Bachelor of Contemporary Music


Qualification Bachelor of Contemporary Music
Level 7
Dates

February

Duration

Three years full time

Location Invercargill

  • Specialise in keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, singer/songwriter or voice
  • Access to high quality instruments, equipment, studios and two performance theatres (both equipped with state-of-the-art audio equipment)
  • Strong music theory and practical components, with a broad base of industry studies
  • Students are provided weekly performance opportunities - a great way to hone skills and develop stage presence
  • Complete a double degree in Audio Production and Contemporary Music in just 4 years!

Course Outline

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music has been designed to prepare you for a professional career within the contemporary music sector.  Six practical studies papers are at the heart of the degree, and give you the option of specialising in any one of keyboards, electric guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums or singer songwriter.

 

These specialist papers are threaded through each year of the programme, supplemented by a number of other papers which give you insights into related areas of the contemporary music industry. These papers include world music perspectives, introduction to music technology, contemporary music theory, popular music since 1940, songwriting, music industry, music industry studies and contemporary style analysis.  A feature of the third year is an extended project, which enables you to undertake detailed investigation into a topic or area within the field of contemporary music.

 

SIT also offers students the opportunity to complete a double degree in the Bachelor of Audio Production and Bachelor of Contemporary Music after four years full time study. Graduates from this pathway of study will be well rounded musicians and sound engineers. They will be well versed in high quality studio recording and live sound work as well as having skills to pursue a career as performers or specialised instrumental teachers.

Course Content

Year One  

 

BCM100 World Music Perspectives

This paper aims to provide students with historical, cross cultural and indigenous perspectives on twentieth century world music. It will provide an introduction to ethnomusicology and ethnomusicological approaches to the study of music. It will look at issues of reproduction, representation, hybridity, globalisation and localisation, authenticity, tradition and change and the role of the mass media. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental methodologies and practice of academic enquiry, critical thinking and introductory research techniques, which will be developed further in paper BCM320 (year three).

 

BCM110 Introduction to Music Technology

This paper aims to provide students with the skills required to operate standard music technology equipment and systems, including sound reinforcement recording systems and music computer applications. There will be an emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with applied practical skills.

 

BCM120 Popular Music Since 1940

This paper aims to provide students with an overview of the major developments within popular music, from the roots of rock ‘n roll through to the global developments for the 1990s. The paper explores inter-relationships between technology, the music industry and musical styles, and examines some of the main approaches towards the study of popular culture.  In addition it examines the role of popular music within contemporary society, particularly within the New Zealand context as it relates to both Māori performing traditions and assimilation of a range of international influences and styles.

 

BCM130 Contemporary Music Theory I

This paper aims to develop students' grounding in the basic concepts of music theory, and to demonstrate the application of these concepts in relation to different music styles.  It will develop students' abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay. This paper will provide an introduction to four part harmonisation. The paper will also teach the techniques for students to develop their aural skills.

 

GEN100 Introduction to Academic Skills 
This paper aims to provide students with an introduction to academic writing and presentation requirements for degree level study. It will provide students with the necessary skills to support their learning in other papers in the areas of writing, communicating, and presenting. The use of relevant technology in academic study for both delivery of information and as a source of information is also an element of this paper.

 

Plus 45 Credits selected from:

 

BCM150 Practical Studies 1

This paper aims to establish the basic practical techniques, technical routines, theory applications and musicianship skills pertaining to the students chosen area of specialisation.

 

BCM151 Practical Studies 2

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to begin developing their own direction as contemporary musicians within their chosen subject of specialisation. There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the instrumental major.  

  

Year Two

 

BCM200 Music Industry Studies

This paper aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and operations of the New Zealand and international popular music industry, and to examine some contemporary issues facing the industry.  It also deals with agreements and contracts relevant to the music industry, and includes analysis of representative types of agreements and contracts. It will prepare performers and composers entering the music industry to be able to manage their business activities and market their work.  The paper will teach the basic principles of small business management and self employment pertinent to practitioners in the music industry, and outline the processes for development of a business and marketing plan.

