Papers for non-Music majors
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) offers the following range of music papers that require no prior knowledge of music, therefore have no music prerequisites. We welcome students who want to take music papers as a supporting subject for another major, degree, or for general interest, and encourage you to consider music as a study option. Note, however, that not all academic papers are offered each year. You need to check the list of courses below and then follow the links to the Victoria website to confirm the availability of specific offerings.
As NZSM is a joint venture of Massey University of New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington, Massey students can also credit NZSM papers to some Massey degrees.
A study of the range of musical experiences that define contemporary musical consciousness, from development in art, popular, and world musics across the 20th and 21st centuries, to the changing role of performers and performance. Historical, critical and ethnographic approaches will be introduced.
An introductory study of musical experiences from a range of cultural perspectives.
An introduction to the study of popular musics in the 20th and 21st centuries considering a range of musical genres and styles with historical roots in America and their global development, including within New Zealand cultural contexts.
Study of the cultural roots of jazz music, the political and social contexts in which it flourished, and the ongoing musical practices called jazz in the twenty-first century.
An introduction to key aspects of acoustics and music technology.
A study of Western music approached through a series of modules, each centred on one exemplary composition, with an emphasis on the social and cultural context of music, rather than on analytical study of musical style.
An introduction to music in world cultures. A survey of examples from the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Americas that examines music within its cultural context, and an introduction to the study of ethnomusicology.
Introductory performance study of Māori music and its cultural contexts.
An introduction to fundamental written skills in music and to basic forms used in Western music, including introduction to the keyboard and practice in aural perception.
An introduction to the practice and criticism of music in sound cinema from 1927 to the end of the twentieth century.
A critical analysis of the development of popular music from the 1950s to the present, examining diverse genres, the musical techniques employed to achieve the desired outcomes, and the cultural contexts in which the music is created.
Introduction to the ethnography of music and performance in social and cultural contexts.
Introductory performance study of gamelan ensemble with an understanding of the cultural contexts of the music.
Study of a range of perspectives on select music cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia considered in social and cultural contexts.
An introductory performance study of Pacific Island music with an understanding of the cultural contexts.
Study of a range of perspectives on select music cultures of Asia considered in social, and cultural contexts.
Introductory performance study of Asian music with an understanding of the cultural contexts.
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