Postgraduate courses

The BMus(Hons) majors and PGDipMus suites are constructed as follows:

Classical Performance:

  • MUS 720 + 721 + 2 x Music academic writing courses + 2 x postgraduate Music courses

Composition:

  • MUS 710A/B and either:
    • MUS 714A/B + 2 x Music academic writing courses + 2 x postgraduate Music courses, or
    • MUS 715A/B + 2 x Music academic writing courses + 2 x postgraduate Music courses

Jazz Performance:

  • MUS 770 + 771 + 772 + 773 + 2 x Music academic writing courses

Musicology (Musicology):

  • MUS 701 + 740 and either: 
    • MUS 742 + 4 x postgraduate Music courses, or
    • MUS 790A/B + 4 x postgraduate Music courses

Musicology (Music Education):

  • MUS 741 + 760 and either:
    • MUS 742 + 4 x postgraduate Music courses, or
    • MUS 790A/B + 4 x postgraduate Music courses

Studio Pedagogy:

  • MUS 724 + 725 + 741 + 761 + 2 x postgraduate Music courses

Master of Music course information is located at the end of this page.

Music Academic Writing Courses

MUS 701 - Advanced Analysis

  • Course prescription: Develops advanced analytical research skills, focusing on one or more specific repertoires and/or analytical techniques (such as voice-leading analysis, schemata, topics, set theory, metrical analysis or form-functional analysis).
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 340 or 342 or MUSIC 301
  • Points: 15

MUS 740 - Concepts and Methods in Historical Musicology

  • Course prescription: An overview of the discipline of historical musicology, its principal concepts and associated methods of research. Students consider key texts from the scholarly literature and design an individual research project related to their research interests and experience. This course also helps to develop advanced writing skills.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 340 or 342, 341 or Departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUSIC 750
  • Points: 15

MUS 741 - Concepts and Methods in Practical Music Research

  • Course prescription: An overview of concepts and methods for practical, creative and music education research. Students investigate different forms of creative and qualitative research, surveys, action research and practice-led research, and design an individual music research topic of interest. (Suitable for Music Education/Studio Pedagogy majors as well as students from Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors with an interest in practical research.)
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 744 - Musicians’ Health

  • Course prescription: An advanced examination of the critical physical and psychological health issues musicians encounter when preparing for performances and when performing. Topics include aspects of musculoskeletal health, focal dystonia, the protection of the voice and hearing, the role of movement disciplines and the management of stress and music performance anxiety. An inquiry into research from both science and arts disciplines that informs how musicians maintain physical and psychological well-being.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUS 344
  • Points: 15

MUS 748 - Choral Repertoire and Pedagogy

  • Course prescription: An overview of choral literature and the pedagogical skills to bring the discipline to the rehearsal room and the concert platform. The course includes analysis, score preparation and attendance at rehearsals/performances of community, tertiary and secondary ensembles.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programume restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 206 or MUSIC 206
  • Restriction: MUSIC 348
  • Points: 15

MUS 756 - Special Topic: String Quartet

  • Course prescription: The string quartet in the Eighteenth Century. Models of language and social behaviour. 
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 757 - Special Topic: Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Course prescription: TBC
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: Deparmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 760 - Themes in Music Education Research

  • Course prescription: A survey of recent Music Education research themes, topics and findings, along with implications and applications for teaching practice and music learning.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music Education or Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 761 - Studio Pedagogy and Research

  • Course prescription: The study of practical concepts and research for studio pedagogy in selected contexts from vocal, instrumental, composition, jazz and popular music learning. Explorations of teaching practices, repertoire, concept/skill/technical development, lesson design and pedagogical research.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Studio Pedagogy Major
  • Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage III in Music Education or MUS 323 or Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

All students wishing to undertake MUS 726, MUS 753, MUS 742 and/or MUS 790A&B must:

Enrolment into one of these courses requires the approval of your Research Project Application Form by the School of Music; as well as you meeting any prerequisite requirements. 

