MUSA250-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Music in our Community

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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.

This course aims to support student understanding of the ways that musicians participate in and contribute to their communities – either geographical or virtual – and to enhance self-reflection through community engagement. Topics include an investigation into the contemporary realities of bicultural New Zealand, approaches to futureproofing and resilience for musical futures, issues of respect and understanding in cultural exchanges, personal engagement and commitment to a project, and improving presentation skills and audience engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have:
● Acquired knowledge of music practices across the community, including geographical and virtual communities, and across the bicultural landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand;
● 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 reflecting on practical community-based activities

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

University Graduate Attributes

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

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.


Any 30 points at 100 level from MUSA.

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
● 24 hours attending lectures
● 4 hours completing Take Home Test
● 12 hours Wiki Project
● 40 hours Research Exercise
● 70 hours researching, documenting and collating material for Seminar / Report

Course Coordinator

Glenda Keam


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Take Home Test 30 Jul 2020 10% Issued 23 July
Wiki Project 20% Weekly entries from 30 July - 1 October - Due weekly
Research Exercise 24 Sep 2020 30% Critique of a community music-making activity/organation
Seminar/Report 16 Oct 2020 40% Students present seminars on 8 and 15 October*, and submit a written report by 16 October

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,000.00

* 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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