Music Papers at Tauranga (2023)

Whether you have musical skill and ambition or just a sheer love of music, this subject allows you to sharpen your musical talent and appreciation with the guidance of our internationally acclaimed musicians and lecturers. By combining theory with practical tuition, you will learn different styles and techniques that build your skill-base in the areas of music and have countless opportunities for public performance and access to a world-class performing arts venue.

Music is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Music may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division 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, MUSIC213 and MUSIC314.

To complete Music as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Music, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include MUSIC112, MUSIC213 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 three different streams for the Bachelor of Music (BMus).

Candidates must complete the requirements of the specified programme in Music including MUSIC112, MUSIC115, MUSIC116, MUSIC213, and MUSIC314.

To complete a BMus (Academic), students must complete the required papers and a further 105 points from Music, and 135 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Composition), students must complete MUSIC140 and a further 15 points at 100-level, MUSIC215, MUSIC219, MUSIC222, MUSIC240, MUSIC315, MUSIC323 and MUSIC340, and 105 points from elective papers.

To complete a BMus (Performance), students must complete MUSIC118, MUSIC120, MUSIC121 or MUSIC122, MUSIC218, MUSIC220, MUSIC221, MUSIC227, MUSIC318, MUSIC320, MUSIC321, MUSIC327 and 75 points from elective papers.

Note: 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.

Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences for programme advice.

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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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    MUSIC1121000 years of Music15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    An introduction to music, its history, ideas and techniques.
    MUSIC115Composition 115.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    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.
    MUSIC116Harmony and Counterpoint and Musicianship15.023D (Hamilton) & 23D (Tauranga)
    A study of harmony and counterpoint in the Western tradition using historical and contemporary models, with practical application through sightsinging, dictation and keyboard skills.
    MUSIC118Performance Techniques 115.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces the fundamental techniques that enable you to perform professionally in a public arena on your chosen instrument - piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar or voice, orchestral winds and brass.
    MUSIC120Performance 115.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    This paper continues to develop the fundamental techniques which enable you to perform proficiently in a public arena on your chosen instrument.
    MUSIC121Classical Collaborations15.023D (Hamilton) & 23D (Tauranga)
    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.
    MUSIC122Musical Collaborations15.023D (Hamilton) & 23D (Tauranga)
    This paper is about collaborating with sound. Join the jazz big band, or form a musical ensemble (band, barbershop quartet, jazz trio, brass ensemble, anything at all), receive coaching and prepare for two public performances.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    MUSIC213History and Analysis of Music: 1600-1800: Monteverdi to Mozart15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
    A critical and analytical survey of Western music during the late Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods.
    MUSIC215Composition 215.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    The development of individual creative musical skills based on studies of historical and contemporary techniques in Western classical music.

2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 21 March 2023 10:02am

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