Bachelor of Music - Music Technology 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:
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration Year long unit over 4 terms
Year Level Three, Semester 2
Unit Coordinator Bernadette Norton
Teaching Staff Bernadette Norton
Core/Elective Elective Major
Pre/Co-requisites A pass in Music Technology 301
Credit Points 20 credit points

Mode of Delivery

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

  • 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 increase recording knowledge and understanding of hardware and software used when recording audio and MIDI material while synchronizing it to video.  Students will develop research skills and knowledge in music technology applied to a range of situations including (but not limited to) studio setup, techniques used in sound production, and/or live sound equipment setup.  Students’ abilities will progress over the semester.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of sequencing software to create and edit recordings with skills in sourcing and manipulation of existing Audio and MIDI to incorporate into recording.
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in mixing, mastering, equalization, compression, and use of effects without decreasing sound quality, aiming for clear and real instrumental/world sounds.
  3. Develop compositional skills with the creation of original works to accompany and synchronize with media, including creation of FX or use of available FX to complement media content. 
  4. Develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills for discussing music technology, with effective appraisal and evaluation skills for selecting the best technology to use in a range of contexts.
  5. Demonstrate research and evaluation skills and recommend a selection of music equipment.

Teaching Outline

Year 3 Major

Weeks 1 to 6 semester 2

Create an advanced recording using digital music sequencing software (Pro Tools and/or Cubase utilising recording techniques).

Practical sessions

  • Research and select a 2 minute (min.) video trailer with opportunities towards demonstrating audio FX, and vocal sections.
  • Create and design musical backing tracks utilising audio loops, MIDI instruments and audio in synchronisation with video.
  • Incorporate voice and FX into final recording.

Weeks 7 to 12 semester 2

Submit research on a music technology topic demonstrating a high understanding of the topic area. 

Practical sessions

  • Use of music equipment or related recording hardware in performance.
  • Setup stage with technology and music equipment, cabling for recording live performance.
  • Discuss music equipment, hardware and software.  Make recommendations in forums and class sessions for alternative options, including pricing details.

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Library Resources
Online Resources (books/video)
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

Bauer, W. I. (2014) Music Learning Today: Digital Pedagogy for Creating, Performing, and Responding to Music. Oxford Scholarship. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Braun, H. (2002). Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century.  Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Johnson, E.T. (2013). Laptop. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Ostertag, B. (2002). Human Bodies, Computer Music. Leonardo Music Journal, 12, 11-14. JSTOR, JSTOR, Retrieved from
Smith, B. (2014). Virtual instrument [software synthesizer]. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.
Retrieved from
St. James, A. (2004). 101 Recording tips. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corp.
Strawn, J., & Shockley, A. (2014). Computers and music. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Strong, J. (2014). Home recordings for musicians for dummies (5th ed). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Rhind-Tutt, M. (2012). Music Technology from Scratch. London, England: Rhinegold Education.
Rodman, R.W. (2013). Television 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 1a
Type: Practical
Topic: Professional Recording – Sequencing

Creation of audio & MIDI recordings to accompany video.

Week 6


1, 2, 3

Assessment 2
Type: Assignment
Word length: 3,000 words
Topic: Music Technology Research             
Select a research topic related to music technology, and incorporate a review of products related to technology. Use effective arguments to draw a conclusion with recommendations.

Week 12


4, 5



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

1, 2, 4, 5


2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1, 2, 3

1, 2

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

4, 5


4 The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings

1, 2, 3


5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills


1, 2

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3, 4 2
7 The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts 1, 2, 3 1, 2
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices 1, 2, 3 1
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 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 1, 2, 3 3, 4, 8 1
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 6 1, 2
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 4, 5 5 1, 2
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 1, 2, 3 4 1, 2