Music

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

Supervisor

Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI010

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.

Editing Beethoven's Egmont Overture, arranged for String Quartet

Supervisor

Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI011

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.

Cross-disciplinary Study of Pedagogical Wellbeing

Supervisor

Nancy November

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI012

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.

Disney Musicology

Supervisor

Gregory Camp

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI013

The varied texts produced by the Walt Disney Company are beginning to attract the serious attention of scholars across the humanities, but musicological approaches to Disney are still somewhat in their infancy. Disney uses music as a storytelling device across the whole gamut of their products: films, television series, theme parks, video games, theatrical productions, cruise ships, and more.

The student researcher will develop a project around the analysis of a specific aspect of Disney music and its narrativity. This could take the form of detailed analysis of a single text, or intertextual analysis. The student must have strong musicological skills and should have completed at least one stage 3 musicology or music analysis course. Discuss your topic idea with Dr Camp before applying.

Topic in Musical Theatre

Supervisor

Gregory Camp

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI014

This is a student-led topic in any area of musical theatre. This could include history, music analysis, composition, or performance. A variety of research outcomes are possible, and will help to construct a hub of postgraduate musical theatre scholarship in the School of Music. Discuss your topic idea with Dr Camp before applying.

Leopold Koželuh: Coronation Cantata

Supervisor

Allan Badley

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI015

Computer setting the score of Leopold Koželuh’s Coronation Cantata, Heil dem Monarchen.

Skills Required: Experience in using Sibelius or Finale music notation software including text underlay and figured basses. Background: In 1791 Leopold Koželuh was invited to compose a large-scale cantata for the festivities celebrating the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. Unlike the coronation opera, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Koželuh’s cantata is has not been widely studied in spite of its historical and musical importance.

Purpose: The work undertaken in this project will form the basis of a critical edition of the work by Allan Badley to be published in the series Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich.

Mozart’s Music Library

Supervisor

Allan Badley

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI016

Computer setting scores of 18th-century instrumental and vocal works from primary sources.

Skills Required: Experience in using Sibelius or Finale music notation software including text underlay and figured basses.

Background: There has long been interest in the works of other composers that Mozart played or owned and their possible influence on his development as a composer. This project, which is being run jointly by Allan Badley and Cliff Eisen (King’s College London), involves the editing, publication and recording of works from Mozart’s Music Library, together with a series of articles exploring the relationship of the works with Mozart’s compositions dating from the approximate period of acquisition. The works include concertos and chamber works as well as opera arias and other vocal works.

NFT: An investigation into the rise of crypto-art

Supervisor

Fabio Morreale & Simon Ingram

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI017

NFT (Non-Fungible Token) might be the new frontier for digital- and crypto-art creation and distribution. However, given their infancy, NFTs have so far received little academic scrutiny. Who are the artists that publish their work as NFT? Who are the collectors? What are the most popular and successful crypto-art forms? To answer these questions, the student will analyse artworks from one or more NFT markets and will conduct interviews with NFT creators, curators, and collectors.

This project is suited to a Music, Fine Arts, Design, Arts, or Computer Science student.

Ethical and legal issues with Tinder’s and Spotify’s algorithmic recommendations

Supervisor

Fabio Morreale; Matt Bartlett

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI018

Most digital platforms employ forms of algorithmic recommendation that affect users’ behaviours. Whereas issues of algorithmic recommendation with social media platforms are widely studied, other platforms are currently overlooked, particularly music streaming (Spotify) and matchmaking (Tinder).Both Spotify and Tinder base their platforms on recommendation algorithms that nudge users to listen to specific songs or romantically match with specific users.

The student will conduct research, including investigation and interviews, aimed to expose the ethical, political, and/or legal issues raised by the way these algorithms funnel users towards pre-defined binaries. For instance, users are not informed nor generally aware of the underlying decisions of these platforms.

This project is suited to a Law, Arts, Music, or Computer Science student.

Topic in Technology for Music Performance

Supervisor

Fabio Morreale

Discipline

Music

Project code: CAI019

This is a student-led topic in any area of music technology. This includes design and/or analysis of new computer-based musical instruments, interactive installations, augmented instruments, audio-visual compositions, live coding software. 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.