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MUSI146 Contemporary Music Performance 1

The development of modern musicianship skills necessary to enter and maintain a career in all facets of the popular and commercial music industry.

The paper is constructed around a repertoire-based curriculum drawn from rhythm and blues music that includes studies in instrumental technique, sight reading/singing and ensemble performance. The demands placed on modern professional musicians are such that musicians are expected to be "jacks of all trades" and masters of many. The paper teaches you how to adopt a "chameleon-like" ability to adapt to highly specific stylistic musical areas. There is also an option to perform original music as a solo performer or with a band made up from other members of the paper.

Paper title Contemporary Music Performance 1
Paper code MUSI146
Subject Music
EFTS 0.3
Points 36 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,282.70
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MUSI 145
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Evidence of ability as a performer is required. Entry is by audition (see MusB degree regulations).
Subject to an audition, sight reading music is not a priority.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Mr David Harrison
Teaching Staff:
Arlie McCormick
Bridget Telfer-Milne
Pania Simmonds
Doug Wright
Carl Woodward
Stevie Rice

Paper Structure
The paper consists of instrumental/vocal specific lessons, in which technical and theoretical issues are taught, along with sight reading studies. Every three weeks, there are performance workshops in which all students perform the set repertoire together, as well as sometimes performing unseen repertoire from the same stylistic area. Contemporary Performance that will lead to performance at a professional level.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lessons and workshops per week.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Establish identity through performance of original or set repertoire-based assessment
  • Be able to demonstrate competency in their chosen instrument
  • Be able to manage personal practice and rehearsal time
  • Become a confident performer
  • Gain portfolio content

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 11, 18, 21
B1 Friday 11:00-12:50 30, 33, 37, 40