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Music Composition

Professional Development Short courses

12 weeks
January 25th 2023
May 17th 2023
September 6th 2023

3 Hours/Week* + Independent Study
Live Online
Flexible entry pathways

Composition Certificate Options

Composition Fundamentals

What You will learn

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Compose music using common-practice composition techniques, utilising appropriate scoring and orchestration techniques for a range of instruments.

  2. Understand the capabilities, ranges, and timbral characteristics of common acoustic instruments and the human voice.

  3. Develop awareness of the use of compositional principles and methodologies related to melody, phrasing, form and harmony.

  4. Notate compositions in conventional musical notation, employing appropriate expressive and engraving techniques.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of notation and sequencing software.

  6. Reflect on composition processes and analyse music for composition methodologies.

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mode of delivery

Students are required to attend live online (timetabled) lectures and participate in tutorials as well as undertake self study online (un-timetabled) via resources provided. You will also have readings, exercises and assignments to do as well as an End of Term test and/or recital.


Your lectures are all pre-recorded. This lets you go at your own pace and watch the lecture or parts of it again if you need to. You can feel secure while you study that the content you need is at your finger tips and you can reach out to your lecturers and our professionals for further advice.

Tutorials give you the opportunity for interaction and to ask questions. This is done through LIVE-Online classrooms, pre-recorded tutorials or other forums where you submit questions, recordings or your other work. You get feedback from staff and at times, from other students

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Recognition of Prior Learning:

Keen to study the Bachelor of Music but not sure you're ready to get started just yet?

Our certificate short courses work hand in hand with our Bachelor of Music units! That means upon completion of your short course you can apply your studies to credit towards the degree if you want to continue to study with AGME. 

We can also assess this previous studies to determine the best level of study for you!

We also give recognition to a wide range of studies including Graded Public Exams e.g. AGME, IPVAEB, ABRSM, Trinity College London, vocational studies and other tertiary music studies.

Fill out our online application form to get started! 

Learn from the best

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Prof. Jordan Murray

Head of Composition

Jordan Murray is a freelance trombonist and music educator. He is also a sought-after composer, arranger and orchestrator. Jordan holds a BMus from WAAPA, an MA from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Monash University, as well as having undertaken postgraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in the USA. From 2011 to 2021, Jordan lectured in jazz and improvisation studies at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, and was the recipient of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award (2013). He has performed around the world with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Tom jones, the Temptations, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Frankie Valley, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Hans Zimmer, Ricky-Lee Jones, Tina Arena, John Farnham, Hugh Jackman, Jon Stevens, The Tesky Brothers, and The Cat Empire and London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Paul watt

Professor of Musicology

Paul Watt is Professor of Musicology at the Australian Guild of Music, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Music in the University of Adelaide. His research crosses a range of fields including nineteenth-century music, musical biography and criticism, popular music, intellectual history and religious and literary studies. He is the author of two books, Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography (2017) and The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England (2018). His articles have been published in a variety of journals including Music & Letters, the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 19th-century Music and the Yale Journal of Music & Religion. He is co-editor of a number of books including The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (with Sarah Collins and Michael Allis, 2020) and the award-winning book, Joseph Holbrooke: Composer, Critic and Musical Patriot (with Anne-Marie Forbes, 2017). 

Paul is also the Director of the Street Music Research Unit. The Unit is affiliated with The Busking Project, a non-profit organisation in Berlin, that promotes busking and street performance around the world. Paul also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Research Online, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, the RMA Research Chronicle and ‘Studies in British Musical Cultures’, a book series published by Clemson University Press. 

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Simone Maurer

Lecturer - Musicianship & Performance

Having joined the Guild in 2020, Simone lectures for Musicianship, and is Unit Coordinator and lecturer for Music Performance - in addition to providing governance support for various committees. Simone is a classically trained flautist, music performance and psychology researcher, and a Certified Movement Analyst. Simone has a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in advanced flute performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was a Griffith Honours College scholar and was awarded both a University and Music medal. She completed an MPhil in Music Studies (Performance) at the University of Cambridge (UK) whilst receiving flute lessons from Michael Cox (Royal Academy of Music, London). Simone is currently a final year PhD researcher in flute performance and music psychology (specifically investigating embodied cognition of performers) at the University of Melbourne, for which she received an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship from the Australian Government to study in NYC for one year. This study culminated in a Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and international registration as a somatic movement educator and therapist. Simone also teaches aural musicianship, music psychology, and dance theory at the University of Melbourne. 

International Students

Our completely online delivery method means that our students can study with us from anywhere in the world! 

Students will need to meet required audition & academic standards and have an IELTS score of band 6.0 (5.5 considered with extra assessment).

The best part is that your instrumental tuition can be delivered in person in your home country or by LIVE-Online real-time teaching.

study options for everyone

Looking for something else? Our Bachelor of Music is fully accredited and can be studied from anywhere in the world.  All our pathway study options can be used to apply for RPL for the Bachelor of Music and are online and flexible for students. 
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