Stage One courses

2022

  • If this is your first year enrolling for a BMus or conjoint degree, then check out our First Year of Music enrolment planning guide. 
  • The below list of course offerings include all specialisation-specific and open-enrolment Stage One MUS offerings. Please review the 'Programme Restriction' section of a course for details on who can enrol. 

MUS 103 and MUS 104

All BMus and conjoint students take MUS 103 and MUS 104 as standard:  

  • There is the option of taking a theory test to see if you can enter directly into MUS 104 without having completed MUS 103. 
  • If you wish to take this test, then please see the MUS 103 Canvas page where it will be available from the 1st February onwards. 
  • You must be enrolled in MUS 103 to access this test. 
  • You will be notified of the result via email and if you are approved to enter directly into MUS 104, then you will then be able to drop MUS 103. 

MUS 103 - Music Fundamentals - Online course

  • 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.
  • Note: This is a 100% online course. Students must attend all lectures and tutorials
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Restriction: MUS 100, 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 Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 100 or 103 or Departmental approval.
  • Points: 15

Courses offered this year

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
  • Points: 15

MUS 110 - Composition 1

  • Course prescription: Foundational studies in music composition and sonic arts. Modular content includes: rhythm and meter, melody and harmony, structure and gesture, time and meter, synthesis and notation and repertoire study. Students may complete Composition 1 and Composition 2 in any order.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Points: 15

MUS 111 - Composition 2

  • Course prescription: Foundational studies in music composition and sonic arts. Modular content includes: rhythm and form, timbre and texture, aesthetics and function, style and idea, material and manipulation, creative planning and processes and the composer in society. Students may complete Composition 1 and Composition 2 in any order..
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • 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 and Two
  • Programme Restriction: Creative Practice: Classical
  • Points: 15

Instrument workshops:

  • W01C - Voice
  • W02C - Piano
  • W03C - String
  • W04C - Brass
  • W05C - Wind
  • W00C - All other instruments

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 One and Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 120 or MUSIC 120
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Classical
  • Points: 15

Instrument workshops:

  • W01C - Voice
  • W02C - Piano
  • W03C - String
  • W04C - Brass
  • W05C - Wing
  • W00C - All other instruments

MUS 130 - Introduction to Music Production - Online course

  • Course prescription: A survey of the production 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: Summer School, Semester One and Two
  • Restriction: MUS 119
  • Points: 15
  • Note: This is a 100% online course. Students must all attend their tutorials.

Tutorials

Enrol into a tutorial stream as follows:

  • Stream 01, 02, or 03 = BMus and BMus conjoint students
  • Stream 04, 05, or 06 = all non-BMus students

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
  • Note: BMus and conjoint students enrol in Stream 1 for this course
  • 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
  • Points: 15

MUS 149 - 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.
  • Points: 15
  • Semester availability: Summer School and Semester One

Semester One enrolment streams:

  • Stream 01 = BMus and BMus conjoint students
  • Stream 02 = all non-BMus students

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
  • 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
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz
  • Corequisite: MUS 197A/B
  • Points: 15

MUS 171 - Jazz Performance 2

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 170.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 170
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Jazz
  • 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
  • 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
  • Prerequisite: MUS 180
  • Programme restriction: Creative Practice: Popular Music.
  • Points: 15

Double-Semester Courses

MUS 190A / B - Auxiliary 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, unless you have been granted prior approval.
  • 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: 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 195A / B - Popular Music Ensembles

  • Course prescription: The development of performance skills through ensemble work in popular music.
  • Semester availability: Semester One commencement only
  • 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 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)