Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Music

Stage I

MUS 103
15 Points

Music Fundamentals

A practical and theoretical overview of the fundamental written and aural skills required for music literacy. This course prepares students for MUS 104 and further university-level study and practice in music.

Restriction: MUS 100, may not be taken with or after passing MUS 101, 104, 174, 184, 284

MUS 104
15 Points

Music Literacies

The development of music theory, aural skills and perception necessary to be an effective musician. The study of basic theory, harmony, analysis, aural perception and musicianship with exemplars from classical, jazz and popular music genres. Includes a choral component.

Prerequisite: MUS 100 or 103 or Departmental approval

MUS 106
15 Points

Ensemble Communication and Direction

An examination of the skills and techniques required for the communication and direction of ensembles including orchestras, bands, jazz and contemporary ensembles, choirs and other performing arts contexts. Includes knowledge of repertoire style, genre and period associated with directing music.

MUS 110
15 Points

Composition 1

Foundational studies in music composition and sonic arts. Modular content includes: rhythm and meter, melody and harmony, structure and gesture, time and meter, synthesis and notation and repertoire study. Students may complete Composition 1 and Composition 2 in any order.

MUS 111
15 Points

Composition 2

Foundational studies in music composition and sonic arts. Modular content includes: rhythm and form, timbre and texture, aesthetics and function, style and idea, material and manipulation, creative planning and processes and the composer in society. Students may complete Composition 1 and Composition 2 in any order.

MUS 120
15 Points

Performance 1

Individual lessons and performance classes on an approved instrument or voice. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).

Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval

MUS 121
15 Points

Performance 2

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 120. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements.)

Prerequisite: MUS 120

MUS 130
15 Points

Introduction to Music Production

A survey of the production technology available to assist musicians, and an introduction to modern music production. Topics include: Modern DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) functionality, MIDI and audio recording/editing, synthesis, and multi-track mixing.

Restriction: MUS 119

MUS 143
15 Points

Contemporary Music Culture

An introductory overview of today’s diverse musical culture. Explores contemporary trends in so-called ‘classical’ music, jazz, production and popular genres, as well as the impact of technological innovation (sound recording, film, social media) on our day-to-day musical activities. Emphasis is placed on creative practice in music and the performing arts.

MUS 144G
15 Points

Turning-points in Western Music

A study of significant people, major discoveries and inventions, and key factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were important agents of change in Western music. No previous knowledge of music is assumed.

MUS 145
15 Points

Western Music Across the Centuries

A comprehensive overview of the enormously rich repertory of Western music, from the beginnings of a literate tradition, through the classical giants, to the present day.

MUS 149
15 Points

MUS 149G
15 Points

Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

An introduction to New Zealand’s home-grown popular music, from the 1950s to the present day. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored.

MUS 162
15 Points

Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning

A conceptual and practical introduction to music teaching and learning in its various forms and contexts. A survey of the field including studio pedagogy, music education methods, school music, community music, lesson planning, composition and improvisation pedagogy, and foundational knowledge of music teaching and learning.

Restriction: MUS 160

MUS 170
15 Points

Jazz Performance 1

The development of instrumental technique and improvisational skills though in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant musical analysis. This course prepares students who major in Jazz Performance and includes 1:1 tuition and group based improvisation classes.

Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval.

Corequisite: MUS 197

MUS 171
15 Points

Jazz Performance 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 170.

Prerequisite: MUS 170 or JAZZ 101 and 107

MUS 174
15 Points

Jazz Theory and Musicianship 1

An introduction to jazz theory and musicianship skills including aural and harmony.

Corequisite: MUS 104

MUS 180
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 1

Exploration of ideas and processes in the creation and presentation of popular music through workshops, seminars and group discussion. Students will write songs, compose music, use music recording and production techniques and present aspects of their coursework in live performance.

Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval

MUS 181
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 2

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 180.

Prerequisite: MUS 180

MUS 188
15 Points

Making Words Sing: The Art and Soul of Songwriting

A widescreen survey of contemporary songwriting, its various origins, directions, themes and principles with specific reference to the work, styles and lyrical techniques of prominent songwriters from the past half century. Songwriting from English music hall, through the Beatles and Bob Dylan to contemporary singer-songwriters and today's hip-hop stars.

MUS 190
15 Points

MUS 190A
7.5 Points

MUS 190B
7.5 Points

Auxiliary Performance Study 1

Individual tuition on an approved instrument or voice. Suited for a practical component for Music Studies or Composition students or as an approved instrument for Classical, Jazz or Popular Music students.

Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 190 A and B, or MUS 190

MUS 191
15 Points

MUS 191A
7.5 Points

MUS 191B
7.5 Points

Classical Ensembles 1

The development of performance skills through ensemble work including chamber music, string orchestra, wind orchestra, flute choir, contemporary ensembles and other combinations.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 191 A and B, or MUS 191

MUS 192A
7.5 Points

MUS 192B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Instrumentalists 1

The development of a range of instrumental performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental studio including collaborative piano, repertoire studies, ensemble techniques, basic pedagogy, keyboard skills, accompanying and other applications.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 192 A and B

MUS 193A
7.5 Points

MUS 193B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Singers 1

The introduction of vocal practices that help voice students develop and sustain a professional career. This course aims to give students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to develop and maintain vocal health in diverse performing contexts.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 193 A and B

MUS 194
15 Points

MUS 194A
7.5 Points

MUS 194B
7.5 Points

Historical Performance 1

Practical studies in historical performance on an approved instrument or voice.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 194 A and B, or MUS 194

MUS 195
15 Points

MUS 195A
7.5 Points

MUS 195B
7.5 Points

Popular Music Ensembles 1

The development of performance skills through ensemble work in popular music

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 195 A and B, or MUS 195

MUS 196A
7.5 Points

MUS 196B
7.5 Points

Popular Music Performance 1

The development of instrumental technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and the relevant musical analyses of set works. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 instrumental tuition and group-based classes and/or workshops.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval, audition required

Restriction: MUS 182, 183

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 196 A and B

MUS 197A
7.5 Points

MUS 197B
7.5 Points

Jazz Ensembles 1

The application of instrumental and improvisational techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretive and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles.

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 197 A and B

Stage II

MUS 202
15 Points

Materials of Music 4

Continuation of work begun in MUS 201, including the study of harmony and analysis, aural skills and musicianship.

Prerequisite: MUS 201

MUS 203
15 Points

Classical Theory and Musicianship 1

Continuation of work begun in MUS 104 on music theory, aural skills and musicianship. Includes a choral component.

Prerequisite: MUS 104

MUS 204
15 Points

Classical Theory and Musicianship 2

Continuation of work in MUS 203 on music theory, aural skills and musicianship. Includes a choral component.

Prerequisite: MUS 203

MUS 205
15 Points

Classical Theory and Musicianship 3

Continuation of work in MUS 204 on music theory, aural skills and musicianship. Includes a choral component.

Prerequisite: MUS 204

MUS 206
15 Points

Conducting 1

The study of conducting including listening to and writing about a wide variety of music from all historical periods. The practical component of this course concentrates on posture, patterns and gesture. Studies include examples from choral and orchestral repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUS 106

MUS 207
15 Points

Conducting 2

An introduction to rehearsal planning and management, baton technique, the development of conducting gesture, and advanced score preparation. Repertoire includes classical symphonies, a cappella repertoire and a selection of choral/orchestral works.

Prerequisite: MUS 206

MUS 210
15 Points

Composition 3

Applied concepts and techniques in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts. Students will develop original creative ideas through experimentation with both notational and sound-based approaches to composing, the study of relevant repertoire and the realisation of a portfolio of works for mixed resources that may include solo instruments, voices, small ensembles, found objects/sounds, loudspeakers and visual media. Liaison with performers both within and outside the class is important.

Prerequisite: MUS 110, 111

MUS 211
15 Points

Composition 4

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 210.

Prerequisite: MUS 210

MUS 214
15 Points

Instrumentation

The study of instrumentation including ranges, characteristics and technical aspects of writing, scoring and arranging for strings, wind, brass and percussion will be introduced together with a study of repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUS 101 or 104

MUS 220
15 Points

Performance 3

Further performance work, involving weekly individual lessons and performance classes. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).

Prerequisite: MUS 121

Restriction: MUSIC 220

MUS 221
15 Points

Performance 4

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 220. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).

Prerequisite: MUS 220

MUS 224
15 Points

Exploring Historical Performance

Academic study of the resources, instruments, techniques, and stylistic conventions relevant to the performance of music from Renaissance to modern times, with an emphasis on works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students consider the role that an awareness of historical factors can play in contemporary performance, and gain understanding of some of the key debates surrounding historically informed performance.

Prerequisite: MUS 143

MUS 230
15 Points

Music Production 1

A study of the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to engage in music production through everyday technologies. An emphasis on production in the home/project studio environment, and for developing producers and songwriters. Topics include: microphone types, patterns and configurations; simple vocal and instrumental recording; synthesis; production techniques; and mixing using modern DAWs.

Prerequisite: MUS 119 or 130

Restriction: MUS 219

MUS 231
15 Points

Music Production 2

A study of industry-standard studio recording and production techniques supported by practical studio-based exercises. Topics may include: multi-channel recording and editing, band and ensemble recording, analogue and digital production, synthesis, mixing and mastering.

Prerequisite: MUS 230

Restriction: MUS 219

MUS 243
15 Points

Music in Society

The study of music in society using a wide-angled lens to explore how it can be intertwined with issues of politics, gender, religion, race, psychology, memory and space. Examples will take in a variety of musical phenomena from diverse genres (pop, jazz, classical, modern, opera, etc.)

