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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePhD(Mus Composition)
CRICOS code069110B
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Thomas Reiner

Description

The PhD in musical composition is designed for composers to develop a research-based composition folio that makes an independent and original contribution to knowledge. The program consists of 100 per cent research in the form of musical composition. In consultation with the supervisor, a candidate will plan and develop a substantial, research-based folio of original compositions.

Objectives

On the completion of the PhD candidature students should have

  • developed a composition folio that gives evidence in support of a research-based argument and makes an independent and original contribution to knowledge
  • gained an understanding of composition as a complex process that includes the conception and research of an aesthetic argument, the development and structure of sound materials, and the realisation of the work in performance and sound recordings, + acquired a good knowledge of music technology, and an understanding of music technology as a compositional tool
  • developed the capacity for a critical and informed assessment of their own compositional approaches and musical aesthetics in the broader context of contemporary music
  • acquired the ability to research and convey creative processes involved in the production of sound and music.

Structure

The period of PhD candidature is normally three years of full-time study, with a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years full-time equivalent.

Full-time candidates are expected to allocate 48 hours per week to compositional activities and meet with their supervisor(s) on a regular basis.

Candidates are required to present at least 50% of the music submitted in their folio in public concerts. The School of Music - Conservatorium assists candidates in organising performances and recordings through its performance venues and music studios.

Full-time candidates are required to attend a minimum of 12 of the School's postgraduate seminars during each year of their candidature. Part-time candidates are required to attend a minimum of 6 seminars per year.

Candidates are required to present at least one postgraduate seminar during the course of their candidature.

Requirements

A candidate will be required to submit a composition folio consisting of both musical scores and sound recordings. The overall duration of the submitted music would normally be between 50 and 80 minutes. Depending on the complexity of the submitted music, however, the overall duration may deviate considerably from the given range. Candidates present at least 50 per cent of the music submitted in their folio in public concerts. The supervisor guides the candidates in the performance and recording of their musical works. Together with the folio of musical compositions candidates submit a critical commentary of between 20,000 and 25,000 words that demonstrates their capacity to articulate the conceptual and aesthetic basis for their folio of compositions, to assess their compositional work in the context of contemporary music and sonic art, and to research and convey creative processes involved in the production of sound and music. The commentary must be scholarly in character, and, at minimum address the following:

  • explication of a research-based argument that provides the conceptual basis for the folio and its contribution to knowledge
  • compositional approach, process, and techniques
  • aesthetic placement and stylistic predecessors
  • performance context.

Progression to further studies

The PhD regulations make provision for composition masters degree candidates to transfer their candidature after a minimum period of nine months full-time (or part-time equivalent), but before 36 months, of satisfactory performance.

Award(s)

Doctor of Philosophy (Music Composition)