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.
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.
With the latest outbreak and the Alert Level settings in Auckland, further unexpected changes on level restrictions are still possible. Therefore, the School of Music has decided to move the auditions to an online setting.
The online audition process:
- First you must complete your Application for Admission.
- Once you have completed your Application for Admission, please upload your audition portfolio via the Slideroom portal. You will be required to upload your performance videos. Your videos should be recent – preferably recorded within the past 12 months.
- An online interview may also be required. If so, the School of Music will contact you.
We aim to review your portfolio within ten working days and will let you know the outcome via email. If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
You may choose to combine your BMus with another discipline. Find out more about our conjoint degree options:
- Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Global Studies/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of of Laws
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Music
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
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