creative Arts
Availability Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced skills using music publishing software;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of professional music publishing practices;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to produce advanced musical notation and use appropriate page layout;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the different approaches of music publishing software;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.
Content

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • note entry methods,
  • notational rules,
  • page layout,
  • industry publishing conventions,
  • creating parts from scores,
  • alternative notation, and
  • exporting/importing files.

Emphasis is also placed on notational accuracy, style consistency, data entry efficiency and a solid grounding in traditional music notation conventions.

Additional study areas may include lyrics, chords, and advanced notational scoring (for example, 20th century scoring).

Assumed Knowledge Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. (This course requires a good comprehension of music notation.) No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Assessment Items
  • Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution
  • Project: Project - Notational Score Excerpt(s)
  • Project: Project - Advanced Score Excerpt(s)
  • Project: Project - Music Note Entry Methods
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Use of Blackboard discussion forums and email for asynchronous online communication in addition to a synchronous online virtual chat (1 hour) per week)
Course Materials
  • The Norton Manual of Music Notation
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MTEC6702

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