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Study Composition at Otago

A comprehensive training in Composition (including Music Technology and Song-Writing) for students at all levels of study.

Broad-ranging in content, composition offers students training in many forms of musical creativity and music style.

In the first year of study, students may specialise in one area or mix different interests, such as Classical Music or Popular Music. In the following years, opportunities are made available for specialisation in writing for other media such as film, dance, television or theatre.

There are no minimum entry requirements for the first-year composition papers, although students with little or no music reading ability are strongly encouraged to up-skill in the first semester through the paper MUSI 191 Introduction to Music.

Students who complete the 36 point third-year paper MUSI 331 Composition Projects can choose to have their Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree endorsed in composition.

Apply for the Bachelor of Music (MusB) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification page.

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
MUSI101 2021 Materials of Music 1 18 points Second Semester
MUSI103 2021 Popular Music 18 points First Semester
MUSI104 2021 World Music 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI105 2021 Music Matters 18 points Second Semester
MUSI131 2021 Composition 1 18 points Full Year
MUSI132 2021 Music Production 1 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
MUSI135 2021 Songwriting 18 points Full Year
MUSI140 2021 Performance Studies 1 18 points First Semester, Second Semester, Full Year
MUSI141 2021 Performance 1 36 points Full Year
MUSI146 2021 Contemporary Music Performance 1 36 points Full Year
MUSI191 2021 Introduction to Music 18 points First Semester
MUSI201 2021 Materials of Music 2 18 points First Semester
MUSI223 2021 Classical Music 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI232 2021 Music Production 2 18 points Second Semester
MUSI233 2021 Electronic Music Production 18 points First Semester
MUSI234 2021 Contemporary Composition 18 points Full Year
MUSI240 2021 Performance Studies 2 18 points First Semester, Second Semester, Full Year
MUSI241 2021 Performance 2 36 points Full Year
MUSI246 2021 Contemporary Music Performance 2 36 points Full Year
MUSI249 2021 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI259 2021 Special Topic: Practical Conducting 18 points Summer School
MUSI260 2021 Special Topic: Vocal Performance & Recording 18 points Summer School
MUSI261 2021 Music and Visual Culture 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI265 2021 Music and Theatre 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI266 2021 Film Music 18 points First Semester
MUSI267 2021 Music in New Zealand 18 points Second Semester
MUSI268 2021 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 points Second Semester
MUSI269 2021 Popular Music 2 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI270 2021 David Bowie 18 points First Semester
MUSI301 2021 Materials of Music 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI323 2021 Classical Music 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI331 2021 Composition Projects 36 points Full Year
MUSI332 2021 Music Production 3 18 points First Semester
MUSI333 2021 Electronic Music Production (Advanced) 18 points First Semester
MUSI334 2021 Music Production Projects 18 points Second Semester
MUSI340 2021 Performance Studies 3 18 points First Semester, Second Semester, Full Year
MUSI341 2021 Performance 3 36 points Full Year
MUSI346 2021 Contemporary Music Performance 3 36 points Full Year
MUSI349 2021 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI361 2021 Music and Visual Culture 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI365 2021 Music and Theatre 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI366 2021 Film Music 18 points First Semester
MUSI367 2021 Music in New Zealand (Advanced) 18 points Second Semester
MUSI368 2021 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 points Second Semester
MUSI369 2021 Popular Music 3 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI371 2021 Research Methods and Approaches 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI375 2021 Studio Teaching Pedagogy 18 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI386 2021 Community Project 18 points First Semester
MUSI401 2021 Materials of Music (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI407 2021 Seminal Works 20 points Full Year
MUSI431 2021 Composition Portfolio 60 points Full Year
MUSI432 2021 Studio Production 60 points Full Year
MUSI441 2021 Performance 4 60 points Full Year
MUSI442 2021 Repertoire Studies 20 points Full Year
MUSI446 2021 Contemporary Music Practice 4 60 points Full Year
MUSI471 2021 Research Methods and Approaches (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI475 2021 Studio Teaching Pedagogy (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2021
MUSI486 2021 Community Project (Advanced) 20 points First Semester
MUSI490 2021 Dissertation 40 points Full Year
MUSI590 2021 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

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