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    A study of the relationship between music and theatre in historical and contemporary contexts. Emphasis is given to the analysis of performances as text, and the study of the practical function of music and theatre synergies.

    This paper is a study of music and theatre interconnections with an emphasis on creativity, history, popular culture, practical function and cultural context. Students will understand conventions, challenge assumptions about disciplinary frameworks and think critically across disciplines.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music and Theatre
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level MUSI, PERF or THEA points
    MUSI 265
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

    Teaching staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ian Chapman
    Other teaching Staff: Professor Terence Dennis, Professor Henry Johnson, Amanda Martin, Ryan Hartigan

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers Music and Theatre. Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Teaching Arrangements
    There one-hour lectures per week.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Resources and texts will be made available to students via Blackboard throughout the course of the paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Be able to conduct intellectual inquiry across disciplines
    • Understand the synergies between music and theatre performing arts
    • Be able to critically evaluate relationships between music and theatre in cultural context and develop specific historical perspectives


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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