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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.

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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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
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Career opportunities

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

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.

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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
MAORI102He Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI157Nga Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as a means of communication and cultural expression in the Maori world.
MUSI100Materials of MusicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI101Secondary Performance Studies 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI112Introduction to Western MusicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI113Introduction to SongwritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI115Composition 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI117Musicianship 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI118Performance Techniques 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI119Harmony and Counterpoint 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI120Performance 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI121Chamber Music 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI130Soloist Studies 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI131Soloist PerformanceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI140Music and ComputersThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI150New Zealand MusicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSIC101Secondary Performance Studies 118Y (Hamilton)
Students develop musical interpretation and technical skills in their chosen instrument/voice through weekly individual lessons and broaden their repertoire knowledge and performance opportunities at Friday performance hour sessions.
MUSIC112Introduction to Western Music18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to Western music, its history, ideas and techniques.
MUSIC115Composition 118B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
The development of creative musical skills and techniques based on classical and popular idioms; song writing; melody writing; thematic development; harmonic understanding; two-part counterpoint. Computer technology will be used as a composition and publishing tool.
MUSIC117Musicianship 118Y (Hamilton)
An introduction to sight-reading, score reading, keyboard skills, choral and aural training and general musicianship.
MUSIC118Performance Techniques 118A (Hamilton)
The development of performance techniques on piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar or voice, orchestral winds and brass.
MUSIC119Harmony and Counterpoint 118Y (Hamilton)
A study of harmony and counterpoint in the Western tradition using historical and contemporary models. Scores and sound files are realised using computer software.
MUSIC120Performance 118B (Hamilton)
This paper develops the fundamental techniques which enable you to perform proficiently in a public arena on your chosen instrument.
MUSIC121Chamber Music 118Y (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations, sonata duo, piano duet, piano trio, string quartet, vocal ensemble, as well as orchestral and choral practice, and, for keyboard players, continuo and accompanying skills.
MUSIC130Soloist Studies 118Y (Hamilton)
An introduction to the biography of musical repertoire, musical styles, systems of intonation, and the dynamics of working with piano. Students gain a thorough knowledge and history of their chosen instrument.
MUSIC131Soloist Performance18Y (Hamilton)
Students learn to identify strengths and address weaknesses in their technical and interpretive skills. They develop their talent and stage presence through lessons, concert opportunities and preparation for competitions.
MUSIC140Music and Computers18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to electroacoustic music; the application of digital sound and MIDI devices in a musical context.
TIKA157Nga Mahi a Rehia: Leisure Pursuits of the MaoriThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
TIKA163He Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori WorldThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MAORI241Te Ao Oro: The Maori World of Sound18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the traditional instruments of the Maori and the rituals around their use. A practical element is included, which encourages students to make their own instruments and start to learn how to create compositions.
MAORI257Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Maori18A (Hamilton)
An examination of the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as an influential and political phenomena of expression of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its influence on the landscape.
MUSI201Secondary Performance Studies 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI213History and Analysis of Music: 1600-1800This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI215Composition 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI217Musicianship 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI218Performance Techniques 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI219Harmony and Counterpoint 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI220Performance 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI221Chamber Music 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI222OrchestrationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI226Music TheatreThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI227Performance Ensemble 1This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI230Soloist Studies 2This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI240Screen Music CompositionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSIC201Secondary Performance Studies 218Y (Hamilton)
This course teaches fundamental technical and musical training to facilitate greater proficiency and understanding of your chosen musical instrument.
MUSIC215Composition 218A (Hamilton)
The development of individual creative musical skills based on studies of historical and contemporary techniques in Western classical music.
MUSIC218Performance Techniques 218A (Hamilton)
This course introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument. These techniques will form the very foundation of your career as a performing musician.
MUSIC220Performance 218B (Hamilton)
This course introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument.
MUSIC221Chamber Music 218Y (Hamilton)
Development of chamber music skills that were introduced in MUSIC121/MUSI121.
MUSIC227Performance Ensemble: Choir/Orchestra18Y (Hamilton)
This course comprises two streams: University Chamber Orchestra and University Chamber Choir. The course will cover discipline-specific ensemble skills, vocal/orchestral techniques and discipline, and relevant vocal and orchestral repertoire.
MUSIC230Soloist Studies 218Y (Hamilton)
This paper is available only for those students who have completed the year one Soloist Stream paper. These are for exceptional performers already working at an international level.
MUSIC240Sonic Composition for New Media Art18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to music/sound composition for new media art through production, generation and improvisation.
THST212Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and PerformersThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
THSTS212Stage Performance: Techniques for Actors and Performers18B (Hamilton)
A mixed practical and theoretical paper, designed to develop a stronger awareness and knowledge of rehearsal and stage performance protocols and proven performance techniques based on selected practitioners. Students prepare and perform monologues, scenes, songs for critique and feedback.
TIKA241Te Ao Oro: The Maori World of SoundThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
TIKA257Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the MaoriThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
MUSI301Secondary Performance Studies Class18Y (Hamilton)
Students further develop musical interpretation and technical skills in their chosen instrument/voice through weekly classes and broaden their repertoire, knowledge and performance ability through Friday Performance hour sessions.
MUSI314History and Analysis of Music: 1800 to the Present18B (Hamilton)
A critical and analytical survey of Western Music from the Romantic period to the present day.
MUSI315Composition 318A (Hamilton)
The development of creative music skills, techniques and technologies based on studies in Western art music 1900 to the present.
MUSI318Performance Techniques 318A (Hamilton)
The development of advanced performance techniques.
MUSI320Performance 318B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches more advanced techniques which enable students to perform more proficiently in a public arena on their chosen instrument.
MUSI321Chamber Music 318Y (Hamilton)
This paper provides advanced practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations as well as orchestral and choral practice, and, for keyboard players, continuo and accompanying skills.
MUSI323Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition18B (Hamilton)
The supervised development of individual portfolios of original music.
MUSI327Performance Ensemble 218Y (Hamilton)
Participation in the University Chamber Choir or Orchestra rehearsals and public performance. The study of ensemble or vocal techniques and discipline, and relevant orchestral or choral repertoire.
MUSI330Soloist Studies 318Y (Hamilton)
Students examine the characteristics of successful musical artists and their relevance to the development of their own stage persona. Students learn various means of working with the media, including interviews and dissemination of information.
MUSI340Acousmatic, Generative and Interactive Sonic Art18A (Hamilton)
A critical study of acousmatic music, generative music, and interactive systems in sound art; and the development of students' production and composition techniques and artistic understanding accordingly.
MUSI390Directed Study18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
TIKA341Nga Taonga Puoro mai i te Ao Tawhito ki te Ao Hou: Ancient and Contemporary Music of the MaoriThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
TIKA357Mahi Whakaari: Maori Performing Arts18B (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of kapa haka, investigating the theoretical and practical application of creating original compositions, lyrics, music, action and choreography. Emphasis will be placed on a final performance of created work.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MUSI501The Aesthetics of Music18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI504Professional Performance Practice18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI505Composition Project18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI510Music for the Screen18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI511Sonic Art18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI514Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition Portfolio18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI522Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition Studies18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI524Advanced Performance18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI528Performance Studies18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI560Special Topic18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI562Special Topic: Opera StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MUSI590Directed Study18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
MUSI591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MUSI592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MUSI593Music Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MUSI594Music Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MUSI800Music MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MUSI900Music PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI901Music Creative Practice PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
MUSI994DMA Thesis and Performance18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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.


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Conservatorium of Music/Music Programme


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.


Documents


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