Why study Music?
At the University of Otago Music Department we cover a unique combination of classical music, contemporary rock music, music technology and world music. We have an international reputation for our “rock” degree as well as our more traditional offerings.
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.
Music at Otago
Music can be studied as a Major subject either for a Bachelor of Music degree (MusB) or for a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA).
If you wish to do performance or song writing or composition for the three years of your degree, you will need to do a MusB. If your interest is not as a performer or composer you may do either a BA or a MusB.
The MusB has more music, as sixteen of the twenty papers that make up a three-year degree will be music papers. A BA requires that nine or ten of the twenty papers be in music and therefore you have more room for other subjects. You might even consider doing a double major in music and another subject that interests you.