Stage Three courses

These are the courses being offered in 2020.

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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 211
  • Restriction: MUS 316 
  • Points: 15

MUS 311 - Composition 6

  • Course prescription: A continuation of work undertaken in MUS 310.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 310
  • Restriction: MUS 317
  • 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 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 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 
  • 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 One
  • Instrument workshops:
    • W01C - Voice
    • W02C or W03C - Piano
    • W04C - String
    • W05C - Brass
    • W06C - Wind
    • W07C - All other instruments
  • Prerequisite: MUS 221
  • Points: 15

MUS 321 - Performance 6

  • Course prescription: Continuation of work undertaken in MUS 320.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two 
  • Instrument workshops:
    • W01C - Voice
    • W02C or W03C - Piano
    • W04C - String
    • W05C - Brass
    • W06C - Wind
    • W07C - All other instuments
  • Prerequisite: MUS 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 318 or 330
  • Restriction: MUS 319
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 243 or 30 points passed at Stage II in Music.
  • Points: 15

MUS 347 - Genre and Convention in Instrumental Music

  • Course prescription: Explores the complexities of musical style, historicism and aesthetics as related to one or more instrumental genres (such as symphony, the string-quartet or piano prelude) and related conventions. Close reading of paradigmatic works will be essential.
  • Semester availability: Semester One
  • Prerequisites: MUS 143 or 145
  • Restriction: MUS 247
  • Points: 15

MUS 348 - Music on Stage and Screen

  • Course prescription: Considers the role of music in one of more of the dramatic arts - opera, musical, ballet, modern dance, film - in any given historical period. Offers opportunity to study specific repertoire in some detail, as well as to investigate music's contribution to dramatic spectacle, characterisation, narrative and non-narrative structures.
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: MUS 143 or 145
  • Restriction: MUS 242 or 248
  • Points: 15

MUS 358: Special Topic: Musical Interface Design

  • Course prescription: A topic as approved by the Head of School
  • Semester availability: Semester Two
  • Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Music
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Prerequisite: MUS 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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