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MUSI367 Music in New Zealand (Advanced)

The study of historical and contemporary music in New Zealand from analytical and cultural perspectives.

Popular, art and traditional music from NZ will be covered, beginning in the 19th century and ending with the present day. We will focus on some of the finest examples of music written in this country and examine its background and genesis. We will examine what makes New Zealand music distinctive and how it relates to musical trends from overseas.

Paper title Music in New Zealand (Advanced)
Paper code MUSI367
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,555.35

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18 200-level MUSI points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Teaching staff: Professor Anthony Ritchie, Dr Jennifer Cattermole and Dr Ian Chapman

Paper Structure

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

  • Chris Bourke. Blue Smoke. The Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music. Auckland University Press, 2010
  • P. Norman: Bibliography of New Zealand Compositions. 3rd ed., Nota Bene Music, 1991
  • P. Norman. Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music. Canterbury University Press, 2006
  • J.M.Thomson: The Oxford History of New Zealand Music. Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain an understanding of New Zealand music and how the music relates to events in this country's history
  • Gain detailed knowledge of selected works from popular, classical and world music and an understanding of the composers and songwriters who created these works
  • Be able to make informed opinions about what makes New Zealand music distinctive and how it relates to music from overseas
  • Be equipped to undertake further research into New Zealand music at higher levels

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system