Composition and Music Technology

The composition and music technology (CMT) specialisation in the Bachelor of Music degree trains music creators of the future. Students develop skills in composition for acoustic and electronic instruments, songwriting and music for other media such as film and video games through collaborations with other parts of the university community. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with performance students at the school, write for international visiting artists and undertake their own recording projects. As part of testing composition techniques in performance scenarios, students engage with the variety of music technology in the industry for composing, recording, mixing, mastering and software programming. This includes engagement with the unique Meyer Sound Constellation systems in the Ian Potter Centre for the Performing Arts and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio.The schools ongoing program of local, national and international visiting artists and workshops means students are already in contact with the industry whilst still undertaking their studies.

You will enjoy a variety of  approaches to music creation, including studio-based composition, chamber composition, community composition, jazz composition, composition for film and television, songwriting, experimental composition and sound art. Our composition and music technology students are part of a lively, creative community that investigates music through traditional approaches and new technologies.

As well as creating music, students are involved in recording, mixing and mastering of music. Students will develop creative and music technology skills for employment within new media, composition, recording and performance creative industries such as sound engineering, computer music, audio-visual production and post-production, mastering, scoring for film and multimedia, audio for games, software development, and multimedia production. We often welcome leading artists and engineers as guest lecturers, to provide insights into professional workflows and creative practices. 

_MG_9834Opportunities for our students include performance residencies with leading local and international performers as well as the Monash New Music Ensemble and  the Monash Electronic Music ensemble. Visiting practitioners of new music present their approaches and methods in weekly composition seminars.

Composition and music technology is a specialisation in our Bachelor of Music and related double degrees. At the graduate level the School offers a Research Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy in these areas. 

Our Creative Community

A vibrant and creative composition and music technology community has evolved in the School that includes composers working in many areas of music. This highlights an approach that allows for expression and exploration in a wide range of musical styles and genres. Staff and students  are involved in many projects, and present their work in the wider community. Types of works created and performed in the School include:

  1. notated compositions for solo instruments, chamber groups and large ensembles
  2. electronic works for spatialised sound
  3. computer-generated compositions (including the creation of software with Max/MSP and Pd)
  4. music for film, dance, games and drama productions
  5. improvisation-based works
  6. sound installations
  7. works that combine the above

Activities of composition students include the collaboration with performance ensembles and individual performers within the School. The School aims at the integration of composition, music studies and performance, and encourages a high level of creative interaction among students and staff.

Here’s some pic’s of the CMT students doing their thing!!!!

_MG_9834  Our Push controllers.

_MG_9532  Recording a drum take!

_MG_9512  Adjusti

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