Prerequisite: MUS 143

MUS 245
15 Points

History, Music and Ideas: Rethinking the Classical Canon

Raises issues specific to classical music in one or more concentrated historical periods. Students will get to know a designated repertoire of musical works, whilst exploring critical topics such as periodisation, canon formation and reception history.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176

Restriction: MUS 240, 345

MUS 246
15 Points

Experimental Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Tracks definitions and developments in ‘experimental’ music since the early twentieth century. Concepts of modernism and postmodernism as related to musical composition, performance and listening are the central focus.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176

Restriction: MUS 346

MUS 247
15 Points

Genre and Convention in Instrumental Music

Explores the complexities of musical style, aesthetics and reception as related to one or more instrumental genres (such as the symphony, the string-quartet or piano prelude) and related conventions.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176

Restriction: MUS 347

MUS 248
15 Points

Music on Stage and Screen

Considers the role of music in one or more of the dramatic arts – opera, musical, ballet, modern dance, film – in any given historical period. Offers opportunity to study specific repertoire in some detail, as well as to investigate music’s contribution to dramatic spectacle, characterisation, narrative and non-narrative structures.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145 or 176

Restriction: MUS 242, 348

MUS 258
15 Points

Special Topic: Music Computing

An introduction to the study and use of computers to perform, compose, notate, and analyse music. Topics include: creation of computer-generated music (sound design, algorithmic music, machine learning, generative art), creation of new technologies for music performance (e.g., musical interfaces and installations, mobile apps), computational musicology, study of software for notation and education.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Music or Departmental Approval

MUS 259
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music

MUS 262
15 Points

Music Psychology and Development

An initial exploration of music psychology research including music therapy research, neuroscience, neuropsychology and music psychology. Examines the development of musical skills through life with an emphasis on community and pedagogical applications.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music

MUS 265
15 Points

Crafting a Portfolio Career in Music

A study of music career profiles with an emphasis on self-management, performance careers, pedagogical careers, technology, music marketing and distribution, legal issues, entrepreneurship and project leadership in the community. Students will reflect on their own development and devise a project plan for implementation.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music

MUS 270
15 Points

Jazz Performance 3

The development of instrumental technique and improvisational skills though in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant musical analysis. This course prepares students who major in Jazz Performance and includes 1:1 tuition and group based improvisation classes.

Prerequisite: MUS 171

MUS 271
15 Points

Jazz Performance 4

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 270.

Prerequisite: MUS 270

MUS 274
15 Points

Jazz Theory and Musicianship 2

An exploration of more advanced jazz theory and musicianship skills including aural and harmony. Coursework prepares students for the implementation of fundamental written theoretical skills. This course also includes a keyboard tutorial.

Prerequisite: MUS 174

MUS 275
15 Points

Jazz Composition and Arranging 1

Composition and arranging in the jazz idiom exploring small ensemble and big band contexts. Scoring, voicing concepts and sectional writing that assist students in the development of a portfolio of work.

Prerequisite: MUS 274

MUS 276
15 Points

Jazz History

A critical examination of musical styles, performers, cultural and industrial contexts surrounding jazz musics from the mid-nineteenth century, including ragtime, through New Orleans, swing, be-bop, cool, free, third-stream and post-bop. An in-depth study of primary exponents of various styles.

Prerequisite: 30 points passed in Music

Restriction: MUS 176

MUS 277
15 Points

Jazz Project 2

Participation and development of pertinent skills towards the completion of a collaborative jazz music project.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 280
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 3

Specific exploration and the continued development of ideas and processes in the creation and presentation of popular music through workshops, seminars and group discussion. Students will write songs, complete arrangement exercises, use music recording and production techniques and present aspects of their coursework in live performance.

Prerequisite: MUS 181 and 182 or 196

MUS 281
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 4

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 280.

Prerequisite: MUS 280, 284

MUS 282
15 Points

Popular Music Vocal Performance

The development of vocal technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of vocal production techniques pertinent to contemporary popular music vocal performance. The emphasis is on the development of practices to enhance the performance of original songs written by the students.

Prerequisite: MUS 183 or 196

MUS 283
15 Points

Popular Music Performance 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 196. This course prepares students who specialise in Popular Music with 1:1 instrumental tuition and group-based classes. The emphasis is on the development of techniques and skills to enhance the performance of original songs written by the students.

Prerequisite: MUS 183 or 196

Restriction: JAZZ 232

MUS 284
15 Points

Popular Music Theory and Musicianship 1

Training in practical musicianship and contemporary music writing skills pertinent to a popular music practitioner. Continued development of aural recognition skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 104 or 185

MUS 287
15 Points

Popular Music Theory and Musicianship 2

Further training in practical musicianship and contemporary music writing skills pertinent to a popular music practitioner. Continued development of aural recognition skills with an emphasis on musical analysis skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 284

Restriction: MUS 285

MUS 290
15 Points

MUS 290A
7.5 Points

MUS 290B
7.5 Points

Auxiliary Performance Study 2

Individual tuition on an approved instrument or voice. Suited for a practical component for Music Studies or Composition students or as an approved instrument for Classical, Jazz or Popular Music students.

