Bachelor of Music
Sharpen your musical talent with the guidance of our internationally acclaimed musicians and lecturers when you study a Bachelor of Music at Waikato. With countless opportunities for public performance and access to a world-class performing arts venue, you’ll be learning among the best.
The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a specialist degree that will suit you if you have musical skill and ambition or just a sheer love of music. Choose an Academic or Performance based programme and learn different styles and techniques that build your skill-base in the areas of music that interest you.
Combining theory with practical tuition, you’ll have access to our specialist teaching facilities, including the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
The two BMus streams are:
- Digital Music
- Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
- Māori Song and Dance in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
- Western Music History
- Chamber Music
- Performance Techniques
- Western Music History
Tuition is available in voice, piano, cello, violin, classical guitar, and a range of orchestral instruments.
Within the BMus degree, we offer a soloist specialisation for exceptionally talented music students who have the potential to become successful international soloists. Every specialisation student has their own programme of study and we provide intensive one-to-one teaching to raise technical and interpretative skills, with a strong focus on performance skills. You'll develop your on-stage personalities through multiple opportunities to perform before live audiences, and participate in national and international competitions.
Admission to the soloist specialisation is at the discretion of the Convenor of Music. It is restricted to exceptional students who have:
- been awarded a major prize at a recognised international or New Zealand competition;
- performed a concerto with a professional orchestra, or a solo or chamber music concert at a major concert venue;
- successfully completed the interview process.
The core undergraduate papers in the soloist specialisation are:
- Soloist Studies 1 - MUSIC130
- Soloist Performance - MUSIC131
- Soloist Studies 2 - MUSIC230
- Soloist Studies 3 - MUSI330
Students from Waikato's Conservatorium of Music are renowned for standing out on the world stage. They have excelled nationally in New Zealand's major music competitions, such as the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, the National Woodwind Competition and the Lexus Aria Competition, as well as on the international stage, for example the Beijing International Cello Competition and the Johanssen International String Competition in Washington DC.
|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$6,922 per year
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|Fees (International):||$29,705 per year|
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Degree planner — Bachelor of Music (BMus) Overview
One from List B
(see BMus papers below)
History of Music: 1600-1800
(MUSIC213, not offered in 2018)
One from List C
(see BMus papers below)
History of Music: 1800- Present
(MUSIC314, not offered in 2018)
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- ARTSC101 Indigenous Social Science Research
- ARTSC102 Art Affects<>Effects
- ARTSC104 Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL Students
Any Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies paper, or
- ANTHY102 New Zealand and the Pacific
- CHINE131 Chinese Language 1: Part A
- CHINE132 Chinese Language 2: Part B
- FRNCH131 French for Beginners 1
- FRNCH132 French for Beginners 2
- INTLC101 International Languages and Cultures
- JAPAN131 Japanese 1: Part A
- JAPAN132 Japanese 1: Part B
- LINGS131 Describing Language
- SPNSH131 Spanish for Beginners 1
- SPNSH132 Spanish for Beginners 2
- STREL102 World Religions: Contemporary Life and Practice
- ANTHY201 Ethnicity and Identity
- ANTHY202 Polynesia and its Peoples
- CGRD252 Studies in Visual Communication
- CHINE204 Visualising China
- GEOGY219 Māori Lands and Communities
- LINGS203 Language, Society and Culture
- HISTY225 Indigenous Histories: First Peoples, Nations and Narratives
- INTLC221 East Asia: Tradition and Modernity
- INTLC222 European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity
- MEDIA201 Media in Aotearoa
- INTLC380 Study Abroad 1
- INTLC381 Study Abroad 2
- INTLC382 Study Abroad 3
- ARTSW* Community Projects
- ARTSW* Industry and Community Competitions
- ARTSW* Entrepreneurships
- ARTSW* Work Placement
- ARTSW* Work-related Project
Music papers not linked above
- MUSIC101 Secondary Performance Studies 1**
- MUSIC121 Chamber Music 1**
- MUSIC140 Music and Computers
- MUSIC150 New Zealand Music
- MUSIC201 Secondary Performance Studies 2**
- MUSIC215 Composition 2
- MUSIC217 Musicianship 2
- MUSIC219 Harmony and Counterpoint 2
- MUSIC221 Chamber Music 2**
- MUSIC222 Orchestration
- MUSIC226 Music Theatre
- MUSIC227 Performance Ensemble 1
- MUSIC240 Screen Music Composition
- MUSIC301 Secondary Performance Studies Class**
- MUSIC315 Composition 3
- MUSIC321 Chamber Music 3**
- MUSIC323 Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition
- MUSIC327 Performance Ensemble
- MUSIC340 Digital Composition
- MUSIC390 Directed Study
** Entry to these papers is by audition.
* Note: Paper code to be finalised.
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If you have (or expect to gain) New Zealand University Entrance you are eligible to apply for this degree.
If you have (or expect to gain) New Zealand University Entrance you are eligible to apply for this degree. You must also meet one of the following requirements:
- NCEA - 14 credits in Music at Level 3
- NCEA - 20 credits in Music at Level 2
- A Grade 3 Theory pass or better in the New Zealand Music Education Board or Australian Music Education Board examinations, or
- A grade 5 theory pass or better in the Trinity College, or Royal College of Music examinations, or
- A qualification considered equivalent
All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: The above entry criteria for the BMus will come into force in 2017, subject to approval from the New Zealand Universities Committee on University Academic Programmes.
For the Performance programme, a selection process applies and you will be required to successfully complete an audition. These are usually held in September and October and applications are required prior to the audition date. Find out further information about Music at Waikato.
Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.
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Bachelor of Music with Honours
Requirements The Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
The Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BMus(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level, of which 30 points must be in research, normally a 30 point dissertation or an approved equivalent, specialising in either composition or performance. The BMus(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.
In general, to be admitted to the BMus(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level Music papers of your undergraduate degree. Performance candidates must also have passed an audition. Admission criteria may vary so please consult the Music Graduate Adviser for specific admission criteria.
Music is also available for the BA(Hons).
You may take up to 30 points from subjects listed outside the degree. You should discuss your intended programme of study with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties or Schools concerned.
Graduate study options
The opportunities for you to practice through performance are endless.
The opportunities for you to practice through performance are endless. Have your compositions performed, or perform yourself, at any of our regular events including the annual Opera production, weekly lunchtime recitals, Friday performance hours and competitions such as the Lilburn Trust Student Competition Awards concert – to name a few.
We also have strong networks in the wider community, which gives you a wider range of performance opportunities.