Undergraduate study in Creative Practice: Popular Music
What can you study in the Creative Practice: Popular Music specialisation?
In the first year you will compose, perform and record songs on a weekly basis, have one-on-one instrumental lessons, study music technology and production, arranging, vocal performance and music notation, theory and history. In the second year you will continue to add to your skills with the goal of establishing your own distinctive creative process and style. The third year offers an opportunity to concentrate on advancing either your music technology and music production skills, or your performance skills, while still composing and performing as a songwriter. Each student finishes their degree with the creation of a significant portfolio of their final creative work and a major concert.
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 be exposed to cross-disciplinary research.
Entry requirements for Bachelor of Music in Creative Practice: Popular Music
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.
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.
If you have any queries, please contact the Student Hubs.
Statement of musical background:
Your statement of musical background should list all relevant musical training and performing experience (professional and amateur), including involvement in community and extracurricular music activities. Include details of 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. Your referee should be your current instrument/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study.
You may choose to combine your BMus with another discipline. Find out more about our conjoint degree options:
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Global Studies/Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Science
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
Bachelor of Music – Creative Practice: Popular Music degree requirements:
- 60 points from: MUS 104, 143, 243, 343
- 30 points from: MUS 284, 287
- 135 points from: MUS 180, 181, 196, 280, 281, 282, 283, 380, 381
- 75 points from: MUS 103 – 188, 206 – 296, 306 – 396
- a futher 30 points from: ANTHRO 103, 106, 202, 217, 234, 301, 327, 329, 357, MĀORI 190, MUS 103–397, PACIFIC 110
- 30 points of General Education
You can also find degree structure information in the University Calendar.
Discover the courses available within the Bachelor of Music, including those for Creative Practice: Popular Music.
Help and advice
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