Prerequisite: MUS 190 or an audition and Departmental approval.

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 290 A and B, or MUS 290

MUS 291A
7.5 Points

MUS 291B
7.5 Points

Classical Ensembles 2

The development of performance skills through ensemble work including chamber music, string orchestra, wind orchestra, flute choir, contemporary ensembles and other combinations.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 291 A and B

MUS 292A
7.5 Points

MUS 292B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Instrumentalists 2

The development of a range of instrumental performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental studio including collaborative piano, repertoire studies, ensemble techniques, basic pedagogy, keyboard skills, accompanying and other applications.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 292 A and B

MUS 293A
7.5 Points

MUS 293B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Singers 2

Further development of vocal practices that help voice students develop and sustain a professional career. This course aims to give students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to develop and maintain vocal health in diverse performing contexts.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 293 A and B

MUS 294
15 Points

MUS 294A
7.5 Points

MUS 294B
7.5 Points

Historical Performance 2

Practical studies in historical performance on an approved instrument or voice.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 294 A and B, or MUS 294

MUS 295
15 Points

MUS 295A
7.5 Points

MUS 295B
7.5 Points

Popular Music Ensembles 2

The development of performance skills through ensemble work in popular music.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 295 A and B, or MUS 295

MUS 296
15 Points

Popular Music Performance Repertoire 1

Vocal or instrumental 1:1 tuition to develop performance skills for a range of popular music repertoire. Students will study set works, investigate a range of solo and ensemble contexts and advance their knowledge of expressive and interpretative performance techniques.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 297A
7.5 Points

MUS 297B
7.5 Points

Jazz Ensembles 2

The application of instrumental and improvisational techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretative and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles.

Prerequisite: MUS 197 or Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 297 A and B

Stage III

MUS 306
15 Points

Conducting 3

Opportunities to conduct a variety of ensemble situations including instrumental, choral/vocal, keyboard and voice, large choral ensemble, recitative and aria, and instrumental ensemble. A keyboard component develops skills needed for score preparation and rehearsals.

Prerequisite: MUS 207

MUS 307
15 Points

Choral and Orchestral Repertoire

The development of analytical skills and knowledge about choral and orchestral repertoire through listening, research, examination of genre and style, and relevant performance practice. Includes studies of selected large-scale and smaller musical works.

Prerequisite: MUS 306, or 30 points from Stage II in Music and Departmental approval

MUS 310
15 Points

Composition 5

Facilitation of the creative process in individual student composers. Key concepts and techniques in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts will be developed and refined through the completion of projects as negotiated with supervisors. Each project will incorporate relevant technical exercises together with a study of influential composers and their methods. The end-of-semester portfolio may include works for solo instrument, voice, small and large ensemble, and sonic arts genres including multichannel acousmatic music and performance-based sonic art.

Prerequisite: MUS 211

MUS 311
15 Points

Composition 6

A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 310.

Prerequisite: MUS 310

MUS 314
15 Points

Orchestration

A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 214. Studies will be broadened to include a stronger emphasis on orchestration, including technique and repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUS 214

MUS 315
15 Points

Sonic Arts

An examination of compositional concepts and techniques relating to acousmatic music and performance-based sonic art. Topics will be investigated through engagement in individually negotiated creative projects supported with technical exercises and a review of relevant repertoire and literature.

Prerequisite: MUS 211 or 219

MUS 320
15 Points

Performance 5

Further performance work, involving weekly individual lessons and performance classes. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).

Prerequisite: MUS 221

MUS 321
15 Points

Performance 6

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 320.

Prerequisite: MUS 320

MUS 322
15 Points

Performance Skills 4

Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.

Prerequisite: MUS 223

MUS 323
15 Points

Performance Skills 5

Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.

Prerequisite: MUS 322

MUS 324
15 Points

Advanced Studies in Performance Practice

Studies in aspects of historical performance practice, using eighteenth century treatises as well as secondary sources. Exploration of topics including rhetoric, gesture, baroque dance, ornamentation and articulation patterns. Study of an historic instrument may be available as an elective within this course.

Prerequisite: MUS 224

MUS 330
15 Points

Music Production 3

Instruction in the use of the School of Music's professional-level multichannel recording studios supported by practical exercises in popular music production. Topics include: vocal, guitar, and drum recording; synthesis; industry-standard production techniques; and mastering. Coursework will require coordination with performers both within and outside the class.

Prerequisite: MUS 219 or 231

Restriction: MUS 318

MUS 331
15 Points

Music Production 4

A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 330 including collaborative projects that concentrate on the production of a popular music 'single', including the professional and legal issues associated with high-level studio production. Coursework will require coordination with performers both within and outside the class.

