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MUSI228 Music in Pacific Cultures

An interdisciplinary study of the traditional and popular music of selected Pacific and New Zealand cultures, their performance traditions, and their regional and global influences.

The Pacific Ocean covers a third of the world's surface and laps the shores of around 1,500 inhabited islands. These islands are home to diverse musical traditions ranging from traditional chants and dances to the latest contemporary music styles. This paper provides an introduction to the heritage, religious and popular musics of Pacific Islanders. Through general surveys and case studies (illustrated via the use of video and sound recordings, as well as other resources), students will be introduced to a range of island musics, as well as to some of the key theories and methodologies underpinning Pacific music research.

Weekly seminars provide an opportunity for students to contribute to themed discussions in smaller groups.

Paper title Music in Pacific Cultures
Paper code MUSI228
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,050.00

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36 100-level points
MUSI 328
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Jennifer Cattermole
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
MUSI 228/328 Course Reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, you will be able to demonstrate that you can
  1. Perform music from at least two Pacific Islands
  2. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of ideas from scholarly literature
  3. Apply ideas from scholarly literature to real-life musical examples
  4. Reflexively evaluate your own learning
  5. Locate, retrieve and effectively use scholarly literature
  6. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  7. Work effectively as a team member and/or team leader
  8. Work effectively independently in self-directed activity
  9. Understand and appreciate how select cultures perform, perceive and conceptualise music

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Not offered in 2017

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system