Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Music

Stage I

MUS 100
15 Points

Basic Musical Techniques

An intensive overview of fundamental written skills in music, and practice in aural perception for the general interest student who has some rudimentary knowledge, and also for those wishing to bring their musical skills up to the level of entry to MUS 101.

Restriction: MUS 101, 174, 184

MUS 101
15 Points

Materials of Music 1

Develops the fundamental music theory and aural perception skills necessary to be an effective musician, including the study of basic theory, harmony and analysis, and aural skills and musicianship, including a choral performance project.

Prerequisite: MUS 100 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 101, 104

MUS 102
15 Points

Materials of Music 2

Continuation of work begun in MUS 101 in harmony and analysis, aural skills and musicianship.

Prerequisite: MUS 101

Restriction: MUSIC 105, 107

MUS 106
15 Points

Conducting

An introduction to the study of conducting which includes 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 will include examples from choral and orchestral repertoire.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required for non-BMus students

Restriction: MUSIC 106

MUS 110
15 Points

Composition 1

An introduction to concepts, craftsmanship and creativity in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts. Students will learn and apply skills through the completion of both notational and sound-based exercises, in-class analysis, discussion of relevant repertoire and the realisation of an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required for non-Composition major BMus students

MUS 111
15 Points

Composition 2

Continuation of work begun in MUS 110.

Prerequisite: MUS 110 or MUSIC 110

MUS 119
15 Points

Introduction to Music Technology

A survey of the technology available to assist musicians. Topics include: human-computer interfaces, computer notation, MIDI sequencing, audio recording, synthesis, sound editing, and multi-track mixing.

Restriction: MUSIC 109 or 183

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

Restriction: MUSIC 120, 124, 125, 129

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 or MUSIC 120

MUS 122
15 Points

Performance Skills 1

The 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: Departmental approval

Corequisite: MUS 121

MUS 127
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 128
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 140
15 Points

Writing About Music

Provides fundamental knowledge and experience in historical study and academic writing. Focusing on specific historical texts (articles, reviews, treatises), students will gain an understanding of the meaning and significance of music across history, learning how to write about this music with authority, conviction and specific detail.

Restriction: MUSIC 144

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.

Restriction: MUSIC 144, 144G

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.

Restriction: MUSIC 149, 149G

MUS 160
15 Points

Foundations of Music Education

A conceptual and practical foundation for ongoing work in music education. A survey of the field, the role of the music educator, practical musicianship, and foundational knowledge of music teaching and learning. The exploration of a range of pedagogical contexts. Students are asked to critically reflect on their own musicianship and music learning experiences.

Restriction: MUSED 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: Departmental approval

Corequisite: MUS 172

Restriction: JAZZ 101, 107

MUS 171
15 Points

Jazz Performance 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 170.

Prerequisite: MUS 170 or JAZZ 101 and 107

Restriction: JAZZ 102, 108

MUS 172
15 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. Students are placed by audition into a small group combo and a large group.

Corequisite: MUS 170

Restriction: JAZZ 111

MUS 173
15 Points

Jazz Ensembles 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 172.

Prerequisite: MUS 172 or JAZZ 101

Corequisite: MUS 171

Restriction: JAZZ 112

MUS 174
15 Points

Jazz Theory 1

An introduction to 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.

Restriction: MUSIC 101

MUS 175
15 Points

Jazz Theory 2

A continuation of 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 or MUSIC 101

Restriction: JAZZ 105

MUS 176
15 Points

Jazz History

The 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. In-depth study of primary exponents of various styles. Audio and visual materials are a major component of study.

Restriction: JAZZ 113

MUS 177
15 Points

Jazz Project 1

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

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

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: Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 180

MUS 181
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 2

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 180.

Prerequisite: MUS 180 or MUSIC 180, and MUS 184

Restriction: MUSIC 181

MUS 182
15 Points

Popular Music Instrumental Performance Skills 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. In addition, students will develop skills in improvisation, transcription and sight-reading. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 instrumental tuition and group based ensemble classes.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: JAZZ 131

MUS 183
15 Points

Popular Music Instrumental Skills 2

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 182.

Prerequisite: MUS 182 or JAZZ 131 or Departmental approval

Restriction: JAZZ 132

MUS 184
15 Points

Popular Music Theory and Aural 1

Training in practical musicianship and contemporary music writing skills pertinent to a popular music practitioner. Development of aural recognition skills with an emphasis on transcription and sight singing skills.

