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MUSI265 Music and Theatre

A study of the relationship between music and theatre in historical and contemporary contexts. Emphasis is given to the analysis of performances as text, and the study of the practical function of music and theatre synergies.

This paper is a study of music and theatre interconnections with an emphasis on creativity, history, popular culture, practical function and cultural context. Students will understand conventions, challenge assumptions about disciplinary frameworks and think critically across disciplines.

Paper title Music and Theatre
Paper code MUSI265
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,338.30

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36 100-level points
MUSI 365
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Dr Ian Chapman
Teaching Staff: Professor Anthony Ritchie, Hilary Halba, Dr Ian Chapman, Associate Professor Rob Burns, and Professor Terence Dennis

Paper Structure

Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week.
Textbooks are not required for this paper. Resources and texts will be made available to students via Blackboard throughout the course of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Be able to conduct intellectual inquiry across disciplines
  • Understand the synergies between music and theatre performing arts
  • Be able to critically evaluate relationships between music and theatre in cultural context and develop specific historical perspectives

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system