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    A major practice-based research project, involving music production as the amalgamation of advanced arrangement, recording, editing, and audio mixing skills and techniques.

    About this paper

    Paper title Studio Production
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.5
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $4,345.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MUSI 332 or MUSI 334
    Limited to
    MusB(Hons), PGDipMus
    MUSI331, MUSI341, MUSI345 or MUSI346 must be passed with a grade of at least B+.

    400-level papers are normally available to students enrolled in a MusB(Hons), BA(Hons), PGDip(Mus) and PGDip(Arts) only. If in doubt as to your eligibility to take a 400-level paper, see Peter Adams (

    Not all 400-level papers will necessarily be offered in every year. Usually three 20-point, 400-level papers only will be offered - usually MUSI 403, 407 and 442. Students interested in an internship project may be eligible to take HUMS 401 Internship Practicum as a 20-point paper.


    Teaching staff

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

    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is taught through a combination of attendance at weekly student-led seminars, and supervision of in-studio and written work.


    Course reader

    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, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who 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
    • Further develop their ability to think critically, analyse issues logically, and to challenge conventional assumptions
    • Improve their ability to consider different options and viewpoints, make informed decisions and act with flexibility, adaptability and creativity
    • Build students’ capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently
    • To foster students’ ability to work effectively as both a team leader and a team member
    • Develop enhanced creative and technical production skills, especially in the recording studio environment
    • Pursue an enhanced understanding of the role of the producer in various contexts
    • Evaluate and critique the structures and resources that underpin music production practices
    • Employ practice-based research methods in order to understand, evaluate and develop various strategies for music production in an academic context
    • Develop the enhanced ability to present and evaluate their production work in a critical and self-reflexive manner
    • Develop project management skills in individual and collaborative settings
    • Manage a significant project in an effective and organised manner, resulting in the timely delivery of the required outputs


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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