Restriction: MUSIC 101, JAZZ 105

MUS 185
15 Points

Popular Music Theory and Aural 2

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 184.

Prerequisite: MUS 184

Restriction: JAZZ 105

MUS 186
15 Points

Music Industry Studies

Practical perspectives for understanding the contemporary workings and practices of today's music industry. Enriched by guest speakers in key roles from relevant New Zealand music industry organisations and government agencies, this course is aimed at those interested in pursuing careers as musicians, managers, producers, in the media and with record labels and other music affiliates. Through student analysis and discussion, past and present business models are examined as the music industry responds to technological and sociological changes. Practical areas covered include: music promotion, publishing, copyright, management, distribution, radio, funding and record labels.

Restriction: MUSIC 182

MUS 187
15 Points

Popular Music Project 1

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

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

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.

Restriction: MUSIC 184

Stage II

MUS 201
15 Points

Materials of Music 3

Continuation of work begun in MUS 101 and 102 in the development of music theory and aural perception skills necessary to be an effective musician, including the study of harmony and analysis, and aural skills and musicianship, including a choral performance project.

Prerequisite: MUS 102; or MUSIC 102 and MUSIC 103; or MUSIC 105 and MUSIC 107

Restriction: MUSIC 200, 201, 202

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

Restriction: MUSIC 200

MUS 206
15 Points

Conducting

Continues on from year one and introduces baton technique, rehearsal planning and management, and advanced score preparation. Classical symphonies make up the repertoire for score preparation and some of the practical examples.

Prerequisite: MUS 106 or MUSIC 106 and Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 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 111 or MUSIC 111 and Departmental approval

MUS 211
15 Points

Composition 4

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 210.

Prerequisite: MUS 210 or MUSIC 210 and Departmental approval

MUS 214
15 Points

Orchestration 1

The study of the symphony orchestra, including the ranges and characteristics of the core instruments within its sections. Technical aspects of writing, scoring and arranging for string, wind, brass and orchestra will be introduced, together with a study of repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUS 102, or MUSIC 102 and 103, or MUSIC 105 and 107 and Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 214

MUS 215
15 Points

Electroacoustic Music Studies 1

Examination of a wide range of sound-based compositional techniques with a focus on stereo acousmatic music. Topics will be investigated through practice-led research methodology, supported with repertoire and literature studies.

Prerequisite: MUS 102, or MUSIC 102 and 103, or MUSIC 105 and 107 and Departmental approval

MUS 219
15 Points

Sound Recording and Production 1

A survey of sound recording and production techniques supported by practical studio-based exercises. Topics include: microphone types, patterns, and configurations; vocal and instrumental recording; band and ensemble recording; synthesis; postproduction techniques; and mastering. Coordination with performers both within and outside the class is important.

Prerequisite: MUS 119 or MUSIC 109 or POPMUS 103 or MUSIC 183 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 209, 283

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

Restriction: MUSIC 221

MUS 222
15 Points

Performance Skills 2

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 122

MUS 223
15 Points

Performance Skills 3

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 222

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 101 and MUS 140 or MUSIC 144

Restriction: MUSIC 251

MUS 227
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: MUS 128 or Departmental approval

MUS 228
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: MUS 227

MUS 240
15 Points

History, Music and Ideas

Case studies in historically-specific musical phenomena that engage music and significant strains of cultural influence. The emphasis is on Western music and culture.

Prerequisite: MUS 101 and MUS 140 or MUSIC 105 and 107 and 144

MUS 241
15 Points

Contemporary Musical Culture

Case studies in significant issues and developments within contemporary musical culture.

Prerequisite: MUS 101 and MUS 140 or MUSIC 105 and 107 and 144

MUS 242
15 Points

Music on Stage and Screen

A study of the central role played by music on stage and screen. Specific composers and set works will be chosen from a range of musical genres that includes opera, operetta, ballet, modern dance, the musical and narrative feature film. Historical knowledge is combined with creative interpretation of music’s essential dramatic function.

Prerequisite: MUS 101, 140

Restriction: MUS 258

MUS 258
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Music

MUS 259
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Music

MUS 260
15 Points

Critical Studies in Music Education

An exploration of critical and creative ideas related to the learning and teaching of music. The emphasis is on discovering theoretical, developmental and practical knowledge that enhances the music learning experience. An inquiry approach is taken where students study both set topics and chosen topics of interest.

