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    A detailed introduction to industry-standard sound reinforcement and recording technology. The skills taught will be of use to composers, songwriters, arrangers, and those interested in music production in the context of live sound reinforcement, as well as the professional recording studio environment.

    This paper develops high-level skills in digital music production and studio recording. Students work independently to produce recordings in a range of environments, collaborating with performers and fellow production students to work across a variety of musical genres and disciplines. Students develop an understanding of their work as forms of practice-based research, and as such, this paper provides a bridge between lower-level music production courses, and subsequent papers, in which students work independently on projects of their own design.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music Production 3
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MUSI 232
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

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

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is taught through weekly lectures and studio sessions, which include participation in supervised and self-directed recording sessions 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, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Develop skills in communication through music production projects and reflective analysis
    • Increase their ability to apply skills in acquiring, organising, analysing, evaluating and presenting information through digital-based activities
    • Build capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently
    • Be able to work effectively as both a team leader and a team member
    • 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
    • Explore production projects as forms of practice-based research
    • Engage with and critique key concerns in scholarly and popular discourses on music production
    • Develop the ability to present and evaluate their production work in a critical and self-reflexive manner, and in a range of contexts/formats
    • Develop project management skills in individual and collaborative settings
    • Create and deliver a range of digital assets to agreed technical specifications


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 17-19
    Tuesday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 20-22
    Tuesday 13:00-13:50 17-19
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