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MUSI240 Performance Studies 2

Tuition to develop performance skills in a solo instrument or voice, a second instrument or voice, or an approved popular music or world music context.

Approved World Music Options: Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori instruments), Taiko (Japanese drumming), Koto (Japanese zither) or Scottish piping or drumming.

Vocal Ensemble: Admission is by audition. Students enrolled will be organised into a small vocal ensemble through which they will acquire the skills associated with performing in and directing a small vocal ensemble. This option is ideal for students with prior experience performing in a choral or solo setting. Enrolment will be capped at 12 people. All students enrolled must audition before mid-October of the previous year.

After completing enrolment, Performance Students should email the Office to advise which musical instrument/s they have chosen to study in 2023. Please contact for information regarding auditions.

Paper title Performance Studies 2
Paper code MUSI240
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MUSI 140 (passed with a grade of at least C+)
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) Entrance to MUSI240 requires Departmental Permission. (ii) Admittance is subject to teacher's availability. (iii) May be taken as a preliminary performance paper that can either lead into a higher level 18-point MUSI paper (i.e. MUSI 340) or a 36-point MUSI paper (i.e. MUSI241, MUSI246) or PERF202. (iv) The paper can lead on to MUSI 340 but not to MUSI341, MUSI346, PERF302. (v) May not be taken in same year as MUSI241, PERF246, PERF202, PERF203 (except in the World Music Option) and cannot be credited to a degree if either of MUSI241, MUSI246, PERF202, PERF203 has already been passed in the same instrument or voice.(vi) For information regarding auditions, please contact
Evidence of ability as a performer is required. View more information about auditions.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Tessa Petersen
Paper Co-ordinator for World Music: Professor Henry Johnson
Paper Co-ordinator for Voice and Vocal Ensemble: Dr Tessa Romano
Teaching staff will depend on the instrument chosen.

Teaching Arrangements
One 30-minute individual lesson, plus a group performance class per week.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Having been guided through a course of technical and musical study especially designed to meet individual needs, students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Have an appropriate command of instrument/voice and will be more capable of achieving expressive musical results
  • Have an enhanced understanding of the repertoire for instrument or voice

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Semester 1

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Semester 2

Teaching method
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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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