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Study Music Technology at Otago

Old traditions – new directions.

The Music Technology programme caters to any music genre or style, from classical to traditional folk music, from jazz to world music and beyond. The papers feed into the Minor in Music Technology. They are designed to empower students with the tools necessary to create, perform, record and enjoy music on all levels, in the constantly expanding digital environment we experience today.

The development of digital tools for music creation and production includes desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices. People now have the opportunity to create their music outside of traditional studio-system production houses. This opportunity comes with a need for corresponding skill-sets in using the technology to create sophisticated and meaningful media products.

Why study Music Technology

The music world of today is comprised of overlapping media and technologies and new music professionals will need a plurality of skill-sets to make their mark. Desktop tools for music creation and production provide an unprecedented opportunity for people to create their music outside of traditional studio-system production houses. Along with this democratisation of the process comes a need for commensurate skill-sets in using the technology to create sophisticated and meaningful media products. The Music Technology minor caters to any music genre or style, from classical to traditional folk music, jazz and beyond. The papers are designed to empower students with the tools necessary to create, perform, record and enjoy music on all levels, in the constantly expanding digital environment we experience today.

Background required

An interest in studying today’s music technology. No musical experience required.

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the music industry.

Sometimes the type of employment our graduates find is seemingly unrelated to music. However, music requires, and teaches, so many intellectual and life skills, skills which can be utilised in a variety of ways.

  • Cultural agencies (government and NGOs)
  • Recording industry
  • Education (all levels)
  • Community education and development
  • Computer Industry (software/hardware development)
  • Communications industries
  • Creative industries (including composition and performance)
  • Cultural research projects
  • Applied research projects

Minor subject requirements

Music Technology 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

Papers Points

Must include at least three papers at 200-level or above.

Total 90

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

*Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

Key information for future students

Contact us

Email spa@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/performing-arts