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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Contemporary Music Performance 1
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.3
    Points 36 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,346.60
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    Contact the School of Performing Arts for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 11, 15, 18
    B1 Friday 11:00-12:50 31, 34, 38
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