Stage Three courses

View all the Stage Three music courses available in 2019.

The following courses are restricted to specific majors / specialisations:

MUS 320, 321, 322, 323:

  • Classical Performance or Creative Practice: Classical

MUS 370, 371, 372, 375, 377:

  • Jazz Performance or Creative Practice: Jazz

MUS 380, 381, 382, 383:

  • Popular Music or Creative Practice: Popular Music

MUS 320 and MUS 321 Instrument Workshops:

  • W01C - Voice
  • WO2C or WO3C - Piano
  • WO4C - String
  • WO5C - Brass
  • WO6C - Wind
  • WO7C - All other instruments

MUS 306 - Conducting 3

  • Course prescription: Opportunities to conduct a variety of ensemble situations including instrumental, choral/vocal, keyboard and voice, large choral ensemble, recitative and aria, and instrumental ensemble. A keyboard component develops skills needed for score preparation and rehearsals.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 207 or if you have completed MUS 206 then please submit an enrolment concession
  • Points: 15

MUS 307 - Choral and Orchestral Repertoire

  • Course prescription: The development of analytical skills and knowledge about choral and orchestral repertoire through listening, research, examination of genre and style, and relevant performance practice. Includes studies of selected large-scale and smaller musical works.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 306, or 30 points at Stage II in Music and Departmental approval.
  • Points: 15

MUS 310 - Composition 5

  • Course prescription: Facilitation of the creative process in individual student composers. Key concepts and techniques in instrumental/vocal composition and sonic arts will be developed and refined through the completion of projects as negotiated with supervisors. Each project will incorporate relevant technical exercises together with a study of influential composers and their methods. The end-of-semester portfolio may include works for solo instrument, voice, small and large ensemble, and sonic arts genres including multichannel acousmatic music and performance-based sonic art.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 211 or MUSIC 211
  • Points: 15

MUS 311 - Composition 6

  • Course prescription: A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 310.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 310 or MUSIC 310
  • Points: 15

MUS 314 - Orchestration

  • Course prescription: The study of the symphony orchestra, including the ranges and characteristics of the core instruments within its sections. Technical aspects of writing, scoring and arranging for string, wind, brass and orchestra will be introduced, together with a study of repertoire.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 214 or MUSIC 214
  • Points: 15

MUS 315 - Sonic Arts

  • Course prescription: An examination of compositional concepts and techniques relating to acousmatic music and performance-based sonic art. Topics will be investigated through engagement in individually negotiated creative projects supported with technical exercises and a review of relevant repertoire and literature.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 211 or 219.
  • Points: 15

MUS 320 - Performance 5

  • Course prescription: Further performance work, involving weekly individual lessons and performance classes. (See course outline and instrumental/vocal syllabus for specific curriculum requirements).
  • Semester availability: Semester and Two 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • Prerequisite: MUS 221
  • Points: 15

MUS 321 - Performance 6

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 320.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Note: Please choose your correct instrument workshop, as noted above, when you are enrolling online
  • Prerequisite: MUS 320 or MUSIC 320
  • Points: 15

MUS 322 - Performance Skills 4

  • Course prescription: Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 223
  • Points: 15

MUS 323 - Performance Skills 5

  • Course prescription: Further development of a wide range of performance skills beyond those gained in the instrumental/vocal studio, including ensemble techniques, conducting, languages for singers, pedagogy, orchestral audition skills, second instrument study, musicians' health.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 322
  • Points: 15

MUS 330 - Music Production 3

  • Course prescription: Instruction in the use of the School of Music's professional-level multichannel recording studios supported by practical exercises in popular music production. Topics include: vocal, guitar, and drum recording; synthesis; industry-standard production techniques; and mastering. Coursework will require coordination with performers both within and outside the class.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 219 or 231
  • Restriction: MUS 318
  • Points: 15

MUS 331 - Music Production 4

  • Course prescription: A continuation and expansion of the topics addressed in MUS 330 including collaborative projects that concentrate on the production of a popular music 'single', including the professional and legal issues associated with high-level studio production. Coursework will require coordination with performers both within and outside the class.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 318 or 330
  • Restriction: MUS 319
  • Points: 15

MUS 332 - Music Production Project 1

  • Course prescription: An advanced music production and engineering research project, in which an investigation into professional, technological and industrial issues is conducted through practical experience in a professional setting.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 219 or 231
  • Restriction: MUS 355
  • Points: 15

MUS 334 - Sound Design for Film and Video Games

  • Course prescription: An exploration of film and video game sound design techniques supported by practical studio-based exercises. Topics include: automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), sound effects recording (Foley), soundscape recording, sound design, three-dimensional sound modeling, computer-generated music, and psychoacoustics.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 211 or 219 or 330
  • Restriction: MUS 313
  • Points: 15

MUS 340 - Sound, Style and Syntax

  • Course prescription: A study and in-depth analysis of repertoire from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 140 and 201, or 143 and 204
  • Points: 15