Prerequisite: MUS 160 or MUSED 160

Restriction: MUSED 260

MUS 261
15 Points

Practical Pedagogy

A practical introduction to music pedagogy through audiation, singing and/or beginner instrumental and ensemble learning. Various pedagogical aspects are considered: planning and lesson design, repertoire, teaching methods and strategies, aural and technical development, learner attributes, and assessment and evaluation.

Prerequisite: MUS 160 or MUSED 160 or Departmental approval

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 or JAZZ 102 and 108 or 131

Restriction: JAZZ 201, 207

MUS 271
15 Points

Jazz Performance 4

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 270.

Prerequisite: MUS 270 or JAZZ 201 and 207

Restriction: JAZZ 202, 208

MUS 272
15 Points

Jazz Ensembles 3

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 173 or JAZZ 112

Corequisite: MUS 270

Restriction: JAZZ 211

MUS 273
15 Points

Jazz Ensembles 4

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 272.

Prerequisite: MUS 272 or JAZZ 211

Restriction: JAZZ 212

MUS 274
15 Points

Jazz Theory 3

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 175 or JAZZ 105 or MUSIC 101

Restriction: JAZZ 203

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 or JAZZ 203

Restriction: JAZZ 206

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 or MUSIC 181, and MUS 182 and 185

Restriction: MUSIC 280

MUS 281
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 4

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 280.

Prerequisite: MUS 280 or MUSIC 280, and MUS 284

Restriction: MUSIC 281

MUS 282
15 Points

Popular Music Vocal Performance Skills 1

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 will be on the development of practices to enhance the performance of original songs written by the students, as well at times techniques necessary to successfully perform songs written by others. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 vocal tuition and group based ensemble classes.

Prerequisite: MUS 183 or JAZZ 132 or MUSIC 124

Restriction: JAZZ 231

MUS 283
15 Points

Popular Music Instrumental Performance Skills 3

Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 183.

Prerequisite: MUS 183 or JAZZ 231

Restriction: JAZZ 232

MUS 284
15 Points

Popular Music Theory and Aural 3

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 transcription and sight singing skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 185 or MUSIC 101 or JAZZ 105

Restriction: MUSIC 289

MUS 285
15 Points

Popular Music Analysis

Musical analysis in the popular music idiom. Techniques of deconstructing music and text from a variety of musical styles in order to identify significant characteristics or trends in composition and lyric writing. A central focus of this study will be the interaction of composition, arrangement, text and instrumentation.

Prerequisite: MUS 284 or MUSIC 289

Restriction: MUSIC 287

MUS 286
15 Points

Music Industry Studies Project

An in-depth examination and discussion of the popular music industry focusing on areas pertinent to creative practitioners. Students will explore and analyse issues surrounding self-management, record labels, the World Wide Web, media, legal issues, copyright, promotion and artist management. Students will devise and plan a creative project including a project management plan.

Prerequisite: MUS 281 or MUSIC 182

Restriction: MUSIC 282

Stage III

MUS 306
15 Points

Conducting

Conducting at Stage III assumes a level of competency in gesture and baton technique. This course gives students the opportunity to engage with a variety of ensemble situations both instrumental and choral/vocal; keyboard and voice, large choral ensemble, recitative and aria, and instrumental ensemble. There is a modest keyboard component that works on the skills needed for score preparation and rehearsals.

Prerequisite: MUS 206 or MUSIC 206 and Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 306

MUS 307
15 Points

Choral Techniques

Provides students with an introduction to the choral techniques that a choral conductor will need in the profession. These include: keyboard score-reading skills, the vocal mechanism and pedagogy, IPA, the elements of good rehearsal practice and an overview of choral repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUS 306 or MUSIC 306 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 or MUSIC 211

Restriction: MUS 316, MUSIC 310

MUS 311
15 Points

Composition 6

A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 310.

Prerequisite: MUS 310 or MUSIC 310

Restriction: MUS 317, MUSIC 311

MUS 312
15 Points

Researched Composition Project

Individually negotiated research projects in which a particular topic in the field of musical composition will be researched through the study of relevant repertoire, scholarly writing and the preparation of a related creative work.

Prerequisite: MUS 211 or 217, MUSIC 211 or 217

MUS 313
15 Points

Sound Design

A survey of sound design techniques supported by practical studio-based exercises. Topics include: automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), sound effects recording (Foley), soundscape recording, three-dimensional sound modelling, computer-generated music, and psychoacoustics.

Prerequisite: MUS 216 or 219, or MUSIC 209 or 216 or 283

MUS 314
15 Points

Orchestration 2

A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 214. Studies will be broadened to include a stronger emphasis on contemporary orchestral techniques.

