Bachelor of Music with Honours – BMus(Hons)

Please note: This page refers to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This degree suits students who have completed a Bachelor of Music (BMus) and who want to continue studying in their chosen field. Honours both consolidates your undergraduate learning and provides a crucial first year of graduate study, laying a platform of knowledge and methodologies from which you can shape future thesis work at the Master’s level or beyond.

For a Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus(Hons)) you can choose between Arranging, Classical Performance, Composition/Sonic Arts, Ethnomusicology, Jazz Performance, Musicology, or Music Studies—provided you have fulfilled the BMus major requirements in the discipline concerned (for Arranging, the prerequisite is a BMus majoring in either Jazz or Composition, for Jazz Performance, the prerequisite is a BMus majoring in Jazz).

The one-year course of study for the BMus(Hons) consists of courses worth a total of 120 points. While it is possible to spread your study for the BMus(Hons) over more than one year, students shall normally be enrolled for at least two trimesters and shall complete the requirements of the degree within four years of first enrolling.

You may begin your Honours courses in either the first trimester or the second trimester of any academic year. To be eligible to enrol, students must have completed a BMus degree in the relevant discipline with a good average result (B or above is expected). Students’ academic records are taken into consideration when determining who is accepted. For entry to Arranging, or Composition/Sonic Arts, students must also submit a portfolio of work in support of their application, and for entry to the BMus(Hons) in Classical Performance or Jazz Performance you may be required to pass an audition.

If you have completed a BMus in Music Studies without specialisation or a BA in Music, you may with permission enrol in the BMus(Hons) in Musicology, provided that you have passed at least one course from MUSC 330–349.

Subject requirements

Arranging

Classical Performance

Composition/Sonic Arts

Ethnomusicology

  • NZSM 453 and NZSM 451, except that the Director of the School may approve the substitution of another course if you have already completed MUSC 350
  • 30 points from NZSM 401-499
  • 30 points from any approved 400-level university course

Jazz Performance

Musicology

  • NZSM 431, except that the Director of the School may approve the substitution of another course if you have already completed MUSC 344
  • 60 points from NZSM 433-441, 445-447, 460-469
  • 30 points from NZSM 401-499, except that the Director of the School may approve the substitution of another 400 or 500-level course

Music Studies

Independent Study Projects

Independent Study Projects (ISPs) are available under exceptional circumstances and must be approved by the NZSM Director. Students wishing to enrol in instrumental or vocal second study courses must also apply using the NZSM ISP application form (MS Word document, 54KB).

Further information

For more information about the BMus(Hons), please contact the NZSM Postgraduate Administrator, email—postgraduate.office@nzsm.ac.nz.