MUSA150-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

This occurrence is not offered in 2021

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 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
Cultural meeting points
Rap and hip-hop in Aotearoa New Zealand
Presenting NZ music to international audiences
Electroacoustic developments and a sense of place
Kiwiana and Irony
Short histories, small nations
DIY and the Garden Shed
Flying Nun and its position in New Zealand

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 Note

Weekly classes:
1 x 2hr lecture and 1 x 1hr tutorial each week

Course Coordinator

Glenda Keam


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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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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  • MUSA150-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021 - Not Offered