MUSA250-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Music in our Community 1: Surveying the Scene

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course aims to survey the musical practices of a music community, either geographical or virtual; participate as an observer in a practical community-based music-making project and document the event(s) with an analysis of its impact, appeal, outreach and niche.

MUSA250 begins the process of informing students and developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for young graduates to take on important community music roles in teaching and in leadership.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have:
*  Acquired knowledge of music practices across the community (including geographical and virtual communities);
*  Developed a knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding community music-making including the role of schools, choral and instrumental organisations, bands, underground music scenes, the music industry;
*  Acquired knowledge of community engagement, local participation and outreach activities;
*  Acquired knowledge of the social functions of music;
*  Learned ways of documenting and reflected on practical community-based activities.

Students who pass this course will have gained experience in:
*  Organisational skills: goal setting, working to deadlines, multi-tasking;
*  Research skills:  gathering and interpreting date, creative problem solving;
*  Collaborative and co-operative skills;
*  Critical thinking skills;
*  Self-reflective skills.


30 points of MUSA at 100 level

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
*  24 hours attending lectures
*  44 hours researching and writing survey project
*  20 hours community participation
*  10 hours online learning log / exchanges with tutor
*  52 hours researching, documenting and collating material for participation/research project.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department

Course Coordinator:  Yoomia Sim


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 40% Survey of a community-based music project.
Assignment 2 60% Participation in, research and reporting of a community-based music project.


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work will be handwritten and submitted in class time.

You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools.  LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using LEARN, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,888.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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