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Study Music at Otago

A world of Music.

At the University of Otago Music programme we cover a unique combination of classical music, contemporary rock music, music production and world music. Our focus is on developing and growing each student’s creativity as a musician. Otago’s School of Performing Arts has an international reputation and ranking: students learn from leading practitioners and educators.

If you want to develop as a performer, a composer or a songwriter we have papers to suit. We also offer papers that help you discover what makes music work as a language, how it communicates to people today and in the past, and what it means to people in various world cultures including our own.

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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Why study Music?

Music is a very important part of our lives: the study of music enriches any student’s university course and opens the door to lifelong enjoyment. There are many types of music from different parts of the world, and from different times in the world’s history. At Otago we make Music, we know about Music, and we are passionate about Music and our role in educating a new generation of musicians and music lovers.

Qualifications

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

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Music

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One of:
MUSI 103 Music in Popular Culture
MUSI 104 Music in World Cultures
MUSI 105 Music Matters

18

18

Above 100-level

126 further MUSI points of which at least 72 must be above 200-level

PERF 205 or PERF 305 may be substituted for 18 MUSI points

126
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

Bachelor of Music (MusB)

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One of
MUSI 102  Music in Western Culture
MUSI 103  Music in Popular Culture
MUSI 104  Music in World Cultures
MUSI 105  Music Matters

18

18

200-level

MUSI 201  Materials of Music 2

36 further 200- or 300-level MUSI points

18

36

300-level 72 300-level MUSI points 72
Plus

198 further points, including at least 54 above 100-level, comprising:

108 further MUSI points (for 18 of which MAOR 108, PERF 205 or PERF 305 may be substituted), and

90 further points (any subject)

 

108

90

This programme does not have provision for major subjects. A programme may be completed without endorsement, or may be endorsed in one of the following areas of specialisation if it includes the papers specified below.

Composition

MUSI 331 Composition Projects

Performance

MUSI 341 Performance 3 or MUSI 346 Professional Practice 3

Music Production

MUSI 332  Music Production 3
MUSI 334  Music Production Projects

and one of

Total   360

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Music

Papers

MUSI 490   Dissertation

80 further points from:

Prerequisites:
One of MUSI 220, MUSI 223, MUSI 268, MUSI 269, MUSI 301, MUSI 320, MUSI 323, MUSI 368, MUSI 371, MUSI 386, MUSI 369

Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB(Hons))

Papers
Composition

MUSI 431  Composition Portfolio

Three of:

Prerequisite: MUSI 331 Composition Projects

Musical Performance

MUSI 441 Performance 4  or  MUSI 446 Professional Practice 4

Three of:

Prerequisites: at least a B+ grade in MUSI 341 Performance 3, or MUSI 346 Professional Practice 3

Music Research

MUSI 490  Dissertation

Four of:

Prerequisites:72 300-level MUSI points

Music Production

MUSI 432  Music Production Major Project

Three of:

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 Music Production 3 or MUSI 333 Electronic Music Production (Advanced)

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Music

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Music is the same as the programmee for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)

Papers

One of:

Three of:

Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Music

Papers

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Music

Thesis
  • Thesis: MUSI 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Music or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Music must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Music prior to undertaking the thesis.

Minor subject requirements

Music as a minor subject for a BA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One further 100-level MUSI paper or MAOR 108  Waiata: Te Timatanga

18

18

200-level

36 MUSI points at 200-level or above

36

300-level

18 300-level MUSI points

18

PERF 205 or PERF305 may be substituted for one MUSI paper

Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (MusB) or Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA).

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

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Performing Arts
Music Programme
Email spa@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/performing-arts