Undergraduate study in Music Studies
What can you study in the Music Studies specialisation?
From your first year, you will be immersed in music - how to think and write about music, how it is constructed and how music is both taught and learned. As you progress, you will learn more about music's role in society and politics, discover historical music you may have never heard, and explore music’s role in our modern globalised and media-savvy world.
Depending on your chosen sub discipline, you have the opportunity to acquire skills in music technology, communication, ensemble direction and pedagogy, in addition to your reflective studies.
All School of Music students have access to auxiliary performance studies. 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 to acquire a broader range of skills and understanding, and to be exposed to cross-disciplinary research.
Entry requirements for Music Studies
You must meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Music, detailed on the BMus programme page.
You may choose to combine your BMus with another discipline. Find out more about our conjoint degree options:
Structuring your undergraduate programme
- 4 x core Stage 1 courses
- 3 x specialised theory and musicianship courses
- 4 x elective courses
- 2 x General Education courses
- 7 x Stage 2/3 portfolio courses in
-Learning, Community and Engagement
-Technology and Production
-Ensemble Direction and Conducting
May also include courses in performances studies.
2019 Bachelor of Music - Music Studies degree requirements:
* 120 points from: MUS 104, 106, 130, 143, 145, 162, 243, 343
* 45 points from: MUS 203 - 205 (Classical Theory), or MUS 174, 274, 275 (Jazz Theory), or MUS 284, 287, 288 (Popular Music Theory)
* 105 points from: MUS 206, 207, 230, 231, 245, 248, 262, 265, 276, 306, 307, 330, 334, 340, 345, 348, 362, 365, 367, 376, 387, 389, and up to 45 points from MUS 190 - 197, 290 - 297, 390 - 397
* 30 points from: MUS 103 - 397
* 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
Browse a list of courses available within the Bachelor of Music, including those for Music Studies:
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