Course Offerings - Current

Here is a summary of my thesis supervision experience and brief overview of subjects that still hold my interest from a teaching perspective - for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Supervision experience

I have extensive experience as a thesis supervisor, reviewer and assessor. Experience includes:

  • ~30 Grad. Dip.
  • ~10 M.A.
  • 5 M. Phil.
  • 6 PhDs 1 joint supervision (first in scientific sonificationin Australia)
  • Numerous (~50) final year and honours theses/major works.
  • External Examiner for 12 PhD theses.

Whilst not definitive, it is also an indication of thesis supervision expertise.


Course Topics

Outlined below is a number of units that I can offer immediately. Full course outlines, including texts, references and tutorial and assessment topics are available. The exact content would be adapted from material I have taught before and adapted to the specific mode and duration of delivery: whether formal lectures (with or without tutorials), seminars or project-style approaches.

  1. The physical, psychophysical bases of music.

    Based on units I taught for many years at Melbourne University and the ANU (including into the BSc degree) where it was a required for all music degree students. It can be thought of as a basis scientific understanding of the physical, biological and mental aspects of sound and music perception. Includes a low-level biological understanding important for healthy hearing practices, tuning and temperament etc as well as higher-level mental issues of music psychology. Feedback over many years from others teaching music have indicated that they find communicating musical ideas and issues students considerably easier once they have undertaken this course. If necessary, it can be delivered in a formal way, with lectures, tutorials and written assignments and examinations. Course notes for an out-of-date version of this unit is available at Possible linkage: Science
  2. Philosophical Perspectives on Western Music.

    Music as imitation, ideas, autonomous form, symbol, phenomena, social and political force, feminism and postmodernism. A largely theoretical study of the way music reflects and sometimes anticipates major themes in the western continental and analytic philosophical traditions from pre-Socratic to modern times. This unit is best delivered as a series of lectures or seminars. Assessment as seminar presentation and term paper. Possible linkage: Philosophy.
  3. Historical Analysis of Post-Romantic Music.

    A series of analyses of important post-Romantic works of the 20th and 21st centuries from the impressionism and neoclassicism through the second Viennese school, integral serialism, minimalism, electronic music and computer music, clusters an spectra, chance and formalism.Lecture or seminar series with assessment by presentation and paper submission.
  4. Computer Modelling for Music Composition and Stylistic Analysis.

    To acquire a basic understanding of conceptual structures and their application to composition and stylistic analysis of music through the ability to model them with a computer. Useful for composition and musicology students. Assessment by seminar presentation and submitted assignments. Possible linkage: Mathematics, Computer Science
  5. Composing and Performing with Computers.

    Covers the gamut from orchestration with music notation systems to algorithmic composition and instrument/computer interactive improvised performance. For performers, best undertaken following initial studies in improvisation, such as with skills acquired in the studies such as the Collaboration and Musical Multimedia unit. Delivery: Combination of theoretical and practical modes with practical assignments and critical activity report. Possible linkage: ANU Computer Science and Engineering
  6. Soundscapes, Sonification and other Musical Environments.

    A practical and theoretical study of the principles of soundscape and environmental recording and composition. In addition to musical aspects, includes negotiation and contractual arrangements with public bodies, publicity and audience development. Possible linkage: Biological sciences and geography; Research centres involved in data modelling, School of Art, Ecology and Environmental Studies.
  7. Collaborating Through Musical Multimedia.

    Interactive composing, performing, improvising, web- and pod-casting with Humans and Avatars. A practical and theoretical exploration of way of collaboratively creating and disseminating music in a variety of modes, from free improvisation to virtually-coordinated ensembles. Assessment by musical event presentation and critical activity report. Possible linkage: Engineering.