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MUSI285 The Music Profession

Assists students wishing to work within the music industry to utilise their skills effectively in a professional environment. Topics include marketing, promotion, income tax liabilities, use of the Internet, contractual issues in recording and publishing, and career longevity.

This paper addresses issues concerning self-promotion in a range of professional environments and provides valuable insight into use of the Internet as a marketing tool, recording and publishing contracts, copyright issues, event management and tax issues for the self-employed music entrepreneur. You will also learn how to present personal and organisational profiles.

Paper title The Music Profession
Paper code MUSI285
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,212.00

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18 100-level MUSI or THEA points
MUSI 385
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Rob Burns
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Further develop knowledge of the music industry and its associated organisations, with a view to entering the music profession
  • Utilise theoretical and practical skills while specialising in an area of their choice that will be relevant to future career prospects
  • Develop skills in communication in order to create employment opportunities within the music profession
  • Further develop knowledge of business principles relating to publishing, marketing and distribution in the industry

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system