Undergraduate study in Creative Practice: Classical

What can you study in Creative Practice: Classical

Besides acquiring essential musical skills and pursuing focused studies in your instrument/voice, you will broaden your knowledge of the historical and cultural underpinnings of all aspects of music and its performance. You can participate with a wide range of ensembles; pursue studies in historical performance and contemporary music; and participate in masterclasses, workshops and performances. These experiences create a stimulating learning environment that prepares you for your future as a working musician.

Your main instrumental or vocal learning can be supported by auxiliary performance studies in baroque instruments or a second instrument. You will also study other topics of interest to you, including music education, pedagogy, music technology, conducting, music studies, musicians’ health and various industry-related topics.

The core courses of the BMus degree include music theory and other music studies subjects. You will also take two General Education courses offered by other faculties from across the University.

General Education

We understand that decisions about where to study music are often based upon availability of specific teachers. See our performance teachers’ biographies by discipline.

You are invited to contact individual teachers directly with any queries you may have. If your desired instrument is not listed please contact us.

Entry requirements for Creative Practice: Classical

You must meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Music, detailed on the BMus programme page.

Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, audition, and statement of musical background. 


Your audition will be live. We'll contact you to schedule a time for this once you have completed your Application for Admission*.

2021 dates:

Early bird in-person audition dates: Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August, 9.30-4.30pm, Music Theatre 250-117, University of Auckland City Campus.

Secondary in-person audition dates: Saturday 16 October and Sunday 17 October, 9.30-4.30pm, Music Theatre 250-117, University of Auckland City Campus.

Final in-person audition date: Saturday 11 December 9.30-4.30pm, Music Theatre 250-117, University of Auckland City Campus.

* If you live outside of Auckland, then please email us for information about how you can audition: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

Statement of musical background:

This should list all relevant musical training (highest qualification in your instrument) and performing experience (professional and amateur) in the last five years. Include any involvement in community and extracurricular music activities, and the teachers you have had for your instrument, and detail any musical prizes/awards you have received. You also need to provide a referee contact email address as part of your statement of musical background. You will need to upload your statement of musical background as part of your Application for Admission.


Structuring your undergraduate programme


  • 4 x core courses
  • 3 x specialised theory and musicianship courses
  • 9 x creative practice courses
  • 6 x elective courses
  • 2 x General Education courses

2019 Bachelor of Music – Creative Practice: Classical degree requirements:

* 60 points: MUS 104, 143, 243, 343
* 45 points: MUS 203, 204, 205
* 105 points: MUS 120, 121, 220, 221, 224, 320, 321
* 30 points from MUS 191–194, 291–294, 391–394
* 60 points from MUS 103–188, 206–288, 306–389
* 30 points from: ANTHRO 103, 106, 202, 217, 234, 301, 327, 329, 357, MAORI 190, MUS 103–397, PACIFIC 110
* 30 points of General Education 

You can also find degree structure information in the University Calendar


Explore the courses available within the Bachelor of Music.

Help and advice

You are welcome to email or visit our Student Centre with any subject-related queries.

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St

Open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Email: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz