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Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music

  • ID:UC640010
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$33,600.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$33,600.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Entry to the Bachelor of Music is open to all students (except for the Performance and Composition courses – see below), however it is strongly recommended that you have NCEA Level 2 or 3 music, or the equivalent of these.
  • If you intend to study composition in the Bachelor of Music, you will need to have good musical literacy and notational skills

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

Music in all its forms is used the world over as a means of leisure, communication and enlightenment. The music industry is prolific globally and offers paid work to a vast array of practitioners.

The Bachelor of Music (MusB) is a specialised three-year degree for those who want to concentrate their studies on Music.

  • A wide selection of courses, both practical and academic.
  • Nationally and internationally respected staff of performers, composers, and musicologists.
  • A rich music environment is enjoyed university-wide, with over a hundred concerts performed on campus each year.
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch offers additional musical opportunities within a vibrant, extended music community.

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Year 1

  • MUSA 100 Essentials in Music Techniques
  • MUSA 101 Musicianship, Harmony and Analysis 1
  • MUSA 125 Music Technologies
  • MUSA 131 Songs, Symphonies and Samples: Music in a Changing World
  • MUSA 150 Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

Year 2

  • MUSA 200 Musicianship, Harmony and Analysis 2
  • MUSA 201 Harmony and Score-Reading
  • MUSA 250 Music in our Community

Plus one of:

  • MUSA 231 The European Concert Tradition
  • MUSA 232 Musics of the World
  • MUSA 233 Popular Music in Context
  • MUSA 234 Contemporary Music

Optional courses

All students in the MusB must complete 120 points in additional courses from Music or other subjects at UC across their degree studies.

Including the required courses in your chosen major, at least 75 points must be at 200-level, and at least 90 points must be at 300-level (with 60 points of 300-level Music).

Additional Music courses include notated composition, songwriting, popular music genres, Kapa Haka and Māori performances, acoustics and recording techniques, chamber choir, performances, and music internships.

Note that some 100-level performance and songwriting courses are limited entry and require an application, audition, or a portfolio. See 'Entry requirements' above for more information.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Bachelor of Music with Honours
  • Master of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our MusB graduates are found in a wide range of occupational contexts.

Those who wish to work in education find that the inclusion of some music in their degree can be beneficial.

UC Music graduates also work in fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning as well as production), publishing, and in technical areas such as recording, computer instruments, sound engineering, and music technology.

People with musical training are sought after by festival organisers and arts organisations.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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