Singapore University of Social Sciences

Composition and Contemporary Approaches to Creative Music Making

Composition and Contemporary Approaches to Creative Music Making (BMU307)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 30 November 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


BMU307 Composition and Contemporary Approaches to Creative Music Making examines the techniques and strategies for arranging and composing music. It teaches you how to develop upon virtually any kernel of an idea, from a melodic fragment to a catchy rhythm or phrase or a nice chord. Each new lesson explores an approach to composing and how it works, complete with examples, composer perspectives, and how to compose in different styles. Students will analyse and discuss strategies for composing and improvising as a tool for developing creativity, critical thinking and musical understanding.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Construction of simple phrases
  • Extension of phrases .
  • The conventional chord progression.
  • Composition with modulation
  • Composition using unconventional scales and modes.
  • The accompaniment
  • Formal Structures – Repeat, Return, variation.
  • Words and Music
  • The Pop Format
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Orchestration and Arrangement
  • Pedagogy through Composition.

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the different approaches to creative music making in composition.
  • Employ a variety of techniques in musical arrangement and composition.
  • Construct melodic lines for given harmony
  • Create harmony for given melodic lines
  • Arrange music in different parts for instrumentalists or singers
  • Compose music in a coherent style.
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