University of Otago, Dunedin



Studying music at Otago means building a broad and diverse array of skills. Our students learn to write, perform, produce and analyse music, studying towards a range of qualifications in state-of-the-art facilities.

• Performance pathways within the Bachelor of Music qualification include: Vocals (Classical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre), Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Drums, Wind, Brass, Violin, Cello, Piano, Scottish Piping or Drumming, Taonga Pūoro, or Japanese Taiko or Koto.

• Music Production courses offer an opportunity to learn to record and produce music to create original and future-focused projects and asking questions about the nature of performance, recording, and music production.

• Composition and songwriting courses provide skills in lyric writing, song structure and compositional techniques.

• The Bachelor of Performing Arts gives students an opportunity to specialise or combine a variety of art forms into one degree.

• The music programme includes a range of courses covering history, culture, theory and analysis. Students will be learning and making music in architecturally designed, state-of-the-art studios and performance spaces in the School of Performing Arts  purpose-built $26M facilities.


Courses: BACHELOR OF MUSIC (May include endorsement in Performance, Studio Production and/or Composition), BACHELOR OF PERFORMING ARTS or BA (MUSIC)

Duration: Three years
Commences: Late February 2023
Entry criteria: Performance papers by audition. Entrants to all music papers must meet the University of Otago’s admission and entrance requirements. The ability to read music is essential for some courses.

Career pathways: 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 2022). All 18-point papers $1092 per paper.

Application dates: Audition application forms and DVDs are due 1 September 2022 (late applications may be accepted). Auditions are held in Dunedin 24th September or at selected times during the year.
Closing date for applications to study at the University of Otago is 10 December 2022. Auditions can be sent to the School by a quality DVD recording or a YouTube link. For advice on content, contact David Harrison.

Postgraduate qualifications: PG DipMus, Master of Music in composition, performance or studio performance, Doctor in Musical Arts, Master of Arts (by coursework or thesis), and PhD (with or without a nominated creative project).

Address: University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin

Contact: School of Performing Arts, University of Otago

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



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