MUS 343 - Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Course prescription: An examination of contemporary art music from Aotearoa New Zealand, focusing on select composers and their works. Topics include the issue of cultural identity, the development of supporting organisations for the dissemination and performance of new music, the influence of New Zealand literature and art, of music from the Western classical canon, traditional Māori music (taonga pūoro), and music from Asia and the Pacific region.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 243 or 30 points passed at Stage II in Music.
  • Points: 15

MUS 345 - History, Music and Ideas: Rethinking the Classical Canon

  • Course prescription: Raises issues specific to classical music in one or more concentrated historical periods. Students will get to know in some detail a designated repertoire of musical works, whilst exploring critical topics such as periodisation, canon formation and reception history.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 143 or 145
  • Alternative prerequisite: MUS 140 and 30 points of Stage Two Music courses - submission of enrolment concession required 
  • Restriction: MUS 240, 245
  • Points: 15

MUS 346 - Experimental Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Course prescription: Tracks definitions and developments in ‘experimental’ music since the early twentieth century. Concepts of modernism and postmodernism as related to musical composition, performance and listening are the central focus.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 143 or 145
  • Alternative prerequisite: MUS 140 and 30 points of Stage Two Music courses - submission of enrolment concession required
  • Restriction: MUS 246
  • Points: 15

MUS 362 - Pedagogical Approaches for the School and Studio

  • Course prescription: An investigation into practical knowledge about music teaching and learning drawing from teacher experiences, pedagogical research, established music education methods, studio pedagogy and music classroom contexts. Students explore a range of music teaching scenarios and focus on specific areas of professional interest. This is a key preparatory course for postgraduate pedagogical study in studio pedagogy or school music teaching.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 363 - Music and Community Engagement

  • Course prescription: An initial study of community music ranging from semi-professional music organisations and groups through to community music activities that emphasise access, participation and inclusion. An examination of the health and community benefits of music activity including healthy ageing, early development, and youth and mental health. The role of the community musician is also considered.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 365 - Music Industry and Business

  • Course prescription: An overview of the music industry including music production, distribution and reception, music marketing and music project management. An examination of business practices in music including developing and managing events, tours, promotion, the Internet, the role of digital media, organising events and festivals and setting up successful pedagogical studios.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music
  • Points: 15

MUS 370 - Jazz Performance 5

  • Course prescription: The development of advanced 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: MUS 271 or JAZZ 202 and JAZZ 208 or 231
  • Points: 15

MUS 371 - Jazz Performance 6

  • Course prescription: Continuation of the work undertaken in MUS 370 along with ensemble performances. Students prepare for a 50-minute public recital of their original arrangements, compositions and improvisations.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 370 or JAZZ 301 and 307
  • Points: 15

MUS 372 - Jazz Ensembles 5

  • Course prescription: The application of instrumental and improvisational 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 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 273 or JAZZ 212
  • Points: 15

MUS 375 - Jazz Composition and Arranging 2

  • Course prescription: Composition and arranging in the jazz idiom exploring small ensemble and big band contexts. Scoring, voicing concepts and sectional writing that assist students in the development of a portfolio of work.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 275 or JAZZ 206
  • Points: 15

MUS 376 - Jazz Research

  • Course prescription: The preparation and presentation of essays and practical seminars on a performer or period of stylistic development related to principal instrument or major study.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 176 or 276.
  • Points: 15

MUS 377 - Jazz Project

  • Course prescription: Participation and development of pertinent skills towards the completion of a collaborative jazz music project.
  • Semester availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: Departmental approval
  • Note: submit an enrolment concession to apply for this option
  • Points: 15

MUS 380 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 5

  • Course prescription: More advanced exploration and the continued development 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: MUS 281
  • Points: 15

MUS 381 - Creative Practice in Popular Music 6

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 380.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 380 or MUSIC 380
  • Points: 15

MUS 382 - Popular Music Performance Project

  • Course prescription: More advanced development of instrumental technique and interpretative skills through the in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and the relevant musical analyses of set works. Students will arrange and compose for their instrument employing music recording and production techniques. 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 availability: Semester One and Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 282
  • Points: 15

MUS 383 - Popular Music Recording and Production

  • Course prescription: A project-based course for Popular Music majors that involves students recording and producing their own work using performance, arranging and technology skills. Students also learn how to plan and manage their own recording and production project.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 2019
  • Prerequisite: MUS 380
  • Points: 15

MUS 387 - The Beatles and Bob Dylan

  • Course prescription: An investigation of the music, attitudes and public personae of Bob Dylan and the Beatles and how it changed and challenged the musical and socio-political cultures of the United States of America and Britain – and by extension the world. The music is studied alongside other contextual developments in the 1960s including the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and the counterculture, the power of youth as a driving commercial and artistic force, and the rapid emergence of musicians as spokespeople for a generation.
  • Semester availability: Semester One 2019
  • Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music or Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice, or 15 points from ANTHRO 202, 217, 225, or 234.
  • Points: 15

MUS 390A / B - Auxillary Performance Study 3

  • 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: Departmental approval
  • Note: Submit an enrolment concession to apply for an audition and/or Department approval
  • Points: 15 total (students must enrol in MUS 390A (7.5pts) and MUS 390B (7.5pts) as this is a double-semester course)