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Study Composition at Otago

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A comprehensive training in Composition (including Music Technology and Song-Writing) to students at all levels of study. Broad-ranging in content, composition at Otago 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.

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See the Bachelor of Music (MusB) page for details of the required papers.

See the full list of Music (MUSI) papers.

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