Stage One courses

View the Stage One music courses available in 2019.

MUS 120 and MUS 121 Instrument Workshops:

  • W01C - Voice
  • W02C or W03C - Piano
  • W04C - String
  • W05C - Brass
  • W06C - Wind
  • W07C - All other instruments

MUS 102 - Materials of Music 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work begun in MUS 101 in harmony and analysis, aural skills and musicianship.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 101
  • Points: 15

MUS 103 - Music Fundamentals

  • Course prescription: A practical and theoretical overview of the fundamental written and aural skills required for music literacy. This course prepares students for MUS 104 and further university-level study and practice in music.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Restriction: MUS 100, may not be taken with or after passing MUS 101, 104, 174, 184, 284
  • Points: 15

MUS 104 - Music Literacies

  • Course prescription: The development of music theory, aural skills and perception necessary to be an effective musician. The study of basic theory, harmony, analysis, aural perception and musicianship with exemplars from classical, jazz and popular music genres. Includes a choral performance component.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 100 or 103 or Departmental approval.
  • Points: 15

MUS 106 - Ensemble Communication and Direction

  • Course prescription: An examination of the skills and techniques required for the communication and direction of ensembles including orchestras, bands, jazz and contemporary ensembles, choirs and other performing arts contexts. Includes knowledge of repertoire style, genre and period associated with directing music.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Points: 15

MUS 110 - Composition 1

  • Course prescription: An introduction to concepts, craftsmanship and creativity in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts. Students will learn and apply skills through the completion of both notational and sound-based exercises, in-class analysis, discussion of relevant repertoire and the realisation of an end-of-semester portfolio of original compositions.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: Entrance is by Composition Portfolio. Departmental approval.
  • Programme Restriction: Creative Practice: Composition specialisation, or by providing a composition portfolio (submit an enrolment concession to apply for this option).
  • Points: 15

MUS 111 - Composition 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work begun in MUS 110.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019.
  • Prerequisite: MUS 110 or MUSIC 110.
  • Points: 15

MUS 120 - Performance 1

  • Course prescription: Individual lessons and performance classes on an approved instrument or voice. (see course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • Prerequisite: Entrance by audition. Departmental approval.
  • Programme Restriction: Creative Practice: Classical 
  • Points: 15

MUS 121 - Performance 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 120. See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • Prerequisite: MUS 120 or MUSIC 120
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical 
  • Points: 15

MUS 130 - Introduction to Music Technology

  • Course prescription: A survey of the technology available to assist musicians, and an introduction to modern music production. Topics include: Modern DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) functionality, MIDI and audio recording/editing, synthesis, and multi-track mixing.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2019.
  • Restriction: MUS 119
  • Points: 15

MUS 143 - Contemporary Music Culture

  • Course prescription: An introductory overview of today’s diverse musical culture. Explores contemporary trends in so-called ‘classical’ music, jazz, production and popular genres, as well as the impact of technological innovation (sound recording, film, social media) on our day-to-day musical activities. Emphasis is placed on creative practice in music and the performing arts.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019.
  • Points: 15

MUS 144G - Turning-Points in Western Music

  • Course prescription: A study of significant people, major discoveries and inventions, and key factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were important agents of change in Western music. No previous music of knowledge assumed.
  • Semester availability: Summer School, Semester One and Semester Two 2019
  • Note: Not available for those studying a Music degree.
  • Points: 15

MUS 145 - Western Music Across the Centuries

  • Course prescription: A comprehensive overview of the enormously rich repertory of Western music, from the beginnings of a literate tradition, through the classical giants, to the present day.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019.
  • Points: 15

MUS 149/149G - Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

  • Course prescription: An introduction to New Zealand’s home-grown popular music, from the 1950s to the present day. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019.
  • Points: 15

MUS 162 - Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning

  • Course prescription: A conceptual and practical introduction to music teaching and learning in its various forms and contexts. A survey of the field including studio pedagogy, music education methods, school music, community music, lesson planning, composition and improvisation pedagogy, and foundational knowledge of music teaching and learning.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Restriction: MUS 160
  • Points: 15

MUS 170 - Jazz Performance 1

  • Course prescription: The development of instrumental technique and improvisational skills though in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant musical analysis. This course prepares students who major in Jazz Performance and includes 1:1 tuition and group based improvisation classes.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite:  Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval.
  • Corequisite: MUS 197
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz
  • Points: 15

MUS 171 - Jazz Performance 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 170.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 170 or JAZZ 101 and 107
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz
  • Points: 15

MUS 174 - Jazz Theory and Musicianship 1

  • Course prescription: An introduction to jazz theory and musicianship skills including aural and harmony. Coursework prepares students for the implementation of fundamental written theoretical skills. This course also includes a keyboard tutorial.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Corequisite: MUS 104
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz and Music Studies
  • Points: 15

MUS 180 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 1

  • Course prescription: Exploration of ideas and processes in the creation and presentation of popular music through workshops, seminars and group discussion. Students will write songs, compose music, use music recording and production techniques and present aspects of their coursework in live performance.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval.
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Popular Music.
  • Points: 15

MUS 181 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 180.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 180
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Popular Music.
  • Points: 15

MUS 188 - Making Words Sing: The Art and Soul of Songwriting

  • Course prescription: A widescreen survey of contemporary songwriting, its various origins, directions, themes and principles with specific reference to the work, styles and lyrical techniques of prominent songwriters from the past half century. Songwriting from English music hall, through the Beatles and Bob Dylan to contemporary singer-songwriters and today's hip-hop stars.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019 
  • Points: 15

MUS 190A / B - Auxillary Performance Study 1

  • Course prescription: Individual tuition on an approved instrument or voice. Suited for a practical component for Music Studies or Composition students or as an approved instrument for Classical, Jazz or Popular Music students.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval.
  • Note: Submit an enrolment concession to apply for an audition 
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 190A (7.5pts) and MUS 190B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 191A / B - Classical Ensembles 1

  • Course prescription: The development of performance skills through ensemble work including chamber music, string orchestra, wind orchestra, flute choir, contemporary ensembles and other combinations.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite:  Departmental approval.
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical.
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 191A (7.5pts) and MUS 191B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 192A / B - Performance Skills for Instrumentalists 1

  • Course prescription: The development of a range of instrumental performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental studio including collaborative piano, repertoire studies, ensemble techniques, basic pedagogy, keyboard skills, accompanying and other applications.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical.Points: 
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 192A (7.5pts) and MUS 192B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 193A / B - Performance Skills for Singers 1

  • Course prescription: The introduction of vocal practices that help voice students develop and sustain a professional vocal career. This course aims to give vocal students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to develop and maintain vocal health in diverse performing contexts.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical.
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 193A (7.5pts) and MUS 193B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 196A / B - Popular Music Instrumental Performance 1

  • Course prescription: The development of instrumental technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and the relevant musical analyses of set works. In addition, students will develop skills in improvisation, transcription and sight-reading. This course prepares students who major in Popular Music with 1:1 instrumental tuition and group based ensemble classes.
  • Semester availabilty: Semester One commencement only
  • Prerequisite: Entrance is by audition. Departmental approval.
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Popular Music
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 196A (7.5pts) and MUS 196B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)

MUS 197A / B - Jazz Ensembles

  • Course Prescription: The application of instrumental and improvisional techniques through performance practice. This course develops stylistic, interpretive and literary musical skills through a variety of large and small ensembles. Students are placed by audition into a small group combo and a large group.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • Corequisite: MUS 170
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 197A (7.5pts) and MUS 197B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)