Music Technology Year Three

Unit of Study - Music Technology 301

Music Technology Major

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit NameMusic Technology 301 (Capstone)
Unit CodeMUSTEC 301
Unit DescriptionIn 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 Duration1 Semester (12 weeks)
Year LevelThree, Capstone
Unit CoordinatorBernadette Norton
Teaching StaffBernadette Norton
Core/ElectiveElective Major
Pre/Co-requisitesSatisfactory completion of Music Technology 201
Credit Points20 credit points
Mode of Deliveryx 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)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
o Fast track
Student WorkloadNo. timetabled hours per week:
Delivery/ Contact HoursLecture – 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
• Software
• 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)

Unit Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop organisation and communication skills when planning and designing a music application for the web/iphone/ipad used to assist in teaching music.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Teaching Outline

Year 3 Major
Weeks 1 to 6 semester 1
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

Student Assessment

Assessment TypeWhen assessedWeighting
(% of total unit marks)
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Assessment 1
Type: Assignment
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.
Week 620%
1, 2
Assessment 2
Type: Practical
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.
Week 12 50%3

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Library Resources

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 video tutorials

Reference Materials

Aitken, P. A. (2014). Internet, the. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from

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 Outcomes

#Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
Unit Learning OutcomesAssessments
1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical basis of the discipline2, 31
2A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation2, 31, 2, 3
3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research21
4The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings2, 31, 2, 3
5Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills11
6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate to a range of contexts including further study21, 2, 3
7The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts2, 31, 2, 3
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices2, 31, 2, 3

Graduate Attributes

#Graduate AttributeUnit Learning OutcomesCourse Learning OutcomesAssessments
1Deep disciplinary knowledge31, 21, 2
2The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways2, 33, 4, 81, 2
3A commitment to lifelong learning2, 31, 61, 2
4Effective communication skills for diverse contexts151, 2
5The capacity to work independently and collaboratively2, 341, 2