MUSA150-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A broad-genre approach to the history of music in and of Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular emphasis on notions of identity in a bicultural society, musical identity, sound and place.

This course aims to offer a broad-genre approach to the history of music in and of Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular emphasis on socio-musicological developments since World War II, and the evolution of bicultural nationhood as expressed through our music-making. The course includes an exploration of concepts of cultural identity, musical identity, sound and place.

• The Māori world of music - traditional and contemporary
• Listening to and recognising music from Aotearoa including waiata and taonga pūoro
• Broken and retrieved/reinvented performing traditions
• Problematics of the museum in cultural preservation
• Key dates and events in New Zealand Aotearoa cultural formation
• Landscape and Nature
• Isolation
• Cultural meeting points
• NZ rap and hip-hop
• Performers and Composers working together in New Zealand
• Presenting NZ music to international audiences
• Kiwiana and Irony
• Short histories, small nations
• DIY and the Garden Shed
• Flying Nun and its position in NZ

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:

  • Knowledge of a broad range of New Zealand music including waiata and taonga pūoro, and contemporary Māori music;
  • Knowledge of music and musical artists of Aotearoa New Zealand across a range of genres and historical periods, and the ability to discuss some musical aspects of those works and relate them to the broader contexts of New Zealand culture and society;
  • Appreciation of the effects of colonisation and globalisation on cultural practices in Aotearoa New Zealand, and on notions of sound and place;
  • The ability to discuss and critique notions of ‘knowledge’ and ‘norms’ particularly as applied to understandings of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, te tiriti o Aotearoa, and the place of music in cultural practice and beliefs;
  • Bicultural competence and confidence in relation to discussions and critiques of the music of Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 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
• 12 hours attending tutorials
• 15 hours writing essay
• 20 hours preparing for listening test
• 25 hours writing review assignment
• 30 hours preparing and writing research assignment
• 24 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Glenda Keam


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 20%
Review Assignment 25%
Interview/Research Assignment 25%
Listening Test 30%

There are four assessment items for this course.

The Listening Test will occur in the classroom; all other assessments are due by 12 pm on the specified dates, to be uploaded to the appropriate assignment drop box in LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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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