For proficient performers, UC offers individual lessons and group classes in a wide range of musical instruments and voice, alongside opportunities to join large and small ensembles and the UC Chamber Choir, Consortia.
Classes are also offered in Conducting for all Bachelor of Music students at 300-level.
How to apply
Entry into the Performance major is limited and based on a Te Kura Puoro | School of Music audition. Applications for Performance courses should be made to Te Kura Puoro | School of Music as soon as possible (no later than 20 September 2019). Early auditions begin the weekend of 24 August 2019.
UC also offers non-major Performance courses to develop basic skills in musical performance or develop skills in a second instrument or voice.
See the Bachelor of Music for more information.
UC offers a major in Performance as part of the Bachelor of Music.
Your first year will teach you the essential basic skills such as sight-reading music and understanding rhythm and tempo, as well as working with an accompaniment and in small or large groups. You will also develop in-depth technical and performance knowledge for your specific instrument or voice.
Advanced Performance major courses will develop further musical literacy and performance techniques, including orchestral arrangement and conducting, and teaching music as a business.
Students studying other degrees at UC that want to develop technical performance skills in an instrument or voice can choose to take MUSA 143 Performance (Non-Major) 1.
To complete a major in Performance within the Bachelor of Music, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
At any year level, students must also choose two of the following:
Majoring in Performance will provide you with essential experience as a soloist and ensemble performer, participating regularly in public performances in Ōtautahi Christchurch city and beyond. Many UC graduates have gained professional positions in orchestras, choirs, musical theatre, and broadcasting. Other career paths include music education, music therapy, and arts administration and leadership.
People with strong musical talents are highly sought after by event organisers and arts businesses.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Music.
See the School's website for up-to-date location information.
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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