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University of Otago



Start Your Journey as a Contemporary Music Performance Student at Otago.

Our contemporary performance papers have evolved for 2019 and onwards in order to meet the needs of the modern musician. Performance papers are now full-year and students can choose from two different pathway options within the three-year Bachelor of Music: that of the set repertoire pathway or the originals pathway.

The set repertoire pathway allows students to learn to play or sing in a variety of styles, to sight-read and to gain the skills of a session musician.  The originals pathway is for those who want to write and perform their own music – whether as singer/songwriter, or in collaboration with other students in the programme.

Otago’s contemporary music performance programme caters for students who are passionate about creating their own unique identity as a musician. Students get the freedom to create and explore musical ideas in a supportive environment overseen by skilled staff who are professional and passionate about what they do.

We offer performance in vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and drums. Applications from wind and brass students for this programme will also be considered. You can even apply to do performance as an electronic music artist wanting to develop your skillset.

All performance students get instrumental or vocal lessons that focus on technique and musicianship, live performance skills and the recording studio environment. There are many performance opportunities as part of the course in a campus and city famous for its active music scene.

This programme is perfect for the student who wishes to gain inspiration and confidence through networking and collaborating with other emerging artists.

With talent and application, you will have the opportunity to develop your craft into a viable and sustainable career.

Courses: BACHELOR OF MUSIC (Endorsed in Performance, Studio Production and/or Composition), or BA MAJORING IN MUSIC.

Duration: Three years.
Commences: Late February 2019
No. of students: Places are limited to 60 performance students. (see below)

Entry criteria: Performance papers by audition. Entrants to all music papers must meet the University of Otago’s admission and entrance requirements. While the ability to read music is essential for some papers, MUSI 191 (Introduction to Music) is available for students without music theory or music-reading skills.

Emphasis: Performance papers focus primarily on a popular music repertoire and students choose whether to follow a set repertoire pathway, or their own original work pathway. Academic papers (songwriting, theory/analysis, technology and studio production, cultural theory etc.) are designed to stimulate composition, arrangement and technological skills. Papers in Western art music (classical) or ethnomusicology can be included.

Songwriters can do classical composition in addition to song writing. There is a creative arts industry paper for performers and those intending to become music business professionals.

Qualification: MusB Endorsed in Performance, Studio Production and/or Composition, BA with Music Major, or MusB Honours. Postgraduate qualifications: PG DipMus, Master of Music in composition, performance or studio performance, Doctor of Musical Arts in studio production, performance or composition, Master of Arts in a music research related topic, and PhD.

Career prospects: Professional musician, songwriter, commercial composer/arranger, educator, academic/author in the field of popular music, music industry professional, music programmer, record producer.

Cost: (Indication-only, based on charges for 2018). All 18-point papers $1038 per paper.

Application dates: Audition application forms and DVDs are due 1 September 2018 (late applications may be accepted). Auditions are held in Dunedin mid to late September or at selected times during the year.
Closing date for applications to study at the University of Otago is 10 December 2018. Auditions can be sent to the department by a quality DVD recording or a YouTube link. For advice on content, contact either Dr Ian Chapman or Associate Professor Rob Burns.

Address: Black/Sale House, 100 St David Street, Dunedin
University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin

Contact: Administrative Assistant, Department of Music, Theatre & Performing Arts

Phone/Fax: (03) 479 8885 or (03) 479 4180



Start your journey as a contemporary music performance student at Otago. Our contemporary performance papers have evolved for 2018 and onwards in order to meet the needs of the modern musician.

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