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 music across the 20th and 21st centuries, to the changing role of performers and performance. Historical, critical and ethnographic approaches will be introduced.
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 historical development of jazz, acquisition of skills in analysis of the contributions of performers, composers and innovators to the evolution of jazz, and in the recognition of specific performers and important recordings.
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.
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. Preference will be given to students majoring in Music.
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.
Study of a range of perspectives on select music cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia considered in social and cultural contexts. 2013 Offering: This paper is an introductory exploration of music, poetry, and dance of the Pacific Islands. Discussion includes such topics as: chant and indigenous poetry, Christianity and hymn singing, indigenous spiritual practices, concepts of dance, types and functions of musical and sound-producing instruments, composition, contemporary popular music, and Pacific music in film. We will also examine issues of representation, gender, sound recordings and archiving, festivals and tourism in Oceania.
An introductory performance study of Pacific Island musics with an understanding of the cultural contexts.
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