MUS 726 - Aspects of Performance Practice

  • Course prescription: Selected research for discussion and investigation from the field of Performance Practice and its documentation. The study of source materials; individual projects; performance and/or teaching and direction of music from the area studied.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 224 or 324 or MUSIC 251 or 351 or departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUSIC 751
  • Points: 15

MUS 742 - Independent Music Research

  • Course prescription: An independent course of music research.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 30
  • Note: This is a Music academic writing course

MUS 753 - Research Project

  • Course prescription: An independent course of written research supervised by a staff member in the field of musicology or music education. 
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15
  • Note: This is a Music academic writing course

MUS 790A/B - Dissertation

  • Course prescription: A supervised course of musicological or music education research culminating in a dissertation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019 commencement
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Note: This is a Music academic writing course
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 790A (15pts) and MUS 790B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)

Postgraduate Music General Courses

MUS 710A/B - Composition Research Portfolio

  • Course prescription: Facilitation of individually negotiated creative projects in instrumental/vocal composition and/or sonic arts. Students will develop refined compositional skills through research in advanced notational and/or sound-based techniques, the study of relevant repertoire, and the realisation of an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions. The portfolio may contain works for solo instrument, voice, small and large ensemble, orchestra, and/or sonic arts genres including multichannel acousmatic music, performance-based sonic art, visual music, and interactive installation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 311 or 317 or MUSIC 311 or 317 or departmental approval
  • Corequisite: MUS 714 or 715
  • Restriction: MUS 716, MUSIC 710, 715
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 710A (15pts) and MUS 710B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 714A/B - Advanced Orchestration

  • Course prescription: Advanced orchestration and instrumentation, including contemporary instrumental and vocal techniques, with practical scoring exercises. Composition students are expected to be writing original music in this course.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 314 or MUSIC 215 or departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUSIC 714
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 714A (15pts) and MUS 714B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 715A/B - Advanced Electroacoustic Music Studies

  • Course prescription: Examination of a wide range of advanced sound-based compositional techniques including multichannel acousmatic music, performance-based sonic art, visual music and interactive installation. Topics will be investigated through practice-led research methodology, supported with repertoire and literature studies.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 315 or departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUSIC 715
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 714A (15pts) and MUS 714B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 720 - Performance Research I

  • Course prescription: Creative research in aspects of solo performance. Relevant ensemble work, including orchestral rehearsals and performance, may be required.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 321 or 307 or MUSIC 321 or departmental approval
  • Points: 30

MUS 721 - Performance Research II

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the creative research undertaken in MUS 720.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 720 or MUSIC 720
  • Points: 30

MUS 722 - Chamber Music Research I

  • Course prescription: Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Note: Students must submit an enrolment concession for this course
  • Corequisite: MUS 720 or 721 or 724 or 725
  • Restriction: MUSIC 738
  • Points: 15

MUS 723 - Chamber Music Research II

  • Course prescription: Advanced work in the field of chamber music and ensemble playing.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Note: Students must submit an enrolment concession for this course
  • Corequisite: MUS 720 or 721 or 724 or 725
  • Restriction: MUSIC 739
  • Points: 15

MUS 724 - Performance Pedagogy I

  • Course prescription: The study of instrumental technique, repertoire and aspects of pedagogy for studio teaching.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Studio Pedagogy Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 321 and 323, or 371 or 382 or departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUS 720 or 721
  • Points: 30

MUS 725 - Performance Pedagogy II

  • Course prescription: The study of instrumental technique, repertoire and aspects of pedagogy for studio teaching.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Studio Pedagogy Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 724
  • Points: 30

MUS 755 - Special Topic: Editing as Interpretation

  • Course prescription: TBC
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 770 - Jazz Performance Research I

  • Course prescription: Practical research in instrumental technique leading to the development of advanced improvisational skills. Students prepare a recital reflecting the technical work undertaken in the semester. Students engage with practice through ensemble and 1:1 instruction.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Jazz Performance Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 371 or JAZZ 302
  • Points: 30

MUS 771 - Jazz Performance Research II

  • Course prescription: A continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 770.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Jazz Performance Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 770
  • Points: 30