Prerequisite: MUS 318 or 330

Restriction: MUS 319

MUS 332
15 Points

Music Production Project 1

An advanced music production and engineering research project, in which an investigation into professional, technological and industrial issues is conducted through practical experience in a professional setting.

Prerequisite: MUS 219 or 231

Restriction: MUS 355

MUS 333
15 Points

Music Production Project 2

An advanced music production and engineering research project, in which an investigation into professional, technological and industrial issues is conducted through practical experience in a professional setting.

Prerequisite: MUS 219 or 330

Restriction: MUS 356

MUS 334
15 Points

Sound Design for Film and Video Games

A survey of aesthetic theory, repertoire and techniques associated with the industry practice for composing soundtracks for film and video games.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 211, 219, 230

Restriction: MUS 313

MUS 340
15 Points

Sound, Style and Syntax

A study and in-depth analysis of repertoire from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 and 201, or 143 and 204

MUS 343
15 Points

Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

A focused profile of the development of music in Aotearoa New Zealand, concentrating on the issue of cultural identity and the contexts of music composition and performance across classical genres, jazz and pop, contemporary and traditional Māori music (including taonga pūoro), and music from Asia and the Pacific region.

Prerequisite: MUS 243 or 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 345
15 Points

History, Music and Ideas: Rethinking the Classical Canon

Raises issues specific to classical music in one or more concentrated historical periods. Students will get to know in some detail a designated repertoire of musical works, whilst exploring critical topics such as periodisation, canon formation and reception history.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

Restriction: MUS 240, 245

MUS 346
15 Points

Experimental Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Tracks definitions and developments in ‘experimental’ music since the early twentieth century. Concepts of modernism and postmodernism as related to musical composition, performance and listening are the central focus.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145, and 30 points from Stage II in Music

Restriction: MUS 246

MUS 347
15 Points

Genre and Convention in Instrumental Music

Explores the complexities of musical style, aesthetics and reception as related to one or more instrumental genres (such as the symphony, the string-quartet or piano prelude) and related conventions.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145, and 30 points from Stage II in Music

Restriction: MUS 247

MUS 348
15 Points

Music on Stage and Screen

Considers the role of music in one or more of the dramatic arts – opera, musical, ballet, modern dance, film – in any given historical period. Offers opportunity to study specific repertoire in some detail, as well as to investigate music’s contribution to dramatic spectacle, characterisation, narrative and non-narrative structures.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or 143 or 145, and 30 points from Stage II in Music

Restriction: MUS 242, 248

MUS 349
15 Points

Topic in World Music

An intensive performance-based course that focuses on a specific regional musical tradition.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 355
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 356
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 357
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 358
15 Points

Special Topic: Musical Interface Design

Design, craft, and development of new technologies for music performance. Students will develop skills required to engage in the creation of interactive installations, digital musical instruments, augmented instruments, and mobile apps. Topics include: theory and practice of musical interface design, audio programming, converting body gestures into sound via digital mapping.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music or Departmental approval

MUS 359
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 362
15 Points

Pedagogical Approaches for the School and Studio

An investigation into practical knowledge about music teaching and learning drawing from teacher experiences, pedagogical research, established music education methods, studio pedagogy and music classroom contexts. Students explore a range of music teaching scenarios and focus on specific areas of professional interest. This is a key preparatory course for postgraduate pedagogical study in studio pedagogy or school music teaching.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 363
15 Points

Music and Community Engagement

An initial study of community music ranging from semi-professional music organisations and groups through to community music activities that emphasise access, participation and inclusion. An examination of the health and community benefits of music activity including healthy ageing, early development, and youth and mental health. The role of the community musician is also considered.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 365
15 Points

Music Industry and Business

An overview of the music industry including music production, distribution and reception, music marketing and music project management. An examination of business practices in music including developing and managing events, tours, promotion, the Internet, the role of digital media, organising events and festivals and setting up successful pedagogical studios.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 367
15 Points

Musicians’ Health

An examination of the critical physical and psychological health issues musicians encounter when preparing for performances and when performing. Topics include aspects of musculoskeletal health, focal dystonia, the protection of the voice and hearing, the role of movement disciplines and the management of stress and music performance anxiety.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

Restriction: MUS 344

MUS 370
15 Points

Jazz Performance 5

The development of advanced instrumental technique and improvisational skills though in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant musical analysis. This course prepares students who major in Jazz Performance and includes 1:1 tuition and group based improvisation classes.

Prerequisite: MUS 271

MUS 371
15 Points

Jazz Performance 6

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 370 along with ensemble performances. Students prepare for a 50-minute public recital of their original arrangements, compositions and improvisations.

Prerequisite: MUS 370

MUS 372
15 Points

Jazz Ensembles 5

The application of instrumental and improvisational techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretive and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles. Students are placed by audition into a small group combo and a large group.

Prerequisite: MUS 273

MUS 375
15 Points

Jazz Composition and Arranging 2

Composition and arranging in the jazz idiom exploring small ensemble and big band contexts. Scoring, voicing concepts and sectional writing that assist students in the development of a portfolio of work.

