This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to compose a range of musical pieces using electronic music equipment and software. It applies to individuals who apply well developed skills in aural perception, harmony and counterpoint, and the use of technology based applications, to create music.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - use electronic media as a creative tool to compose a selection of musical pieces in response to different briefs; - discuss compositional requirements and apply well developed aural skills to the compositional process, and; - work collaboratively with others involved in creating, playing and evaluating own compositions. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - outline information to include in a plan for a composition project; - explain compositional techniques and musical elements used in a range of musical pieces; - describe features of a range of hardware and software tools/packages for composing music and generating music scores; - explain file formats used for electronic compositions; - outline copyright issues associated with composing music, and; - describe issues and challenges that typically arise in the context of composing music using electronic media and how they might be overcome.

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