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Study Music at Otago

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Overview

Music has an important place in the lives of people in all cultures, and the study of music enriches any student's university programme, opening doors to lifelong learning and enjoyment.

Contact details

School of Performing Arts

Email mtpa@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/performing-arts

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Music (MUSI) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Music

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One of:
MUSI 102 Music in Western Culture
MUSI 103 Music in Popular Culture
MUSI 104 Music in World Cultures
MUSI 105 Music Matters*

18

18

200-level

MUSI 201  Materials of Music 2

36 further MUSI points at 200-level or above

18

36

300-level 72 300-level MUSI points 72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

PERF 205 or PERF 305 may be substituted for 18 MUSI points

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Music (MusB)

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One of
MUSI 102  Music in Western Culture
MUSI 103  Music in Popular Culture
MUSI 104  Music in World Cultures
MUSI 105  Music Matters

18

18

200-level

MUSI 201  Materials of Music 2

36 further 200- or 300-level MUSI points

18

36

300-level 72 300-level MUSI points 72
Plus

198 further points, including at least 54 above 100-level, comprising:

108 further MUSI points (for 18 of which MAOR 108, PERF 205 or PERF 305 may be substituted), and

90 further points (any subject)

 

108

90

This programme does not have provision for major subjects. A programme may be completed without endorsement, or may be endorsed in one of the following areas of specialisation if it includes the papers specified below.

Composition

MUSI 331 Composition Projects

Performance

MUSI 341 Performance 3 or MUSI 346 Professional Practice 3

Studio Production

MUSI 332  Music Technology 3
MUSI 334  Studio Production Projects

and one of

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Music

Papers

MUSI 490   Dissertation

80 further points from:

Prerequisites:
One of MUSI 220, MUSI 223, MUSI 268, MUSI 269, MUSI 301, MUSI 320, MUSI 323, MUSI 368, MUSI 371, MUSI 386, MUSI 369

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Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB(Hons))

Papers
Composition

MUSI 431  Composition Portfolio

Three of:

Prerequisite: MUSI 331 Composition Projects

Musical Performance

MUSI 441 Performance 4  or  MUSI 446 Professional Practice 4

Three of:

Prerequisites: at least a B+ grade in MUSI 341 Performance 3, or MUSI 346 Professional Practice 3

Music Research

MUSI 490  Dissertation

Four of:

Prerequisites:72 300-level MUSI points

Recording and Production

MUSI 432  Studio Production

Three of:

Prerequisite: MUSI 332 Music Technology 3 or MUSI 333 Electronic Music Production (Advanced)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Music

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Music is the same as the programmee for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)

Papers

One of:

Three of:

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Music

Papers

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Music

Thesis
  • Thesis: MUSI 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Music or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Music must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Music prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Music as a minor subject for a BA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MUSI 101  Materials of Music 1

One further 100-level MUSI paper or MAOR 108  Waiata: Te Timatanga

18

18

200-level

36 MUSI points at 200-level or above

36

300-level

18 300-level MUSI points

18

PERF 205 or PERF305 may be substituted for one MUSI paper

Not available for the Bachelor of Music (MusB) or Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) programmes.

Total   90

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