Music (2019)

Music is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. Music may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Music as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Music, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include MUSIC112; at least one of MUSIC115, MUSIC117, MUSIC119, MUSIC140; and at least one of MUSIC213, MUSIC215, MUSIC222, MUSIC240 and MUSIC314.

To complete Music as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Music, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level including MUSIC112; at least one of MUSIC115, MUSIC117, MUSIC119, MUSIC140; and at least one of MUSIC213, MUSIC215, MUSIC222, MUSIC240 and MUSIC314.

To complete a minor in Music, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Music major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Music is available in streams for the BMus.

To complete a BMus (Academic), students must complete 90 papers from Music, and 135 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Performance), students must complete MUSIC118, MUSIC120, MUSIC121; and MUSIC218, MUSIC220, MUSIC221, MUSIC227; and MUSIC318, MUSIC320, MUSIC321, MUSIC327 and 60 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Composition), students must complete MUSIC140; and MUSIC219, MUSIC222, and MUSIC323; and 30 points from either MUSIC240 and MUSIC340 or MUSIC215 and MUSIC315 and 30 points from Music list and 105 points from elective papers.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Music in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice. All BMus students enrolled in first year Music papers should have skills in reading and writing music to Grade 3 level (NZMEB, AMEB) or Grade 5 (Royal Schools, Trinity College). Students wishing to enter the Performance stream at any level will be required to audition. Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Music papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Music papers above 200 level.

Note on Assessment: Failure to achieve a pass in any Performance, Performance Techniques, or Chamber Music papers will result in the need to re-audition for entry to Performance or Chamber Music streams.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Mus) and GradDip(Mus)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Music at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study in Music must include MUSIC112 or equivalent.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Mus), PGDip(Mus), BA(Hons), BMus(Hons), MA and MMus

    A Postgraduate Diploma in Music is available in either Composition or Performance. Students must complete either MUSIC504 or MUSIC505.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BA(Hons), a student should normally hold a BA degree and have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Music papers or all their undergraduate Music papers.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BMus(Hons), a student should normally hold a BMus degree and have at least a B average in their 300 level Music papers in the area of intended graduate specialisation or all their undergraduate Music papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) or BMus(Hons) in Music, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally MUSIC591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Music.

    Candidates for the MMus must have at least second class honours (second division) in their BMus(Hons) degrees. The MMus is taken in Composition or Performance. Students are required to take either MUSIC514 or MUSIC524.

    Candidates for the MA in Music should normally have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in Music and have gained at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in Music (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

    Acceptance into the MA is subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor and overall approval from the Programme Convenor.

    Completion requirements for the MA in Music vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis or a composition portfolio, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis or a composition portfolio, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD and DMA

