Bachelor of Music - Music Technology Major Year 3 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Technology Major

The following applies to Year Three Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name


Unit Code


Unit Duration

Year long unit over 4 terms

Year Level

Three (Major)


Music Technology Major

Module Codes per semester



Year Coordinator

Greta Grybaitis

Unit Coordinator

Dr Ern Knoop

Teaching Staff

Lecturer:      Bernadette Norton
Sessionals: Dr Merv Leeding, Trevor McQuade, Bradley Eustace


Major elective


Year One and Two

Credit Points

13 per term; 52 for third year
Course Total = 52

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x Online
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
x External

Delivery/ Contact Hours

Lecture 2 hours
Tutorial n/a
Personal Study recommended – 13 hours


Bachelor of Music

Resource Requirements

  • MIDI Keyboard
  • MIDI Interface
  • Software
  • Computing resource requirements
  • Technical Help


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 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 four terms.

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 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. 
  4. 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.  This includes improved understanding of mixing, mastering, equalization, compression, and use of effects while not decreasing the quality, and aiming for clear and real instrumental/world sounds.
  5. 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. 
  6. Develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills when discussing music technology, with effective appraisal and evaluation skills while describing the best technology to use in a range of situations.
  7. Demonstrate research and evaluation skills and a strong understanding to recommend a selection of music equipment.


Teaching Outline

Year 3 Major

Term One

Storyboard, Plan and design content for a music app, software (Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Sequencing software)

Term Two

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

Term Three

Submit professional given scores using notational techniques and advanced playback knowledge. (Finale and Sibelius tools and features)

Term Four

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


Prescribed and recommended readings:

Required textbook(s)
Online books/video access (Moodle)

  • AGME - Music Technology Lecture Books
  • AGME – Pro Tools Textbook
  • AGME - Finale Textbook
  • AGME – Sibelius Textbook
  • Additional lecture notes uploaded to MOODLE when required
  • Oxford Music Online, a subscription to Grove Music Online includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2/e, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the new Grove Dictionary of Jazz 2/e, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music 2/e, plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online, and new and revised entries from the forthcoming The Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • JSTOR Journals and book subscriptions
  • video tutorials

Reference Materials
Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.  DVD’s are available upon request and given/posted to students in groups, students upon completion of viewing are required to return them and then they will be supplied the next group of DVD’s.
Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Hans-Joachim Braun
Music Technology from Scratch by Mortimer Rhind-Tutt
Experiencing Music Technology David Williams


Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1
Type: Assignment
Word length: 3000  
Topic 1: Review Musical Web Applications
(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.
(2000 words)
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.

Term 1, Week 9


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

Term 2, Week 9



Assessment 3
Type: Practical
Topic: Professional Recording – Sequencing
Creation of audio & MIDI recordings to accompany video.

Term 3
Week 9


4, 5

Assessment 4
Type: Assignment
Word length: 3000
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.

Term 4
Week 9


6, 7


Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.

A. Research, critical thinking and inquiry

Learning Outcomes

A1. adjust knowledge to new circumstances to problem solve creatively and with imagination in public performance/professional practice

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

A2. research, analyse, evaluate, think critically, organize evidence clearly and logically in a range of circumstances, including written work, performance and professional practice

2, 5, 6, 7

B. Knowledge and Skills


B1. knowledge of music technologies required in performance/professional practice

1, 3, 7

B2. advanced knowledge of music theory, aural, and performance/professional practice in either solo or group settings

4, 5

C. Communication


C1. communicate effectively in a variety of audiences using oral,  written, audio and visual applications to extend learning, (including while directing ensemble groups, instrumental tutoring,  other professional practice), and utilising  assessment, negotiation and understanding

1, 3, 4, 6

C2. ability to contribute to teams and resolve conflicts whilst supervising group tasks, performing or other professional practice


D. Independent Learning


D1. independent learning in a self-directed manner while being able to reflect on and evaluate work practices and performance to achieve goals

1, 2, 4, 5, 7

E. Creative and Professional Understanding


E1. demonstrate professional understanding and respect for standards of current music knowledge, pedagogy, performance/professional practice.

1, 2, 4, 5

E2. open to innovative concepts, procedures and philosophies in performance/professional practice and application of creativity.

1, 4, 5