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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.Course topics covered include: The Māori world of music - traditional and contemporaryListening to and recognising music from Aotearoa including waiata and taonga pūoroBroken and retrieved/reinvented performing traditionsProblematics of the museum in cultural preservationKey dates and events in New Zealand Aotearoa cultural formationLandscape and NatureIsolationCultural meeting pointsRap and hip-hop in Aotearoa New ZealandPresenting NZ music to international audiencesElectroacoustic developments and a sense of placeKiwiana and IronyShort histories, small nationsDIY and the Garden ShedFlying Nun and its position in New Zealand
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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Weekly classes:1 x 2hr lecture and 1 x 1hr tutorial each week
Domestic fee $850.00
International fee $3,775.00
* 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.