Whether you have musical skill and ambition or just a sheer love of music, this subject allows you to sharpen your musical talent and appreciation with the guidance of our internationally acclaimed musicians and lecturers. By combining theory with practical tuition, you will learn different styles and techniques that build your skill-base in the areas of music and have countless opportunities for public performance and access to a world-class performing arts venue.

Music is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Music may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Music as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Music, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include MUSIC112, MUSIC213 and MUSIC314.

To complete Music as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Music, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include MUSIC112, MUSIC213 and MUSIC314.

To complete a minor in Music, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Music major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Music is available in three different streams for the Bachelor of Music (BMus).

Candidates must complete the requirements of the specified programme in Music including MUSIC112, MUSIC115, MUSIC116, MUSIC213, and MUSIC314.

To complete a BMus (Academic), students must complete the required papers and a further 105 points from Music, and 135 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Composition), students must complete MUSIC140 and a further 15 points at 100-level, MUSIC215, MUSIC219, MUSIC222, MUSIC240, MUSIC315, MUSIC323 and MUSIC340, and 105 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Performance), students must complete MUSIC118, MUSIC120, MUSIC121 or MUSIC122, MUSIC218, MUSIC220, MUSIC221, MUSIC227, MUSIC318, MUSIC320, MUSIC321, MUSIC327 and 75 points from elective papers.

Note:

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 (Royal Schools, Trinity College). Students wishing to enter the Performance stream at any level will be required to audition. 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.

Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences for programme advice.

Note on 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.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Music papers

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Code and paper title Points
ARTSC112 Music, Sound and Human Communication right arrow

Every day we communicate using complex linguistic and musical systems. This paper will explore the role of sound and music in human communication and...

15 24B (Online)
MAORI102 He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World right arrow

An introduction to the Māori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Māori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24G (Online)
MAORI157 Ngā Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka right arrow

An introduction to the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as a means of communication and cultural expression in the Māori world.

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC101 Secondary Performance Studies 1 right arrow

Students develop musical interpretation and technical skills in their chosen instrument/voice and broaden their repertoire knowledge and performance...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC102 Jazz Improvisation Combo 1 right arrow

This performance-based course will focus on the development of instrumental technique and Jazz improvisation skills through the in-depth study of...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC112 1000 years of Music right arrow

An introduction to music, its history, ideas and techniques.

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC115 Composition 1 right arrow

The development of creative musical skills and techniques based on classical and popular idioms; song writing; melody writing; thematic development...

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC116 Harmony and Counterpoint and Musicianship right arrow

A study of harmony and counterpoint in the Western tradition using historical and contemporary models, with practical application through...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC118 Performance Techniques 1 right arrow

This paper introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument - piano...

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC120 Performance 1 right arrow

This paper continues to develop the fundamental techniques which enable you to perform proficiently in a public arena on your chosen instrument.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC121 Classical Collaborations right arrow

This paper provides practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations, sonata duo, piano duet, piano trio, string...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC122 Musical Collaborations right arrow

This course comprises three streams: University Chamber Orchestra, University Chamber Choir, and University Big Band. The course will cover...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC140 Audio Tech: Communication and Creativity right arrow

This paper is an introduction to DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations); the creation of original musical works based on computer technology; basic...

15 24A (Online)
Code and paper title Points
MUSIC201 Secondary Performance Studies 2 right arrow

This course teaches fundamental technical and musical training to facilitate greater proficiency and understanding of your chosen musical instrument.

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC202 Jazz Improvisation Combo 2 right arrow

This performance-based course will focus on the development of instrumental technique and Jazz improvisation skills through the in-depth study of...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC215 Composition 2 right arrow

The development of individual creative musical skills based on studies of historical and contemporary techniques in Western classical music.

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC218 Performance Techniques 2 right arrow

This paper introduces advanced performance techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument.

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC219 Materials of Music 2 right arrow

Building on MUSIC119, students develop a deepened critical awareness of the structures of western classical music through the examination of a range...

