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Study Music for your bachelor's degree

Make Music papers the main focus of your study

The Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree is a good option if you want Music papers to be the main focus.

Study Music papers as well as papers from other subject areas

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major (or minor) in Music is a good option if you want to study papers from other subject areas as well.

If you want to study Music alongside Commerce or Science subjects, you can take Music as a major (or minor) as part of the Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degrees, respectively.

Degrees with a major in Music

Study Music as part of a double degree

You can study Music as part of a double degree – for example a Bachelor of Music (MusB) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Study Music as a minor subject

You can study Music as a minor subject for a range of degrees, in a number of specialisations:

Study Music as stand-alone interest papers

You can add some Music papers to most degrees.

Perform music

Classical and Contemporary Performance options

There are performance pathways in Classical Performance (piano, strings, woodwind, brass, classical singing, bagpipes and Scottish drumming), and Contemporary (pop/rock) Performance (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals).

You must audition if you want to enrol in the following performance papers: MUSI 140, MUSI 141, MUSI 146, MUSI 241, MUSI 246, MUSI 341, MUSI 346.

Audition application forms for Classical and Contemporary Performance

If you would like to focus on performing music within the Bachelor of Music (MusB) you will need to complete an audition application form.

Non-Western music performance options

It is also possible to take performance papers without making performance the main focus of your degree.

A variety of non-Western music performance options are available: Japanese taiko or koto, and Māori taonga pūoro. No audition or previous experience is required for entry to these papers: MUSI 140, MUSI 240 and MUSI 340.

Contact us if you are interested in the non-Western performance options 

You must email us with details of the instrument and level you would like to study before you enrol.

Music papers

The full list of music papers

Contact us to discuss your study options

You are strongly encouraged to speak with one of our Music course advisers before you enrol. Please email us for a list of advisers.

Email spa@otago.ac.nz

Music scholarships