Music Technology Year Three
Unit details for Semester One
Unit of Study - Music Technology 301
Music Technology Major
The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.
|Unit Name||MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: Capstone|
|Unit Code||MUSTEC 301|
|Unit Description||In this unit students will:
• Demonstrate advanced skills required to produce music training WEB apps, and publication standard notation.
• Produce professional publication standard notational scores, and applications applying understanding of music, compositional and creative skills.
• Investigate and focus on music applications and knowledge required in music industry related careers.
|Award(s)||Bachelor of Music|
|Unit Duration||1 Semester (12 weeks)|
|Year Level||Three, Capstone|
|Unit Coordinator||Bernadette Norton|
|Teaching Staff||Bernadette Norton|
|Pre/Co-requisites||Satisfactory completion of Music Technology 201|
|Credit Points||20 credit points|
|Mode of Delivery||x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Intensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
o Fast track
|Student Workload||No. timetabled hours per week:|
|Delivery/ Contact Hours||Lecture – 1 hour
Practical Session – 2 hours
Tutorial – n/a
Personal Independent Study – 13 hours
Total hours per week – 16 hours
|Resource Requirements||• MIDI Keyboard
• MIDI Interface
• Computing resource requirements
• Technical Help
|Resources Provided||• Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.
• DVD’s are available upon request and given/posted to students
• Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below)
The aim of this unit is to develop strong skills and understanding of music technology. Students will develop skills and knowledge in design to effectively plan for the creation of a music app with training purposes. Students will gain an understanding of musical collaboration using these technologies and how this contributes to the communication of music. Students will gain strong skills in the use of notational software to a professional publishing standard with application of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students’ abilities will progress over the semester.
On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:
- Develop organisation and communication skills when planning and designing a music application for the web/iphone/ipad used to assist in teaching music.
- Research, source and/or create audio, graphic, text, video and interactive content and apply critical thinking skills to apply and integrate new knowledge in the development of a music-related training web app.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge, confidence and understanding of notational software, including advanced tools required to create musical elements used in professional notated scores for publication and use in practical applications.
|Year 3 Major|
|Weeks 1 to 6 semester 1|
|MUSIC WEB APP
Storyboard, Plan and design content for a music WEB app, software (Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Sequencing software, AppMakr, PowerPoint)
• Create simple WEB app
• Research music WEB apps
• Design and create WEB app for assessment task
|Weeks 7 to 12 semester 1|
Submit professional given scores using notational techniques and advanced playback knowledge. (Finale and Sibelius tools and features)
• Utilise Finale editing tools.
• Complete assessment task
|Assessment Type||When assessed||Weighting|
(% of total unit marks)
|Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Assessment 1 |
Word length: 3000
Topic 1: Review Musical Web Applications
Written (1000 words)
Compare and evaluate five professional musical web applications. Present your findings in a comprehensive report. Discuss differences, methods used to teach musical content (text, images, music, and links), appearance of app., usability and layout of material.
Topic 2: Plan and Design a Musical Web App.
Written (2000 words) plus practical (WEB Application)
Design and Plan a web app that will teach users knowledge related to music, which allows music playback, musical content (text, images, music, and links), and copyright protection.
Students are not to create a web app, only to write a plan that portrays the design and the content that will be utilised in the plan. Present a rationale of personal opinions towards usability and purpose of app.
|Assessment 2 |
Topic: Professional Scoring - Notational
Students are to create a Professional Printed Notational Score including:
• Increased awareness of advance tools required to create musical elements.
• Demonstration of accuracy of produced works.
• In-depth understanding of manipulating page layout.
Prescribed and recommended readings:
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:
- The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed.).
- The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.).
- The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (2nd ed.).
- The new Grove dictionary of opera.
- The Oxford companion to music.
- The Oxford dictionary of music (2nd ed.).
Plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.
A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to Lynda.com video tutorials
Aitken, P. A. (2014). Internet, the. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2256904
Beetem Acker, A. (2014). Apps [applications]. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Beetem Acker, A. (2014). Effects unit. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Braun, H. (2002). Music and technology in the Twentieth Century. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Davies, H. (2001). Vocoder. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Rhind-Tutt, M. (2012). Music technology from scratch. London, England: Rhinegold Education.
Tawa, N. (2013). Sheet Music. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Williams, D. B., & Richard, P. (1996). Experiencing music technology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co.
|#||Course Learning Outcomes|
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline||2, 3||1|
|2||A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation||2, 3||1, 2, 3|
|3||An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research||2||1|
|4||The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings||2, 3||1, 2, 3|
|5||Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills||1||1|
|6||Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study||2||1, 2, 3|
|7||The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts||2, 3||1, 2, 3|
|8||The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices||2, 3||1, 2, 3|
|#||Graduate Attribute||Unit Learning Outcomes||Course Learning Outcomes||Assessments|
|1||Deep disciplinary knowledge||3||1, 2||1, 2|
|2||The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways||2, 3||3, 4, 8||1, 2|
|3||A commitment to lifelong learning||2, 3||1, 6||1, 2|
|4||Effective communication skills for diverse contexts||1||5||1, 2|
|5||The capacity to work independently and collaboratively||2, 3||4||1, 2|