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC220 Performance 2 right arrow

This paper develops the fundamental techniques which enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument.

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC221 Classical Collaborations 2 right arrow

Development of chamber music skills that were introduced in MUSIC121.

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC226 Musical Theatre right arrow

This course provides a historical overview of British and American musical theatre and an introduction to the production processes and stagecraft...

15 24G (Hamilton)
MUSIC227 Performance Ensemble: Choir/Orchestra/Jazz Big Band Ensemble right arrow

This course comprises three streams: University Chamber Orchestra, University Chamber Choir, and University Big Band. The course will cover...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC240 Creative Music Technology 2: Music and Visuals right arrow

An introduction to music for screen idioms and its compositions through digital sound generation.

15 24B (Online)
MUSIC250 Language for Singers right arrow

Exploring the study of diction and language for singers, including IPA, English diction, Italian, French, and German.

15 24D (Hamilton)
THSTS212 Developing Text and Action right arrow

This paper develops performance and writing for performance skills. Using techniques based on contemporary/postdramatic methods in theatre and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
ALPSS390 Directed Study right arrow

This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their...

15 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC301 Secondary Performance Studies Class right arrow

This paper further develops musical interpretation and technical skills with the chosen instrument through weekly classes, and broadens repertoire...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC314 History and Analysis of Music: 1800 to the Present right arrow

A critical and analytical survey of Western Music from the Romantic period to the present day, taught through a context-based survey course. Topics...

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC315 Composition 3 right arrow

This paper aims to expand the creative musical skills, technical expertise and artistic outlook of students based on the exploration of a variety of...

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC318 Performance Techniques 3 right arrow

The development of advanced performance techniques.

15 24A (Hamilton)
MUSIC320 Performance 3 right arrow

This paper teaches more advanced techniques which enable students to perform more proficiently in a public arena on the chosen instrument.

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC321 Classical Collaborations 3 right arrow

This paper provides advanced practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations and may also include orchestral and choral...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC323 Performance, Creative or Research Project right arrow

The supervised development of individual creative, performance or research project.

15 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC327 Performance Ensemble 2 right arrow

This course comprises three streams: University Chamber Orchestra, University Chamber Choir, and University Big Band. The course will cover...

15 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC340 Music Technology 3: Creative Project right arrow

This paper includes a critical study of music and technology, and the development of students' production and composition techniques. The aim is to...

15 24A (Online)
Code and paper title Points
ALPSS500 Academic & Professional Research & Writing right arrow

In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills...

30 24A (Online) & 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
ALPSS590 Directed Study right arrow

This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their...

30 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC501 The Aesthetics of Music right arrow

30 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC504 Professional Performance Practice right arrow

120 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC514 Composition Portfolio right arrow

120 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC521 Advanced Classical Collaborations right arrow

This advanced paper focuses on the development of comprehensive chamber music and ensemble skills, and the improvement of musicianship in relation to...

30 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC522 Composition Studies right arrow

90 24D (Hamilton)
MUSIC523 Advanced Performance, Creative or Research Project right arrow

This advanced paper aims to develop and refine the individual compositional, performance and research skills students have developed in studies at...

30 24B (Hamilton)
MUSIC524 Advanced Performance right arrow

120 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC525 Advanced Opera Studies right arrow

Advanced Opera Studies is an extensive and unique vocational training programme for exceptional singers who have shown promise and dedication to a...

120 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC528 Performance Studies right arrow

90 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC540 Advanced Music Technology right arrow

This advanced paper includes a critical study of music and technology, and the development of students' production and composition techniques, with a...

30 24A (Online)
MUSIC592 Dissertation right arrow

A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

60 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC593 Performance Composition Portfolio right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research, or original composition or a recital.

90 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC594 Music Thesis right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

120 24X (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
MUSIC800 Music MPhil Thesis right arrow

120 24X (Hamilton)
Code and paper title Points
MUSIC900 Music PhD Thesis right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC901 Music Creative Practice PhD Thesis right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
MUSIC994 DMA Thesis and Performance right arrow

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 30 May 2024 01:00am