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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.
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 activitiesTransferable SkillsStudents 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.
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.
WORKLOADStudent 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
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.
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Humanities and Creative Arts