The music industry is a dynamic employment market, offering paid work to a vast array of practitioners around the world. This is befitting of an art form that has prevailed across all cultures and societies throughout history.
Much of the rapid development of the music industry has occurred very recently, in the last 25 years, and is the result of the explosion of digital technology and re-definition of social communities and culture. This has opened up new areas of expertise for music professionals, though not eclipsing the more traditional roles of teaching, conducting, music leadership, and performing as a soloist or in a group.
- Te Kura Puoro | School of Music offers an exciting range of courses at all levels in performance, composition, songwriting, digital music, music history, and musicianship, as well as internships and collaborative projects.
- The Bachelor of Music (MusB) degree offers pathways for students and a broad range of career opportunities for aspiring professional musicians. The three majors focus on:
- Music courses are open to students across the University, providing a wide choice of high-quality courses for music majors, and for those studying other qualifications who wish to include music studies in their degree.
Choosing your degree programme
The Bachelor of Arts major or minor in Music offers flexibility to combine Music study with other subjects. BA students studying other majors or minors can also choose from a wide selection of Music courses.
Double degrees, for example a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music combination, are another option.
Most music courses are open to students without prior experience. Performance and New Music courses have limited entry and require applications (see below).
Entry to all first-year performance courses is by application and an audition. Application forms are available on Te Kura Puoro | School of Music website. Early auditions begin 24 August 2019. Applications should be submitted by 20 September 2019.
If you are unsure about how to plan your studies to cater for your background and aspirations, please contact the Te Kura Puoro | School of Music.
Composition or songwriting courses
An application including a small portfolio of previous works is required for entry into MUSA 120 Songwriting 1 and MUSA 121 Notated Composition 1A, and should be made to Te Kura Puoro | School of Music by 31 January 2020. For the application form to accompany your portfolio submission, see the Te Kura Puoro | School of Music website.
Entry into MUSA 120 Song Writing 1 requires the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates your songwriting abilities. This portfolio may contain recordings and/or notated songs, and the notation format may include anything from a lead sheet to a fully notated music score. A typical portfolio will contain approximately three songs that demonstrate your stylistic breadth and songwriting strengths.
Entry into MUSA 121 Notated Composition 1A requires the submission of a portfolio of approximately three notated works that demonstrate your composition style and strengths to date. It should include notated scores for each composition (handwritten or computer typeset), and may also include recordings and/or MIDI files.
UC also offers a major and a minor in Music as part of the Bachelor of Arts.
Bachelor of Music
See the Bachelor of Music for the compulsory Music courses in the degree.
As well as core courses in music, students also study towards one of the following majors:
To complete a major in Music within the Bachelor of Arts, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
Plus at least one of:
- MUSA 125 Music Technologies
- MUSA 131 Song, Symphonies and Samples: Music in a Changing World
- MUSA 150 Music in Aotearoa New Zealand
Plus at least one of:
- MUSA 231 The European Concert Tradition
- MUSA 232 Musics of the World
- MUSA 233 Popular Music in Context
- MUSA 234 Contemporary Music
- MUSA 250 Music in our Community
- 60 points from 300-level MUSA courses
For the Music minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, you will need to take these courses throughout your chosen degree:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level MUSA courses, with at least 45 points at 200-level or above
Performance and Composition/Songwriting courses
Some 100-level performance and songwriting Music courses are limited entry and require an application, audition, or a portfolio of works. See 'Recommended preparation' above.
Advanced performance and songwriting courses will require previous completion of these courses for entry.
Music graduates are found in a wide range of occupations including positions in orchestras, choirs, opera houses, conservatories, universities, schools, and other education contexts. They are prominent in areas of leadership such as arts administration and management.
Those who wish to work in education find that the inclusion of some music in their degree can be beneficial.
UC Music graduates also work in fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning and production), publishing, and in technical areas such as recording, digital music, sound engineering, and music technology.
People with musical talent are sought by festival organisers and arts organisations.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Music.
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