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MUSI403 Community Project

Research project on a music topic in the community.

This paper will equip students with research skills that will enhance their capacity for independent study in and across different areas of cultural knowledge. Through seminar discussion and critical evaluation of key methods and writings, students explore through first-hand experience the various ways that scholars represent music in the modern-day cultural context and then apply this knowledge to a research project of their own design. Focus is given to music making of any style in Dunedin.

Paper title Community Project
Paper code MUSI403
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,307.76
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,039.84

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Limited to
BA(Hons), MusB(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipMus

400-level papers are normally available to students enrolled in a MusB(Hons), BA(Hons), PGDip(Mus) and PGDip(Arts) only. If in doubt as to your eligibility to take a 400-level paper, see Peter Adams ( Not all 400-level papers will necessarily be offered in every year. Usually three 20-point, 400-level papers only will be offered - usually MUSI 403, 407 and 442. Students interested especially in MUSI 410 should see Professor Henry Johnson (

Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Professor Henry Johnson
Teaching Staff: Professor Henry Johnson
Paper Structure

This paper covers a community project and research design. Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts ( office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour seminar per week.

Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts ( office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this paper, you will be able to demonstrate that you can:

  • Create a research project design that
    • Has a clearly worded research question (or questions) that can be answered within the limitations (time, expense, word-limit, etc.) of the written report
    • Has clearly outlined and viable research aims
    • Utilises appropriate research methodology and data collection tools (e.g. questionnaires, interview questions) to answer the research question/s
    • Meets the requirements of the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee
  • Create a literature review that identifies and evaluates what scholarly writing exists on your chosen research topic and/or closely related topics
  • Capture ethnographic research data. This may include demonstrating the following skills:
    • Interviewing
    • Administering surveys or questionnaires
    • Recording observations in fieldnotes
    • Recording music performances (aurally and/or visually)
  • Analyse research data. This may include demonstrating skills such as
    • Transcribing interviews and coding data thematically
    • Identifying key themes
  • Write a research report that demonstrates the development of the following competency:
    • Structuring findings to create a cohesive and coherent narrative that answers the research question(s) and meets the project's stated aim

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
B1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41