General Education courses - Semester Two 2019

You don't need a musical background to do these Semester Two courses! Learn about turning-points in western music, the Beatles to hip-hop, reggae, songwriting and more!

There are still spaces available on three amazing School of Music papers next Semester – you can take them as General Education or out of schedule options. Students studying music and a number of other degrees at the University are welcome to enrol into these courses (check the Gen Ed schedules to see if the Gen Ed music courses below are available to you).

Please contact our Student Centre team if you have any queries. Email info-creative@auckland.ac.nz or call 0800 61 62 63. 

Music 144G │Turning-Points in Western Music

Taught by a team of experts, this course provides unique insights into the ‘big bangs’ of music history, leaving you with a strong understanding of music’s evolution over the years and a sense of its future. A 15-point paper, you can expect a study of the key agents of change in Western music, in terms of people, discoveries and inventions, as well as the artistic, intellectual and social influences.

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

Taught by the highly respected lecturer Graham Reid, consider this 15-point course an introduction to New Zealand popular music from the 1950s to today. 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.

Music 188 │Making Words Sing: The Art and Soul of Songwriting

This popular 15-point course is taught by the deeply knowledgeable Graham Reid and surveys contemporary songwriting from English music hall, to the Beatles, Bob Dylan and beyond through to today’s hip-hop stars. It considers the origins, directions, themes and principles of songwriting with specific reference to the work, styles and lyrical techniques of prominent songwriters over the past half century. You may be able to take this course as an out of schedule option - check with your Student Centre.