MUSA397-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Collaborative Group Project

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 supervised creative project involving collaboration with one or more musicians, and/or with other arts practitioner(s). The student may be involved as a performer, composer, improviser, producer, or similar musical activity.

This course gives the student an opportunity to embark on a guided collaborative experience with other students studying at UC. The final output of the project can be a performance, a recording, an installation or other site-specific work.

The project should take place concurrently with the student’s enrolment in the course, and ideally the collaborators should be UC students and concurrently enrolled in MUSA397.

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to engage artistically with professional or amateur musicians in the broader community
  • Skills in interdisciplinary musical practice
  • Awareness of musical or artistic context of their work outside of the classroom
  • The ability to articulate musical goals to those outside their area of expertise

    Transferable Skills
  • Self-assessment
  • Goal-setting
  • Time-management and meeting deadlines
  • Design and construction skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
    • 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.


Any 45 points at 200 level from MUSA, and permission from the Head of School.

Timetable Note


Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 12 hours attending individual tutorials
• 100 hours collaborative work
• 38 preparation of project description

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Description 25%
Creative Work 75%

The final form of the work should be agreed upon at the beginning of the semester between the student and the instructor. This can include, but is not limited to, a musical score, recording, video, or audio-visual documentation of a site-specific or performance work.

In addition, students should submit a written text that explains: The nature of the work and any relevant aesthetic or theoretical background; A detailed explanation of the role and responsibilities of the student; Information about the other members of the group and their role in the collaboration; A short descriptive passage that could serve as a program note for a recording, performance, or exhibition.

All assessments are due by the date specified in the Assessments section on the course page in LEARN, and should be submitted through the LEARN system. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the deadline with a 10% penalty.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Barrett, Margaret S; Collaborative creative thought and practice in music ; Ashgate, 2014.

Frodeman, Robert. , Klein, Julie Thompson., Pacheco, Roberto C. S; The Oxford handbook of interdisciplinarity ; Second edition; Oxford University Press, 2017.

O'Hara, Kenton. , Brown, Barry; Consuming music together : social and collaborative aspects of music consumption technologies ; Springer, 2006.

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 MUSA397 Occurrences

  • MUSA397-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022