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.
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- Film Music Composer or Producer
- Recording Artist
Study Music in any of these qualifications
|Materials of Music||MUSI100||15.0 Points|
|Secondary Performance Studies 1||MUSI101||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Western Music||MUSI112||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Songwriting||MUSI113||15.0 Points|
|Composition 1||MUSI115||15.0 Points|
|Musicianship 1||MUSI117||15.0 Points|
|Performance Techniques 1||MUSI118||15.0 Points|
|Harmony and Counterpoint 1||MUSI119||15.0 Points|
|Performance 1||MUSI120||15.0 Points|
|Chamber Music 1||MUSI121||15.0 Points|
|Soloist Studies 1||MUSI130||15.0 Points|
|Soloist Performance||MUSI131||15.0 Points|
|Music and Computers||MUSI140||15.0 Points|
|New Zealand Music||MUSI150||15.0 Points|
|Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga: The Maori Language and its Customs||REOM100||15.0 Points|
|Nga Mahi a Rehia: Leisure Pursuits of the Maori||TIKA157||15.0 Points|
|He Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World||TIKA163||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS296||20.0 Points|
|Secondary Performance Studies 2||MUSI201||20.0 Points|
|History and Analysis of Music: 1600-1800||MUSI213||20.0 Points|
|Composition 2||MUSI215||20.0 Points|
|Musicianship 2||MUSI217||20.0 Points|
|Performance Techniques 2||MUSI218||20.0 Points|
|Harmony and Counterpoint 2||MUSI219||20.0 Points|
|Performance 2||MUSI220||20.0 Points|
|Chamber Music 2||MUSI221||20.0 Points|
|Music Theatre||MUSI226||20.0 Points|
|Performance Ensemble 1||MUSI227||10.0 Points|
|Soloist Studies 2||MUSI230||20.0 Points|
|Screen Music Composition||MUSI240||20.0 Points|
|Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and Performers||THST212||20.0 Points|
|Te Ao Oro: The Maori World of Sound||TIKA241||20.0 Points|
|Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Maori||TIKA257||20.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FASS396||20.0 Points|
|Secondary Performance Studies Class||MUSI301||20.0 Points|
|History and Analysis of Music: 1800 to the Present||MUSI314||20.0 Points|
|Composition 3||MUSI315||20.0 Points|
|Performance Techniques 3||MUSI318||20.0 Points|
|Performance 3||MUSI320||20.0 Points|
|Chamber Music 3||MUSI321||20.0 Points|
|Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition||MUSI323||20.0 Points|
|Performance Ensemble 2||MUSI327||10.0 Points|
|Soloist Studies 3||MUSI330||20.0 Points|
|Digital Composition||MUSI340||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||MUSI390||20.0 Points|
|Nga Taonga Puoro mai i te Ao Tawhito ki te Ao Hou: Ancient and Contemporary Music of the Maori||TIKA341||20.0 Points|
|Mahi Whakaari: Maori Performing Arts||TIKA357||20.0 Points|
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 Music||MUSI501||30.0 Points|
|History of Popular Song||MUSI503||30.0 Points|
|Professional Performance Practice||MUSI504||120.0 Points|
|Composition Project||MUSI505||120.0 Points|
|Music for the Screen||MUSI510||30.0 Points|
|Sonic Art||MUSI511||30.0 Points|
|Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition Portfolio||MUSI514||120.0 Points|
|Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition Studies||MUSI522||90.0 Points|
|Advanced Performance||MUSI524||120.0 Points|
|Performance Studies||MUSI528||90.0 Points|
|Special Topic||MUSI560||30.0 Points|
|Special Topic: Opera Studies||MUSI562||60.0 Points|
|Directed Study||MUSI590||30.0 Points|
|Music Thesis||MUSI593||90.0 Points|
|Music Thesis||MUSI594||120.0 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 Thesis||MUSI800||120.0 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.