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    Tuition to develop ‘solo’ or ‘ensemble’ performance skills.

    Approved World Music Options: Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori instruments), Taiko (Japanese drumming), Koto (Japanese zither) or Scottish piping or drumming.

    Vocal Ensemble: Admission is by audition. Students enrolled will be organised into a small vocal ensemble through which they will acquire the skills associated with performing in and directing a small vocal ensemble. This option is ideal for students with prior experience performing in a choral or solo setting. Enrolment will be capped at 12 people. All students enrolled must audition before mid-October of the previous year.

    After completing enrolment, Performance Students should email the Office to advise which musical instrument/s they have chosen to study in 2023. Please contact for information regarding auditions.

    About this paper

    Paper title Performance Studies 2
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MUSI 140 (passed with a grade of at least C+)
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    (i) Students taking ‘ensemble’ will be placed in groups, or may propose their own groups for Head of Programme approval. (ii) Can lead to MUSI 340, or MUSI 241, 246, PERF 202. (iii) Can be taken in a second instrument, but may not be taken in same year as MUSI 241, 246, PERF 202 (except in the taonga pūoro, taiko or koto options). (iv) Cannot be credited to a degree if either of MUSI 241, 246 or PERF 203 has already been passed in the same instrument or voice.
    Evidence of ability as a performer is required. View more information about auditions.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Tessa Petersen
    Paper Co-ordinator for World Music: Professor Henry Johnson
    Paper Co-ordinator for Voice and Vocal Ensemble: Dr Tessa Romano
    Teaching staff will depend on the instrument chosen.

    Teaching Arrangements
    One 30-minute individual lesson, plus a group performance class per week.
    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, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Having been guided through a course of technical and musical study especially designed to meet individual needs, students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Have an appropriate command of instrument/voice and will be more capable of achieving expressive musical results
    • Have an enhanced understanding of the repertoire for instrument or voice


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