Music

Musical Language in 1950s Cinema

Supervisor

Gregory Camp

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI002

In 1950s Hollywood the language of film scoring was shifting from a style epitomised by such composers as Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Franz Waxman, largely influenced by late 19th-century German Romanticism, to a style more heavily influenced by the neoclassical trends in European and American music (heard in the work of such composers as Alex North, Leonard Rosenman, and Elmer Bernstein).

The student researcher will develop a project around the analysis of either 1950s film music or the music that influenced it, to help inform the supervisor’s work in this area. Projects on Copland, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Bernstein, or any of the film composers named above would be especially welcomed.

The student must have strong music analytical skills and should have completed at least one stage 3 theory/analysis course. Discuss your topic idea with Dr Camp before applying.

Implications of Orff pedagogy in selected settings

Supervisor

Millie Locke

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI006

The student will undertake a project that investigates the implications for professional practice for a small but diverse group of music students who encountered and engaged with the Orff approach through postgraduate study at the University of Auckland School of Music.

The student must have completed at least 2 postgraduate courses in music education and demonstrate an interest in undertaking research in this field.

Topic in Music and AI

Supervisor

Fabio Morreale

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI016

This is a student-led topic in Music and Artificial Intelligence. This includes designing new algorithms for music creation or investigating existing ones, reviewing literature in computational creativity or computational musicology, developing generative artworks, and analysing the impact of AI on music listening and creation.

Please get in touch with Dr Morreale to discuss your idea before applying. This project is suited to a Music or Computer Science student.

Topic in Technology for Music Performance

Supervisor

Dr Fabio Morreale

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI017

This is a student-led topic in any area of music technology. This includes design and evaluation of new technology-based musical instruments, interactive installations, augmented instruments, and analysis of existing technologies for music education.

Please get in touch with Dr Morreale to discuss your idea before applying. This project is suited to a Music, Design, or Computer Science student.

Developing a blended (semi-online) model of teaching for Advanced Music Research

Supervisor

Dr Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI029

This position is for a research assistant to help develop a blended (semi-online) model of teaching for the new postgraduate course 'Advanced Music Research' (formerly MUS 743: Concepts and Methods in Practical Music Research).This role includes: a literature review of recent successful blended learning models in similar methodology courses; researching new lecture topics on research methods suitable for arts- and performance-based research; and working with the Course Coordinator to develop a series of short, engaging videos to introduce key components of each topic.

Skills: high grades in undergraduate music papers; literature review and research skills; strong digital skills.

During this project the Summer Research Scholar can choose to focus on particular research methods of interest to them, and can expect to gain considerable insights into advanced methods for music research.

Students interested in this position should discuss their ideas with Dr. November.

Editing Beethoven's Egmont Overture, arranged for String Quartet

Supervisor

Dr Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI030

Alexander Brand seems to approach a transformation of genre with his string quartet arrangement of the original orchestral overture to Beethoven's Egmont. Published in 1828, just after Beethoven’s lifetime, it was one of many examples of musical 'translations', which transformed a popular large-scale work into chamber music suitable for domestic performance.

In this project you will work with Dr. November on a modern performing edition of Brand’s arrangement, which we will co-publish with A-R Editions as part of the series String Quartets in Beethoven’s Europe. You will carry out research on the background to the edition (the culture of musical arrangements, the 19th-century market for amateur music, etc.) and consider performance practice issues.

This research will involve setting the original edition using Finale or Sibelius editing software, so a familiarity with either of these, and with editorial practices for 19th-century music, would be ideal.

Music and Wellbeing

Supervisor

Dr Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI031

In this project you will work as a research assistant to a team who are researching wellbeing at the University of Auckland. The aim of this project is to explore how University of Auckland staff and students understand and experience wellbeing in the university setting.

This is a cross-disciplinary project, but the Summer Research Scholar will be able to focus on Music if this is your area of greatest interest in connection with the study of wellbeing. The data gathering process is already underway, so you will join the team to help with the literature review, and to assist with analysing the data, and to help work on the project report.

You should have excellent library research skills, an interest in wellbeing in relation to the study of music, and be willing to work as part of a team. You will gain insights into qualitative research, especially data analysis; and specific insights into the area of wellbeing in tertiary education environments.