Prerequisite: MUS 275

MUS 376
15 Points

Jazz Research

The preparation and presentation of essays and practical seminars on a performer or period of stylistic development related to principal instrument or major study.

Prerequisite: MUS 176 or 276

MUS 377
15 Points

Jazz Project

Participation and development of pertinent skills towards the completion of a collaborative jazz music project.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 380
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 5

More advanced exploration and the continued development of ideas and processes in the creation and presentation of popular music through workshops, seminars and group discussion. Students will write songs, compose music, use music recording and production techniques and present aspects of their coursework in live performance.

Prerequisite: MUS 281

MUS 381
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 6

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 380.

Prerequisite: MUS 380

MUS 382
15 Points

Popular Music Performance 3

Development of advanced performance techniques through 1:1 studio lessons. Students will further develop skills in sight-reading and their knowledge of expressive and interpretative performance skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 282 or 283

MUS 383
15 Points

Popular Music Recording and Production

A project-based course for Popular Music majors that involves students recording and producing their own work using performance, arranging and technology skills. Students also learn how to plan and manage their own recording and production project.

Prerequisite: MUS 380

Restriction: JAZZ 332

MUS 387
15 Points

The Beatles and Bob Dylan

An investigation of the music, attitudes and public personae of Bob Dylan and the Beatles and how it changed and challenged the musical and socio-political cultures of the United States of America and Britain – and by extension the world. The music is studied alongside other contextual developments in the 1960s including the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and the counterculture, the power of youth as a driving commercial and artistic force, and the rapid emergence of musicians as spokespeople for a generation.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music or Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice, or 15 points from ANTHRO 202, 217, 225, or 234

MUS 389
15 Points

Topics in Popular Music Studies

Selected topics that address key issues informing the creation and performance of Popular Music and its reception.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 390
15 Points

MUS 390A
7.5 Points

MUS 390B
7.5 Points

Auxiliary Performance Study 3

Individual tuition on an approved instrument or voice. Suited for a practical component for Music Studies or Composition students or as an approved instrument for Classical, Jazz or Popular Music students.

Prerequisite: MUS 290 and audition and Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 390 A and B, or MUS 390

MUS 391A
7.5 Points

MUS 391B
7.5 Points

Classical Ensembles 3

The development of performance skills through ensemble work including chamber music, string orchestra, wind orchestra, flute choir, contemporary ensembles and other combinations.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 391 A and B

MUS 392A
7.5 Points

MUS 392B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Instrumentalists 3

The development of a range of instrumental performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental studio including collaborative piano, repertoire studies, ensemble techniques, basic pedagogy, keyboard skills, accompanying and other applications.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 392 A and B

MUS 393A
7.5 Points

MUS 393B
7.5 Points

Performance Skills for Singers 3

The development of advanced vocal practices that help students develop and sustain a professional career. This course aims to give students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to develop and maintain vocal health in diverse performing contexts.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 393 A and B

MUS 394
15 Points

MUS 394A
7.5 Points

MUS 394B
7.5 Points

Historical Performance 3

Practical studies in historical performance on an approved instrument or voice.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 394 A and B, or MUS 394

MUS 395
15 Points

MUS 395A
7.5 Points

MUS 395B
7.5 Points

Popular Music Ensembles 3

The development of performance skills through ensemble work in popular music.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 395 A and B, or MUS 395

MUS 396
15 Points

Popular Music Performance Repertoire 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 296. Students undertake 1:1 tuition to study more advanced repertoire, and learn transcription, sight-reading and ensemble performance skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 296

MUS 397A
7.5 Points

MUS 397B
7.5 Points

Jazz Ensembles 3

The application of instrumental and improvisational techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretative and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles.

Prerequisite: MUS 297 or Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 397 A and B

Diploma Courses

MUS 620A
30 Points

MUS 620B
30 Points

Performance Studies and Recital

Advanced work in all aspects of solo performance. Relevant ensemble work, including orchestral rehearsals and performance, may be required. Preparation for and performance of a public recital.

Prerequisite: At least a B- grade in MUS 321 or MUSIC 321 and Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 620 A and B

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

MUS 701
15 Points

Advanced Analysis

Develops advanced analytical research skills, focusing on one or more specific repertoires and/or analytical techniques (such as voice-leading analysis, schemata, topics, set theory, metrical analysis or form-functional analysis).

Prerequisite: MUS 340 or 342 or MUSIC 301

Restriction: MUSIC 701

MUS 702
15 Points

Music Internship 1

An internship with an industry or education partner in music performance, technology, administration, or pedagogy.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 703
15 Points

Music Internship 2

An intensive interface-based course that focuses on advanced theories and practice of music production and computer music.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 707
30 Points

Research and Practice in Conducting

The development of advanced conducting skills and techniques in a variety of ensemble situations including instrumental and choral/vocal. Includes research into score preparation and rehearsal skill development.

