The music industry has changed a lot in the last 30 years with the explosion of digital technology and changes in society and culture. This has opened up new areas for music professionals, alongside teaching, conducting, leadership, and performing.
At UC, we have a number of ways you can follow your interest in Music. Choose from four specialised majors as part of a Bachelor of Music, take courses towards a major or minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts, or study music as a minor in a wide range of other degrees.
- With a Bachelor of Music you can major or double major in Composition, Performance, Music Studies, or Creative Music Technologies.
- Choose from a large range of courses in performance, composition, digital music, world music, music history, musicianship and music theory, and community music.
- Enjoy the unique learning spaces in our Te Matatiki Toi Ora | Arts Centre campus.
- Connect with the community through internships, performances, and collaborative projects.
Most Music courses are available without any prior experience.
Entry to all first-year Performance courses is by application and an audition in an instrument or in singing. Application forms are available on Te Kura Puoro | School of Music website. Early auditions begin 22 August. Applications should be submitted by 20 September.
Bachelor of Music
See the Bachelor of Music for the compulsory Music courses in the degree.
As well as core courses in music, you also study towards one of the following majors:
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- 60 points of courses chosen from 300-level MUSA courses
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level MUSA courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
The wide range of courses you take during your degree will set you up with skills to perform, create, and critically engage with music and the music industry.
Some career pathways could include:
- Orchestras, choirs, and opera houses
- Festival management
- Journalism and radio
- Digital production.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Music.
Music building – see campus maps – and Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street Christchurch
Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts
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