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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 2022

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Qualifications

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

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
MUSI101 2022 Materials of Music 1 18 points Semester 2
MUSI103 2022 Popular Music 18 points Semester 2
MUSI104 2022 World Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI105 2022 Music Matters 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI131 2022 Composition 1 18 points Full Year
MUSI132 2022 Music Production 1 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
MUSI135 2022 Songwriting 18 points Full Year
MUSI140 2022 Performance Studies 1 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI141 2022 Performance 1 36 points Full Year
MUSI146 2022 Contemporary Music Performance 1 36 points Full Year
MUSI191 2022 Introduction to Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI201 2022 Materials of Music 2 18 points Semester 1
MUSI223 2022 Classical Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI232 2022 Music Production 2 18 points Semester 2
MUSI233 2022 Electronic Music Production 18 points Semester 1
MUSI234 2022 Contemporary Composition 18 points Full Year
MUSI240 2022 Performance Studies 2 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI241 2022 Performance 2 36 points Full Year
MUSI246 2022 Contemporary Music Performance 2 36 points Full Year
MUSI249 2022 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI259 2022 Special Topic: Practical Conducting 18 points Summer School
MUSI260 2022 Special Topic: Vocal Performance & Recording 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI261 2022 Music and Visual Culture 18 points Semester 2
MUSI265 2022 Music and Theatre 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI266 2022 Film Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI267 2022 Music in New Zealand 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI268 2022 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI269 2022 Popular Music 2 18 points Semester 2
MUSI270 2022 David Bowie 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI301 2022 Materials of Music 18 points Semester 2
MUSI323 2022 Classical Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI331 2022 Composition Projects 36 points Full Year
MUSI332 2022 Music Production 3 18 points Semester 1
MUSI333 2022 Electronic Music Production (Advanced) 18 points Semester 1
MUSI334 2022 Music Production Projects 18 points Semester 2
MUSI340 2022 Performance Studies 3 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
MUSI341 2022 Performance 3 36 points Full Year
MUSI346 2022 Contemporary Music Performance 3 36 points Full Year
MUSI349 2022 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI361 2022 Music and Visual Culture 18 points Semester 2
MUSI365 2022 Music and Theatre 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI366 2022 Film Music 18 points Semester 1
MUSI367 2022 Music in New Zealand (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI368 2022 Performance in Asia and the Pacific 18 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI369 2022 Popular Music 3 18 points Semester 2
MUSI371 2022 Research Methods and Approaches 18 points Semester 2
MUSI375 2022 Studio Teaching Pedagogy 18 points Semester 1
MUSI386 2022 Community Project 18 points Semester 1
MUSI401 2022 Materials of Music (Advanced) 20 points Semester 2
MUSI407 2022 Radical Works 20 points Not offered in 2022
MUSI431 2022 Composition Portfolio 60 points Full Year
MUSI432 2022 Studio Production 60 points Full Year
MUSI441 2022 Performance 4 60 points Full Year
MUSI442 2022 Repertoire Studies 20 points Full Year
MUSI446 2022 Contemporary Music Practice 4 60 points Full Year
MUSI471 2022 Research Methods and Approaches (Advanced) 20 points Semester 2
MUSI475 2022 Studio Teaching Pedagogy (Advanced) 20 points Semester 1
MUSI486 2022 Community Project (Advanced) 20 points Semester 1
MUSI490 2022 Dissertation 40 points Full Year
MUSI590 2022 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

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