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    Industry-standard music software incorporating digital audio and sound design, sampling and sequencing, is introduced in detail. The skills taught will be of use to composers, songwriters, arrangers and those interested in music production.

    This paper continues the study of technical and creative skills begun in MUSI 132. Students develop audio recording and mixing skills in a range of recording studio environments, and produce recordings as part of a major collaborative project. The paper also continues the development of live sound skills, with a focus on acoustics and performance environments. These skills are contextualised through the critical exploration of music technologies and practices, with a focus on the nature of music production work in a digital environment.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music Production 2
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MUSI 132 and 18 200-level points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Holland
    Teaching Staff: Dr Michael Holland
    Mr Hugh Harlow

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is taught through weekly lectures and studio sessions, which include participation in supervised and self-directed recording sessions and workshops.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts ( office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Develop skills in communication through music production projects and reflective analysis
    • Apply skills in acquiring, organising, analysing, evaluating and presenting
    • Build capacity for self-directed activity
    • Be able to work effectively as a member of a production team
    • Develop the ability to analyse issues logically, to challenge conventional assumptions, to consider different options and viewpoints, make informed decisions and act with flexibility, adaptability and creativity
    • Develop competencies in the use of multi-track recording studio technologies
    • Engage with and critique key concerns in scholarly and popular discourses on music production
    • Develop the ability to present and evaluate their production working a range of contexts/formats
    • Create and deliver a range of digital assets to agreed technical specifications


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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