Prerequisite: MUS 214 or MUSIC 214

Restriction: MUSIC 215

MUS 315
15 Points

Electroacoustic Music Studies 2

A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 215. Examination of sound-based compositional techniques is broadened to include multichannel acousmatic music and performance-based sonic art. Topics will be investigated through practice-led research methodology, supported with repertoire and literature studies.

Prerequisite: MUS 215

MUS 318
15 Points

Sound Recording and Production 2

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

Prerequisite: MUS 219 or MUSIC 209

Restriction: MUSIC 383

MUS 319
15 Points

Sound Recording and Production 3

A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 318 including group projects that concentrate on the production of a popular music 'single'. Coursework will require coordination with performers both within and outside the class.

Prerequisite: MUS 318

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

Restriction: MUSIC 320

MUS 321
15 Points

Performance 6

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 320.

Prerequisite: MUS 320 or MUSIC 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

Restriction: MUSIC 351

MUS 327
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: MUS 228 or Departmental approval

MUS 328
15 Points

Music Project

Participation in a performance project involving any of the following: small instrumental and/or vocal ensemble, second instrument, choir, orchestra.

Prerequisite: MUS 327

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, MUS 201 or MUSIC 200

Restriction: MUSIC 301

MUS 341
15 Points

Topic in Musicology

A seminar-based course dealing with a specific area of research in Western music history.

Prerequisite: MUS 202 and 240 or 241, or 15 points from MUSIC 241-247

MUS 342
15 Points

Analytical Methods

A study of repertory focusing on the deployment of specific analytical techniques and working methods, such as voice-leading analysis, schemata, topics, metrical analysis or form-function analysis.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 and MUS 202 or MUSIC 200

Restriction: MUSIC 302

MUS 343
15 Points

Contemporary Art Music from Aotearoa New Zealand

An examination of contemporary art music from Aotearoa New Zealand, focusing on select composers and their works. Topics include the issue of cultural identity, the development of supporting organisations for the dissemination and performance of new music, the influence of New Zealand literature and art, of music from the Western classical canon, traditional Māori music (taonga pūoro), and music from Asia and the Pacific region.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 344
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

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 352
15 Points

Elective Study

A Music study as approved by the Head of Department.

MUS 353
15 Points

Elective Study

A Music study as approved by the Head of Department.

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

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 359
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music

MUS 360
15 Points

Music Education Research

Current research in the practice and theory of music education and an introduction to music education research methodologies. Students undertake fieldwork in a music education related area.

Prerequisite: MUS 260 or 261 or MUSED 260 or 261

Restriction: MUSED 360

MUS 361
15 Points

Practical Pedagogy Project

Pedagogical knowledge and skills for musicians considering practical music teaching as part of their portfolio career. Students undertake a practical music teaching project. Note: specific teaching contexts depend on teacher availability.

Prerequisite: MUS 261 or MUSED 261 or Departmental approval

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 or JAZZ 202 and JAZZ 208 or 231

Restriction: JAZZ 301, 307

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 or JAZZ 301 and 307

Restriction: JAZZ 302, 308

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 or JAZZ 212

Restriction: JAZZ 312

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 or JAZZ 206

Restriction: JAZZ 306

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

Corequisite: MUS 370 or 371

Restriction: JAZZ 313

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 219, 281 or MUSIC 209, 281

Restriction: POPMUS 300, MUSIC 380

MUS 381
15 Points

Creative Practice in Popular Music 6

Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 380.

Prerequisite: MUS 380 or MUSIC 380

Restriction: MUSIC 381

MUS 382
15 Points

Popular Music Instrumental Performance Skills 4

More advanced development of instrumental technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and the relevant musical analyses of set works. Students will arrange and compose for their instrument employing music recording and production techniques. In addition, students will develop skills in improvisation, transcription and sight reading. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 instrumental tuition and group based ensemble classes.

Prerequisite: MUS 282, 283

Restriction: JAZZ 331

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 388
15 Points

Invasion to Anarchy

Traces musical developments in British rock music from 1965-77, with a focus on images of American music reinterpreted by British writers and performers. Key British Invasion bands and the transformations of pop-inflected rock of the mid-sixties into late sixties rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock, glam and punk.

