MUSA212-22S2 (A) Semester Two 2022 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Current Trends in Composition

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


A survey of techniques and trends in post-tonal music, with an emphasis on present-day repertoire. The course aims to give a global perspective on the plurality of evolving cultures of contemporary art music that exist today. From this perspective the student can take their first steps, or further steps, towards identifying their own unique voice and finding their place in the world of contemporary music. Advanced concepts in musical materials, transformation, development, handling of form, and instrumental performance techniques, are also taught.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

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.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


MUSA100; and one of MUSA110, MUSA114, MUSA115


Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:30 - 15:30 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 25 Sep
3 Oct - 23 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:30 - 17:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 25 Sep
3 Oct - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Mentoring 15%
Workshop Presntation 20%
Composition Portfolio 65%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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 .

All MUSA212 Occurrences

  • MUSA212-22S2 (A) Semester Two 2022 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)