Prerequisite: MUS 306

MUS 710
30 Points

Composition Research Portfolio

Though individually negotiated creative projects and supporting studies in instrumental/vocal composition or sonic arts, students deliver an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions, wherein skills are refined through targeted research in notational and/or sonic techniques, repertoire study and critical thinking. To take supporting studies in both sonic arts and instrumental composition students should enrol in the corresponding elective MUS 714 or 715.

Prerequisite:MUS 311 or 315

MUS 711
30 Points

Composition Research Project - Level 9

A customised creative project in instrumental/vocal composition and/or sonic arts realised through an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 710, 770, 780

MUS 714
15 Points

Advanced Orchestration

Advanced orchestration and instrumentation, including contemporary instrumental and vocal techniques, with practical scoring exercises. Composition students are expected to write some original music in this course.

Prerequisite: MUS 314

MUS 715
15 Points

Advanced Sonic Arts

Examination of a wide range of advanced sound-based compositional techniques including multichannel acousmatic music, live sonic arts, algorithmic music, sonic art in the natural environment, visual music and interactive installation.

Prerequisite: MUS 315

MUS 720
30 Points

Classical Performance Research

Creative research in aspects of solo performance. Relevant ensemble work, including orchestral rehearsals and performance, may be required.

Prerequisite: MUS 321 or 307 or Departmental approval

MUS 722
15 Points

Advanced Ensemble Performance 1

Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 321, 371, 391, 397

MUS 723
15 Points

Advanced Ensemble Performance 2

Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.

Prerequisite: MUS 722

MUS 724
30 Points

Studio Pedagogy Research and Practice

The study of pedagogy theory and practice applicable to the studio or school context. A range of topics is explored including instrumental technique, repertoire, health and well-being and pedagogical methods.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 321, 371, 382

MUS 726
15 Points

Aspects of Performance Practice

Selected research for discussion and investigation from the field of Performance Practice and its documentation. The study of source materials; individual projects; performance and/or teaching and direction of music from the area studied.

Prerequisite: MUS 224 or 324 or MUSIC 251 or 351 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 751

MUS 727
15 Points

Advanced Auxiliary Performance 1

Advanced tuition on an approved instrument or voice suitable for a practical component to complement a student’s other music study.

Prerequisite: MUS 290 or 390

MUS 728
15 Points

Advanced Auxiliary Performance 2 - Level 9

Further advanced tuition on an approved instrument or voice suitable for a practical component to complement a student’s other music study.

Prerequisite: MUS 727

MUS 729
30 Points

Music Performance Research Project - Level 9

A customised performance project incorporating solo performance, conducting, relevant ensemble work, improvisational skills, presentation of original work and the application of advanced instrumental techniques, as appropriate.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 707, 720, 770, 780

MUS 735
15 Points

Advanced Studies in Music Production and Technology

An intensive interface-based course that focuses on advanced theories and practice of music production and computer music.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 258, 315, 330-334, 358, 383

MUS 736
15 Points

Creative Studies in Music Production

The development of advanced creative and technological skills leading to computer-based creative practice.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 315, 330-334, 383

MUS 737
30 Points

Music Technology Research

Advanced technical, creative, practical and theoretical training in music technology-related disciplines including: general music technology, technology in music education, performance and technology, computer music, musical interface design, music and AI, sound design for games and film, sound recording, live sound and music production.

15 points from MUS 258, 315, 330-334, 358, 383

MUS 738
30 Points

Creative Practice Research Project - Level 9

A customised creative practice project employing a combination of performance, composition and/or production modes.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 710, 720, 737, 770, 780

MUS 742
30 Points

Research Project in Musicology - Level 9

An independent course in musicological research.

Prerequisite: MUS 743

MUS 743
15 Points

Advanced Music Research - Level 9

A critical exploration of advanced concepts and methods for music research, including historical, qualitative, indigenous and practice-led approaches suited to the advanced study of Music. Students develop, apply and critique knowledge of traditional and cutting-edge qualitative methods to design an independent research project for their chosen research topic and to write a substantial research essay.

Restriction: MUS 741

MUS 744
15 Points

Musicians’ Health and Well-being

An advanced examination of the critical physical and psychological health issues musicians encounter when preparing for performances and when performing. Topics include aspects of musculoskeletal health, focal dystonia, the protection of the voice and hearing, the role of movement disciplines and the management of stress and music performance anxiety. An inquiry into research from both science and arts disciplines that informs how musicians maintain physical and psychological well-being.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: MUS 344

MUS 747
30 Points

Research in Musicology

An overview of the discipline of musicology, its principal concepts and associated methods of research. Students consider key texts from the scholarly literature and musicological viewpoints and perspectives. This course also develops advanced writing skills.

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 340, 345-348

MUS 748
15 Points

Conducting Repertoire and Pedagogy

An overview of conducting literature and pedagogical skills for the rehearsal, the concert platform and music education contexts. The course includes analysis, score preparation, practical sessions and requires attendance at designated rehearsals and performances.

