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Study Music with leading performers, composers and musicologists; and perform in the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, part of the University of Waikato's purpose-built performing arts academy.

Matthias Balzat

Bachelor of Music
Matthias has been playing the cello since he was three years old. The former Wentworth College student is only 16 and is in his third year of his Bachelor of Music. In 2013, he won a number of prestigious competitions, such as the National Chamber Music Competition with two other members, and also the American Protege Competition.


Tamina Beveridge

Bachelor of Music
Tamina Beveridge is studying for a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Performance (Piano) at the University of Waikato. The former Wellington East Girls’ College student started playing the piano at the age of four.


Eliza Boom

Postgraduate Certificate
Eliza grew up on the stage, singing with her parents and five siblings around the country.


Julia Booth

Master of Music
For most of 2014, soprano Julia Booth became Christine – the star of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera, performing with the Hamilton Operatic Society.


June Dams

Doctor of Musical Arts
Originally from Belgium, soprano June Dams has lived in New Zealand for 16 years. Currently she is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under the tutelage of Dame Malvina Major, June holds an Master of Music in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre Studies and Composition from the University of Waikato.


Noelle Dannenbring

Bachelor of Music with Honours
Noelle Dannenbring has been active in the performing arts in Rotorua for much of her life. Having started piano and ballet at an early age, she found herself performing roles in school and local productions of musical theatre.


Jenny Johnson

Master of Music
Jenny has loved music all her life and after completing her Masters in the art she moved south to be the Principal Oboist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.


Jeremy Mayall

PhD
Since beginning his Bachelor of Music in 2004, and later graduating with his PhD, Jeremy has amassed a serious amount of accolades as a performer and composer.


If music is your passion, then Waikato has a programme of study to suit. We teach Western Classical Music – from Baroque to contemporary, through performance, composition and musical scholarship. If you're inclined to the modern, we offer papers in sonic art and new technologies.

Our staff are highly qualified professionals, active nationally and internationally as composers, performers and musicologists. Music is their passion too, and our common aim is to help you develop the technique and understanding you'll need to reach your full musical potential.

Waikato's Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts will be your stage throughout your studies. Situated on the Hamilton campus, the academy is an award-winning performing arts venue.

 Career opportunities

  • Advertiser
  • Broadcaster
  • Composer
  • Digital Media Producer
  • Film Music Composer or Producer
  • Performer
  • Recording Artist

100 level

Indigenous Social Science ResearchARTSC10115.0 Points
Arts Affects<>EffectsARTSC10215.0 Points
Rights and ReasonsARTSC10315.0 Points
Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL StudentsARTSC10415.0 Points
Old Worlds - New WorldsARTSC11015.0 Points
Social Science Theory and ActionARTSC11115.0 Points
He Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori WorldMAORI10215.0 Points
Nga Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa HakaMAORI15715.0 Points
Materials of MusicMUSIC10015.0 Points
Secondary Performance Studies 1MUSIC10115.0 Points
Introduction to Western MusicMUSIC11215.0 Points
Introduction to SongwritingMUSIC11315.0 Points
Composition 1MUSIC11515.0 Points
Musicianship 1MUSIC11715.0 Points
Performance Techniques 1MUSIC11815.0 Points
Harmony and Counterpoint 1MUSIC11915.0 Points
Performance 1MUSIC12015.0 Points
Chamber Music 1MUSIC12115.0 Points
Soloist Studies 1MUSIC13015.0 Points
Soloist PerformanceMUSIC13115.0 Points
Music and ComputersMUSIC14015.0 Points
New Zealand MusicMUSIC15015.0 Points

200 level

Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the MaoriMAORI25715.0 Points
Secondary Performance Studies 2MUSIC20115.0 Points
Composition 2MUSIC21515.0 Points
Performance Techniques 2MUSIC21815.0 Points
Harmony and Counterpoint 2MUSIC21915.0 Points
Performance 2MUSIC22015.0 Points
Chamber Music 2MUSIC22115.0 Points
Music TheatreMUSIC22615.0 Points
Performance Ensemble: Choir/OrchestraMUSIC22715.0 Points
Soloist Studies 2MUSIC23015.0 Points
Sonic Composition for New Media ArtMUSIC24015.0 Points
Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and PerformersTHSTS21215.0 Points

300 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Mus) and GradDip(Mus)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Music at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study in Music must include MUSI112 or equivalent.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Mus), PGDip(Mus), BA(Hons), BMus(Hons), MA and MMus

A Postgraduate Diploma in Music is available in either Composition or Performance. Students must complete either MUSI504 or MUSI505.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BA(Hons), a student should normally hold a BA degree and have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Music papers or all their undergraduate Music papers.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BMus(Hons), a student should normally hold a BMus degree and have at least a B average in their 300 level Music papers in the area of intended graduate specialisation or all their undergraduate Music papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BMus(Hons) in Music, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally MUSI591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Music.