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

Restriction: MUSIC 385

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

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 710A
15 Points

MUS 710B
15 Points

Composition Research Portfolio

Facilitation of individually negotiated creative projects in instrumental/vocal composition and/or sonic arts. Students will develop refined compositional skills through research in advanced notational and/or sound-based techniques, the study of relevant repertoire, and the realisation of an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions. The portfolio may contain works for solo instrument, voice, small and large ensemble, orchestra, and/or sonic arts genres including multichannel acousmatic music, performance-based sonic art, visual music, and interactive installation.

Prerequisite: MUS 311 or 317 or MUSIC 311 or 317 or Departmental approval

Corequisite: MUS 714 or 715

Restriction: MUS 716, MUSIC 710, 715

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 710 A and B

MUS 714A
15 Points

MUS 714B
15 Points

Advanced Orchestration

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

Prerequisite: MUS 314 or MUSIC 215 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 714

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 714 A and B

MUS 715A
15 Points

MUS 715B
15 Points

Advanced Electroacoustic Music Studies

Examination of a wide range of advanced sound-based compositional techniques including multichannel acousmatic music, performance-based sonic art, visual music and interactive installation. Topics will be investigated through practice-led research methodology, supported with repertoire and literature studies.

Prerequisite: MUS 315 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 715

To complete this course students must enrol in MUS 715 A and B

MUS 720
30 Points

Performance Research I

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

Prerequisite: MUS 321 or 307 or MUSIC 321 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 720, 722, 723, 728

MUS 721
30 Points

Performance Research II

Continuation of the creative research undertaken in MUS 720.

Prerequisite: MUS 720 or MUSIC 720

Restriction: MUSIC 721

MUS 722
15 Points

Chamber Music Research I

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

Corequisite: MUS 720 or 721 or 724 or 725

Restriction: MUSIC 738

MUS 723
15 Points

Chamber Music Research II

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

Corequisite: MUS 720 or 721 or 724 or 725

Restriction: MUSIC 739

MUS 724
30 Points

Performance Pedagogy I

The study of instrumental technique, repertoire and aspects of pedagogy for studio teaching.

Prerequisite: MUS 321 and 323, or 371 or 382 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUS 720 or 721

MUS 725
30 Points

Performance Pedagogy II

The study of instrumental technique, repertoire and aspects of pedagogy for studio teaching.

Prerequisite: MUS 724

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 740
15 Points

Concepts and Methods in Historical Musicology

An overview of the discipline of historical musicology, its principal concepts and associated methods of research. Students consider key texts from the scholarly literature and design an individual research project related to their research interests and experience. This course also helps to develop advanced writing skills.

Prerequisite: MUS 340 or 342, 341 or Departmental approval

Restriction: MUSIC 750

MUS 741
15 Points

Concepts and Methods in Practical Music Research

An overview of concepts and methods for practical, creative and music education research. Students investigate different forms of creative and qualitative research, surveys, action research and practice-led research, and design an individual music research topic of interest. (Suitable for Music Education/Studio Pedagogy majors as well as students from Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors with an interest in practical research).

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 742
30 Points

Independent Music Research

An independent course of music research.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 744
15 Points

Musicians’ Health

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 748
15 Points

Choral Repertoire and Pedagogy

An overview of choral literature and the pedagogical skills to bring the discipline to the rehearsal room and the concert platform. The course includes analysis, score preparation and attendance at rehearsals/performances of community, tertiary and secondary ensembles.

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

A supervised course of musicological or music education research.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 753
15 Points

Research Project

A supervised course of musicological or music education research.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 754
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 755
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 756
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 757
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 758
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 759
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

MUS 760
15 Points

Themes in Music Education Research

A survey of recent Music Education research themes, topics and findings, along with implications and applications for teaching practice and music learning.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music Education or Departmental approval

MUS 761
15 Points

Studio Pedagogy and Research

The study of practical concepts and research for studio pedagogy in selected contexts from vocal, instrumental, composition, jazz and popular music learning. Explorations of teaching practices, repertoire, concept/skill/technical development, lesson design and pedagogical research.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music Education or MUS 323 or Departmental approval

MUS 770
30 Points

Jazz Performance Research I

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 771
30 Points

Jazz Performance Research II

A continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 770.

Prerequisite: MUS 770

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 Composition Research Portfolio I

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 781
30 Points

Popular Music Composition Research Portfolio II

A continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 780. Students compose a significant body of new songs and compositions, and produce a research portfolio of recordings and scores of these works.

Prerequisite: MUS 780

MUS 790A
15 Points

MUS 790B
15 Points

Dissertation

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

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

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

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

Prerequisite: MUS 725 or Departmental approval

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

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