Bachelor Music (Practical Composition)
Victorian College of the Arts
Composers of the twenty-first century are required to create sound for a diversity of contexts and utilise a diversity of styles and approaches. In the Practical Composition Stream I had an opportunity to work in a highly practical environment and develop skills in creating sound for many contexts. This included composing music for a range of media including Film, Animation, Dance, Drama, Concert Performance and Orchestra. The emphasis in the course is on the making of sound often through collaboration and the realisation of new work in a live performance event. The main focal points of the course include: Materials of Composition, Orchestration, Ensemble, Conducting and Direction, Cross-media Elements, Professional Development and Collaboration. In addition, I took part in the elective modules of Film Composition, World Music Ensemble, Harmonic and Contrapuntal Devices, PA and Midi, Alexander Technique and Advanced Orchestration. The composition students have access to the Composition Studio, which has computer facilities incorporating Pro-tools, Sibelius and Finale, along with a mixing desk, a Korg Triton sampling workstation, and a video capture card with film monitoring facilities. I also utilsed my own tools and small studio in the completion of the course.