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    The Doctor of Musical Arts is a research degree in which the research component is divided equally between research-based performance and a supporting thesis. The thesis will be conceptually related to the student's performance.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    MAORI102He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
    An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
    MAORI157Ngā Mahi a Rehia: An Introduction to Kapa Haka19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as a means of communication and cultural expression in the Maori world.
    MUSIC101Secondary Performance Studies 119Y (Hamilton)
    Students develop musical interpretation and technical skills in their chosen instrument/voice through weekly individual lessons and broaden their repertoire knowledge and performance opportunities at Friday performance hour sessions.
    MUSIC112Music in Society: An Introduction to Western Music19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to Western music, its history, ideas and techniques.
    MUSIC115Composition 119B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
    The development of creative musical skills and techniques based on classical and popular idioms; song writing; melody writing; thematic development; harmonic understanding; two-part counterpoint. Computer technology will be used as a composition and publishing tool.
    MUSIC117Musicianship 119Y (Hamilton)
    An introduction to sight-reading, score reading, keyboard skills, choral and aural training and general musicianship.
    MUSIC118Performance Techniques 119A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    The development of performance techniques on piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar or voice, orchestral winds and brass.
    MUSIC119Harmony and Counterpoint 119Y (Hamilton)
    A study of harmony and counterpoint in the Western tradition using historical and contemporary models. Scores and sound files are realised using computer software.
    MUSIC120Performance 119A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops the fundamental techniques which enable you to perform proficiently in a public arena on your chosen instrument.
    MUSIC121Chamber Music 119Y (Hamilton)
    This paper provides practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations, sonata duo, piano duet, piano trio, string quartet, vocal ensemble, as well as orchestral and choral practice, and, for keyboard players, continuo and accompanying skills.
    MUSIC130Soloist Studies 119Y (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the biography of musical repertoire, musical styles, systems of intonation, and the dynamics of working with piano. Students gain a thorough knowledge and history of their chosen instrument.
    MUSIC131Soloist Performance19Y (Hamilton)
    Students learn to identify strengths and address weaknesses in their technical and interpretive skills. They develop their talent and stage presence through lessons, concert opportunities and preparation for competitions.
    MUSIC140Music Technology 1: Techniques and Creativity19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to electroacoustic music; the application of digital sound and MIDI devices in a musical context.
    MUSIC150New Zealand Music19B (Hamilton)
    An illustrated survey of New Zealand music, including Maori music, popular music and Western Classical music.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI241Te Ao Oro: The Māori World of Sound19A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the traditional instruments of the Maori and the rituals around their use. A practical element is included, which encourages students to make their own instruments and start to learn how to create compositions.
    MAORI257Kapa Haka: Noble Dances of the Māori19A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the theoretical and practical components of kapa haka as an influential and political phenomena of expression of Aotearoa/New Zealand and its influence on the landscape.
    MUSIC201Secondary Performance Studies 219Y (Hamilton)
    This course teaches fundamental technical and musical training to facilitate greater proficiency and understanding of your chosen musical instrument.
    MUSIC213History of Western Music: 1600-180019B (Hamilton)
    A critical and analytical survey of Western music during the late Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods.
    MUSIC215Composition 219A (Hamilton)
    The development of individual creative musical skills based on studies of historical and contemporary techniques in Western classical music.
    MUSIC218Performance Techniques 219A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This course introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument. These techniques will form the very foundation of your career as a performing musician.
    MUSIC220Performance 219A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This course introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument.
    MUSIC221Chamber Music 219Y (Hamilton)
    Development of chamber music skills that were introduced in MUSIC121/MUSI121.
    MUSIC222Orchestration19A (Hamilton)
    A study of writing for orchestral instruments, scoring for standard ensembles, arranging keyboard pieces and reducing orchestral and vocal works. Use of computer technology to generate orchestral mock-ups and make serviceable recordings is also taught.
    MUSIC226Music Theatre19T (Hamilton)
    This course provides a historical overview of British and American musical theatre and an introduction to the production processes and stagecraft associated with musicals, combined with practical exploration of a variety of singing, acting and dancing styles.
    MUSIC227Performance Ensemble: Choir/Orchestra19Y (Hamilton)
    This course comprises two streams: University Chamber Orchestra and University Chamber Choir. The course will cover discipline-specific ensemble skills, vocal/orchestral techniques and discipline, and relevant vocal and orchestral repertoire.
    MUSIC230Soloist Studies 219Y (Hamilton)
    This paper is available only for those students who have completed the year one Soloist Stream paper. These are for exceptional performers already working at an international level.
    MUSIC240Music Technology 2: Music and Visuals19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to music/sound composition for new media art through production, generation and improvisation.
    MUSIC250Lyric Diction and Language Studies19Y (Hamilton)
    Exploring the study of diction and language for singers, including IPA, English diction, Italian, French, and German. 100% internal assessment.
    THSTS212Theory and Practice of Contemporary Play Texts19B (Hamilton)
    A mixed practical and theoretical paper, designed to develop a stronger awareness and knowledge of rehearsal and stage performance protocols and proven performance techniques based on selected practitioners. Students prepare and perform monologues, scenes, songs for critique and feedback.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI357Mahi Whakaari: Māori Perofrming Arts19B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an in-depth examination of Kapa Haka, investigating the theoretical and practical application of creating original compositions, lyrics, music, action and choreography.
    MUSIC301Secondary Performance Studies Class19Y (Hamilton)
    Students further develop musical interpretation and technical skills in their chosen instrument/voice through weekly classes, and broaden their repertoire, knowledge and performance ability through Friday Performance Hour sessions.
    MUSIC315Composition 319A (Hamilton)
    The development of creative music skills, techniques and technologis based on studies in Western art music 1900 to the present.
    MUSIC318Performance Techniques 319A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    The development of advanced performance techniques.
    MUSIC320Performance 319A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This paper teaches more advanced techniques which enable students to perform more proficiently in a public arena on the chosen instrument.
    MUSIC321Chamber Music 319Y (Hamilton)
    This paper provides advanced practical experience and development in a variety of chamber music formations and may also include orchestral and choral practice, and, for keyboard players, continuo and accompanying skills.
    MUSIC323Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition19B (Hamilton)
    The supervised development of individual portfolios of original music.
    MUSIC327Performance Ensemble 219Y (Hamilton)
    This course comprises two streams: University Chamber Orchestra and University Chamber Choir. The course will cover discipline-specific ensemble skills, vocal/orchestral techniques and discipline, and relevant vocal and orchestral repertoire.
    MUSIC330Soloist Studies 319Y (Hamilton)
    This paper available only for students who have completed levels 1 and 2 Soloist studies. It is an intensive course of performance studies, aimed at those few students who are aiming for an international solo career in performance music.
    MUSIC340Music Technology 3: Sonic Art and Inter-media19A (Hamilton)
    A critical study of acousmatic music, generative music, and interactive systems in sound art; and the development of students' production and composition techniques and artistic understanding accordingly.
    MUSIC390Directed Study19Y (Hamilton)
    This is a special interest course which changes each year.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MUSIC501The Aesthetics of Music19Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC504Professional Performance Practice19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC505Composition Project19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC510Music and the Screen19Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC511Sonic Art19Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC514Composition Portfolio19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC522Composition Studies19Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC524Advanced Performance19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC528Performance Studies19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC560Special Topic19Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC590Directed Study19C (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    MUSIC591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    MUSIC592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    MUSIC593Music Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    MUSIC594Music Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MUSIC800Music MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MUSI901Music Creative Practice PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC900Music PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    MUSIC994DMA Thesis and Performance19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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