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    The study of historical and contemporary music in Aotearoa from analytical and cultural perspectives.

    Popular, art and traditional music from NZ will be covered, beginning in the 19th century and ending with the present day. We will focus on some of the finest examples of music written in this country and examine its background and genesis. We will examine what makes New Zealand music distinctive and how it relates to musical trends from overseas.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music in Aotearoa (Advanced)
    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 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
    Teaching staff: Professor Anthony Ritchie
    Dr Jennifer Cattermole
    Dr Ian Chapman


    Textbooks are not required but the following are regularly referenced in this paper:

    • Chris Bourke. Blue Smoke. The Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music. Auckland University Press, 2010.
    • P. Norman: Bibliography of New Zealand Compositions. 3rd ed., Nota Bene Music, 1991.
    • P. Norman. Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music. Canterbury University Press, 2006.
    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, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Gain an understanding of New Zealand music and how the music relates to events in this country's history
    • Gain detailed knowledge of selected works from popular, classical and world music and an understanding of the composers and songwriters who created these works
    • Be able to make informed opinions about what makes New Zealand music distinctive and how it relates to music from overseas
    • Be equipped to undertake further research into New Zealand music at higher levels


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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