MUS 772 - Jazz Composition and Arranging I

  • Course prescription: Jazz arranging and composition for mixed ensembles. Through the analysis and study of advanced compositional and orchestration techniques, students produce original research material for recorded portfolio. Students are encouraged to perform with a 'mentor' from the jazz faculty in the development of a creative process and individual style.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: Jazz Performance Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 376 or JAZZ 306
  • Points: 15

MUS 773 - Jazz Composition and Arranging II

  • Course prescription: A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 772 for a variety of ensembles.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: Jazz Performance Major
  • Prerequisite: MUS 772
  • Points: 15

Music Elective Study Courses

All students wishing to undertake an elective study course must:

Enrolment into one of these courses requires the approval of your Research Project Application Form by the School of Music; as well as you meeting any prerequisite requirements. 

MUS 726 - Aspects of Performance Practice

  • Course prescription: Selected research for discussion and investigation from the field of Performance Practice and its documentation. The study of source materials; individual projects; performance and/or teaching and direction of music from the area studied.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: MUS 224 or 324 or MUSIC 251 or 351 or departmental approval
  • Restriction: MUSIC 751
  • Points: 15

MUS 742 - Independent Music Research

  • Course prescription: An independent course of music research.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 30
  • Note: This is a Music academic writing course

MUS 750 - Performance Research Project

  • Course prescription: A supervised course of advanced music performance research culminating in a performance and associated written material.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 751 - Performance Research Project

  • Course prescription: A supervised course of advanced music performance research culminating in a performance and associated written material.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Points: 15

MUS 790A/B - Dissertation

  • Course prescription: A supervised course of musicological or music education research culminating in a dissertation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019 commencement
  • Programme restriction: BMus(Hons) and PGDipMus
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Note: This is a Music academic writing course
  • Points: 30 total (students must enrol in MUS 790A (15pts) and MUS 790B (15pts) as this is a double-semester course)

Master of Music Courses

These are double-semester courses. A student must enrol into both the A and B components of the course. Please note:

  • Enrolment in the A component of a double-semester course confirms enrolment in the B component. 
  • You have until the fourth Friday of the semester in which you enrol into the A component to make changes without penalty. 
  • After this point, you are liable for the total fees for the A and B component course (full or part-time), and this includes if you withdraw from the course.

MUS 792A/B - Performance Research Portfolio

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Performance
  • Prerequisite: MUS 721 or 771 or MUSIC 721, or MUSIC 722 and 723, or MUSIC 728 
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 792A (60pts) and MUS 792B (60pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 791A/B - Performance Research Portfolio (part-time)

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Performance
  • Prerequisite: MUS 721 or 771 or MUSIC 721, or MUSIC 722 and 723, or MUSIC 728 
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 791A (30pts) and MUS 791B (30pts) twice, spread across two years. The total 120-point enrolment is a double-semester course)

MUS 795A/B - Composition Research Portfolio

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Composition
  • Prerequisite: MUS 710 or MUSIC 710
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 795A (60pts) and MUS 795B (60pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 794A/B - Composition Research Portfolio (part-time)

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Composition
  • Prerequisite: MUS 710 or MUSIC 710
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 794A (30pts) and MUS 794B (30pts) twice, spread across two years. The total 120-point enrolment is a double-semester course)

MUS 796A/B - Thesis

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Musicology 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 740 or 741 or MUSIC 750
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 796A (60pts) and MUS 796B (60pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 799A/B – Thesis (part-time)

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Musicology 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 740 or 741 or MUSIC 750
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 799A (30pts) and MUS 799B (30pts) twice, spread across two years. The total 120-point enrolment is a double-semester course)

MUS 798A/B - Studio Pedagogy Research Portfolio

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Studio Pedagogy
  • Prerequisite: MUS 725 or Departmental approval
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 798A (60pts) and MUS 798B (60pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 793A/B - Studio Pedagogy Research Portfolio (part-time)

  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019 
  • Programme restriction: MMus in Studio Pedagogy
  • Prerequisite: MUS 725 or Departmental approval
  • Points: 120 total (students must enrol in MUS 793A (30pts) and MUS 793B (30pts) twice, spread across two years. The total 120-point enrolment is a double-semester course)