Prerequisite: MUS 206 or MUSIC 206

Restriction: MUSIC 348

MUS 749
15 Points

Topic in World Music

An intensive performance-based course that focuses on a specific regional musical tradition.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: MUS 349

MUS 750
15 Points

Performance Research Project

A supervised course of advanced music performance research culminating in a performance and associated written material.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 751
15 Points

Performance Research Project

A supervised course of advanced music performance research culminating in a performance and associated written material.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 752
15 Points

Research Project - Level 9

A supervised course of musicological or music education research.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 753
15 Points

Research Project - Level 9

A supervised course of musicological or music education research.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 754
15 Points

Directed Study in Historical Musicology

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 340, 345-348

MUS 755
15 Points

Directed Study in Contemporary Musicology

Prerequisite: 15 points from MUS 340, 345-348

MUS 756
15 Points

Directed Study in Music Studies

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music

MUS 757
15 Points

Special Topic: Studies in Historical Musicology

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 758
15 Points

Special Topic: Vocal Pedagogy Project

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 759
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 760
15 Points

Themes in Music Education Research

A survey of pedagogical research themes and applications in music education, studio pedagogy and community music.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music

MUS 762
15 Points

Approaches to Music Education 1

A detailed examination of the practices and concepts in a selected music education approach or method.

MUS 763
15 Points

Approaches to Music Education 2

Further examination of the practices and concepts in a selected music education approach or method.

Prerequisite: MUS 762

MUS 764
15 Points

Approaches to Community Music

An examination of community music approaches outside formal settings including singing, instrumental, cultural and technological contexts.

MUS 765
15 Points

Music Entrepreneurship

An advanced examination of entrepreneurial and business skills for the musician and creative practitioner. Includes the development of specialised technological skills, case studies and innovative approaches to music marketing, arts and cultural engagement, education and music career development.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Music

MUS 767
30 Points

Music Education Research and Practice

A review of current music education, community music and studio pedagogy research along with the application of practical teaching and workshop techniques and methods relevant for school and community contexts.

Prerequisite: MUS 360 or 362 or 363

MUS 768
30 Points

Community Music Research Project - Level 9

Music community and/or pedagogy music research project. Includes fieldwork in music industry, community, school, or studio contexts and a research report.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MUS 707, 724, 767

MUS 770
30 Points

Jazz Performance Research

Practical research in instrumental technique leading to the development of advanced improvisational skills. Students prepare a recital reflecting the technical work undertaken in the semester. Students engage with practice through ensemble and 1:1 instruction.

Prerequisite: MUS 371 or JAZZ 302

MUS 772
15 Points

Jazz Composition and Arranging I

Jazz arranging and composition for mixed ensembles. Through the analysis and study of advanced compositional and orchestration techniques, students produce original research material for recorded portfolio. Students are encouraged to perform with a 'mentor' from the jazz faculty in the development of a creative process and individual style.

Prerequisite: MUS 376 or JAZZ 306

MUS 773
15 Points

Jazz Composition and Arranging II

A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 772 for a variety of ensembles.

Prerequisite: MUS 772

MUS 774
15 Points

Jazz Collaborative Project

Students undertake a research project combining compositional and performance elements from multiple genres: world music, classical, rock, for example, in a blend of contemporary influences. Students contribute original material and written documentation for a recorded portfolio.

Prerequisite: MUS 376 or JAZZ 306, and MUS 371 or JAZZ 302

MUS 780
30 Points

Popular Music Research

The development of advanced song writing and popular music composition skills. Students engage in an in-depth study of lyric writing, word setting, and compositional elements, compose a significant body of new songs and compositions, and produce a research portfolio of recordings and scores of these works.

Prerequisite: MUS 381 or Departmental approval

MUS 785A
30 Points

MUS 785B
60 Points

Research Portfolio - Level 9

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 785 A and B

MUS 786A
30 Points

MUS 786B
60 Points

Thesis - Level 9

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 786 A and B

MUS 790A
15 Points

MUS 790B
15 Points

Research Project - Level 9

A supervised course of musicological or music education research culminating in a dissertation.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 789

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 790 A and B

MUS 792A
60 Points

MUS 792B
60 Points

Performance Research Portfolio - Level 9

Prerequisite: MUS 721 or 771 or MUSIC 721, or MUSIC 722 and 723, or MUSIC 728

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 792 A and B

MUS 795A
60 Points

MUS 795B
60 Points

Composition Research Portfolio - Level 9

Prerequisite: MUS 710 or MUSIC 710

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 795 A and B

MUS 796A
60 Points

MUS 796B
60 Points

Thesis - Level 9

Prerequisite: MUS 740 or 741 or MUSIC 750

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 796 A and B

MUS 798A
60 Points

MUS 798B
60 Points

Studio Pedagogy Research Portfolio - Level 9

Prerequisite: MUS 725 or Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 798 A and B

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