Bachelor of Music - Music Technology Major Year 3 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Technology Capstone

music technology Major

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name


Unit Code


Unit Description In this unit students will learn how to:
  • 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 Year, Capstone
Unit Coordinator Bernadette Norton
Teaching Staff Bernadette Norton
Core/Elective Elective Major
Pre/Co-requisites A pass in Music Technology 201
Credit Points 20 credit points

Student Workload Delivery/ Contact Hours

x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/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 Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours
No. timetabled hours per week:
  • Lecture - 1 hour
  • Practical Session – 2 hour
  • Tutorial - n/a
  • Personal Independent Study – 13 hours
Total hours per week - 16 hours

Resource Requirements

  • MIDI Keyboard  (USB preferred, MIDI interface required if not)
  • Computing resource requirements
  • External Technical Help

Resources Provided

  • Noteflight Notational Software (Cloud)
  • Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.
  • DVD’s are available for loan 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
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
Submit professional given scores using notational techniques and advanced playback knowledge. (Finale and Sibelius tools and features)
  • Utilise Finale editing tools.
  • Complete assessment task


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.


Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1
Type: Assignment
Length: 3000 words
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 6 20%

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




Course Outcomes


Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

Unit Learning Outcomes


1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical  basis of the discipline

2, 3


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



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



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
9 The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.




Graduate Attributes


Graduate Attribute

Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes


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