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 School of Music audition. Early auditions begin August 25–27 2018. Applications for Performance courses should be made to the School of Music as soon as possible (no later than 17 October 2018).
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.
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.
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
Private Bag 4800
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