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Bachelor of Music (MusB)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree requires three years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study.

The programme totals 360 points and is mainly made up of Music papers but may include up to 90 points (usually five papers) in other subjects.

The programme for the degree does not have major subjects, although it may include a minor subject. It may be completed without any specified specialisation, or it may be endorsed in Composition, Performance, or Studio Production if it includes certain papers as below.

Graduates of the degree have pursued careers in musical performance, recording industry, opera, teaching, media, theatre, music education, technology, and other related fields.

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Subject areas

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Contact details

Department of Music

Email: music@otago.ac.nz
Website: Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Music (MusB)

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One of
MUSI 102  Music in Western Culture
MUSI 103  Music in Popular Culture
MUSI 104  Music in World Cultures

18

18

200-level

MUSI 201  Materials of Music 2

36 further 200- or 300-level MUSI points

18

36

300-level 72 300-level MUSI points 72
Plus

198 further points, including at least 54 above 100-level, comprising:

108 further MUSI points (for 18 of which MAOR 108 Waiata: Te Tīmatanga may be substituted), and

90 further points (any subject)

 

108

90

This programme does not have provision for major subjects. A programme may be completed without endorsement, or may be endorsed in one of the following areas of specialisation if it includes the papers specified below.

Composition

MUSI 331 Composition Projects

Performance

MUSI 341 Performance 3 or MUSI 346 Professional Practice 3

Studio Production

MUSI 332  Music Technology 3;
and one of MUSI 303 Music and the Internet (Advanced), MUSI 333 Electronic Music Production (Advanced), MUSI 366 Music in Film and Gaming, MUSI 369 Global Pop

Total   360

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Music (MusB)

  1. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study for the degree:

    1. shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points, of which at least 270 points will be in Music,
    2. shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level, of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
    3. shall include the papers specified in the MusB Schedule, Part 1,
    4. may be completed without endorsement or may be endorsed in an area of specialisation listed in the MusB Schedule, Part 2,
    5. may include an optional minor subject (in a discipline or subject other than Classical Music, Ethnomusicology, Music, Music Industry, Music Technology or Popular Music) that satisfies the Minor Subject Requirements listed in Arts and Music Schedule A or Commerce Schedule A or Science Schedule A or Applied Science Schedule A. Alternatively, a programme may include any papers worth up to a total of 90 points that are not listed in Arts and Music Schedule C.
  2. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study for the degree shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  3. Cross Credits

    A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 126 points where the other degree is a three-year degree and up to a maximum of 180 points where the other degree is longer than a three-year degree.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: An application for admission to Performance papers is required; this is separate from the enrolment process.

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