Candidates for the MMus should normally have a minimum B+ average pass in their BA(Hons) or BMus(Hons) degrees. The MMus is taken in Composition or Performance. Students are required to take either MUSI514 or MUSI524.

Candidates for the MA in Music should normally have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in Music and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Music papers or all of their undergraduate Music papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Music (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Acceptance into the MA is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor and overall approval from the Programme Convenor.

Completion requirements for the MA in Music vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis or a composition portfolio, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis or a composition portfolio, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

The Aesthetics of MusicMUSI50130.0 Points
History of Popular SongMUSI50330.0 Points
Professional Performance PracticeMUSI504120.0 Points
Composition ProjectMUSI505120.0 Points
Music for the ScreenMUSI51030.0 Points
Sonic ArtMUSI51130.0 Points
Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition PortfolioMUSI514120.0 Points
Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition StudiesMUSI52290.0 Points
Advanced PerformanceMUSI524120.0 Points
Performance StudiesMUSI52890.0 Points
Special TopicMUSI56030.0 Points
Special Topic: Opera StudiesMUSI56260.0 Points
Directed StudyMUSI59030.0 Points
DissertationMUSI59130.0 Points
DissertationMUSI59260.0 Points
Music ThesisMUSI59390.0 Points
Music ThesisMUSI594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Music MPhil ThesisMUSI800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD and DMA

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

The Doctor of Musical Arts is a research degree in which the research component is divided equally between research-based performance and a supporting thesis. The thesis will be conceptually related to the student's performance.

Music PhD ThesisMUSI900120.0 Points
Music Creative Practice PhD ThesisMUSI901120.0 Points
DMA Thesis and PerformanceMUSI994120.0 Points

You will receive lessons and be able to perform, and have your works performed, in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, through events such as the annual opera production, our contemporary music ensemble – Okta, the Lilburn Trust Student Composition Awards, weekly lunchtime recitals and performance hours.

Our Music programme has excellent facilities available for you to rehearse and compose, the electroacoustic music studios are of an international standard. A long-standing feature of the Music programme is our commitment to integrate the latest technological developments throughout the programme as appropriate.

Music is available in streams for the BMus and as a major for the BA. Music may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Music for the BA, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Music, including at least 60 points above 200 level.

To complete a BMus (Academic), students must pass 16 papers in Music, including MUSI112, MUSI115, MUSI117, MUSI119 and MUSI150, and at least three Music streams as set out in the Bachelor of Music.

To complete a BMus (Performance), students normally must pass 17 papers in Music including MUSI112, MUSI115, MUSI117, MUSI119 and MUSI150. At the discretion of the Convenor of Music, some students may replace MUSI117 with another Music paper. Voice Performance students are recommended to replace MUSI150 with FREN131, GERM131 or SPAN131. Performance students must complete four streams, namely Chamber Music, Performance, Performance Techniques and Western Music History. Performance Techniques and Performance papers are available only to BMus students who have passed a successful audition in the previous year. Details of streams for the Performance programme are set out in the Bachelor of Music.

If you wish to undertake performance papers as part of your Music major or if you would like a specialist Music qualification you will enrol in the Bachelor of Music.

Within the BMus, a Soloist specialisation is available. Details of the specialisation can be found in the Bachelor of Music.

All students enrolled for the BMus or the BA majoring in Music are required to participate in group performances, either by singing in the University Chamber Choir or playing in the University Orchestra. Participation in the Choir or Orchestra may be counted towards MUSI227 Music Ensemble 1 or MUSI327 Performance Ensemble 2.

Notes:

  1. All BMus students enrolled in first year Music papers should have skills in reading and writing music to Grade 3 level (NZMEB, AMEB) or Grade 5 level (Royal Schools, Trinity College). Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Music papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Music papers above 200 level.
  2. Assessment: Failure to achieve a pass in any Performance, Performance Techniques, or Chamber Music papers will result in the need to re-audition for entry to Performance or Chamber Music streams. Students wishing to enter the Performance stream at any level will be required to audition.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4380
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: musi-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: musi-grad@waikato.ac.nz