 

BCM230 Contemporary Music Theory II

This paper aims to develop to a higher level the theory concepts presented in BCM130, Contemporary Music Theory I. It will continue the development of students abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay. Aural skills, introduced in BCM130, will also be developed further.

 

BCM240 Contemporary Style Analysis

This paper aims to provide students with insight into major contemporary music styles (e.g. blues, rock, funk, traditional Māori, contemporary Māori, various sub genre of country, contemporary classical) by analysing harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, timbral and formal elements pertaining to particular styles.  Students will be taught to identify the characteristic features of disparate styles, and given the required theoretical and practical techniques to analyse these styles accurately.

 

BCM270 Music Education Studies 1

This paper aims to introduce students to teaching music. It will examine the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to observe and reflect upon music teaching in a variety of contexts, as well as plan and execute a lesson designed for a particular context. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop a business plan for a small business that is related to music teaching.

 

BCM271 Music Education Studies 2

This paper aims to introduce students to music education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It will examine the history of music education in New Zealand and current perspectives. It will also explore other aspects relating to music education, such as multicultural music education, music therapy, and the informal learning practices of popular musicians.

 

GEN200 Research and Statistics
This paper aims to prepare the student for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship.  Students will be introduced to several approaches to research, both qualitative and quantitative.  Students will also be assisted to develop skills as a beginning researcher. Students will study different types of scientific and interpretative inquiry and personal experience will be used to identify areas in requiring research, and for the utilisation of research findings.

 

Plus 60 credits selected from:

 

BCM250 Practical Studies 3

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to begin developing their own direction as contemporary musicians within their chosen subject of specialisation.  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1 and 2 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the area of specialisation.  Students will also be introduced to presentational requirements through concerts, recording and workshops.

 

BCM251 Practical Studies 4

The aim of this paper is to provide the opportunity for students to continue developing their own direction as contemporary musicians within their chosen subject of specialisation. There is a continuation of teaching in practical techniques, technical extension, theory applications, musicianship skills, musical professionalism, and performance applicable to the area of specialisation.

 

Electives

Choose one of the following:

 

BCM110 Introduction to Music Technology

This paper aims to provide students with the skills required to operate standard music technology equipment and systems, including sound reinforcement recording systems and music computer applications. There will be an emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with applied practical skills.

 

BAP125 Electronics

As well as electrical and electromagnetic theory, audio electronics includes the ability to maintain equipment, implement reasonable repairs, and rudimentary circuit construction.

  

BCM140 Songwriting

This paper aims to provide students with an overview of the craft of songwriting by examining a variety of creative processes and compositional concepts.  There will be emphasis on formal compositional techniques as well as on structured and intuitive approaches to contemporary songwriting.

 

 

Year Three   

            

BCM320 Music in Contemporary Culture

This paper aims to provide students with critical thinking skills and research techniques. The paper is built around four special topics, each will explore different issues that are part of current popular musicology. The emphasis will be on popular music's role in society and developing appropriate research methodology and analytical skills.

 

BCM330 Contemporary Music Theory III

This paper aims to develop to a higher level the theory concepts presented in BCM230, Contemporary Music Theory II.  It will continue the development of students' abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay.  Aural skills will be developed to an advanced level.

 

BCM360 Project

This paper aims to provide students with the ability to research a topic correctly, collecting, assessing, and reporting the results in an appropriate academic manner.

 

BCM370 Music Education Studies 3

This paper aims to critically examine philosophical, historical, and social issues relating to music and music education. The paper will examine specific pedagogies in music education, such as Orff, Suzuki, Dolmetsch, Bartok and Kodály. A further element of this paper will be reflection on the student’s own experiences of music education and evaluation and examination of a current music education practitioner.

 

BCM371 Music Education Studies 4

This paper will develop advanced teaching skills for the teaching of music in specific contexts. It will develop the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to plan and execute a series of lessons designed for particular contexts and to reflect upon their teaching practice. 

 

Plus 60 credits selected from:

 

BCM350 Practical Studies 5

The aim of this paper is to provide the opportunity for students to take responsibility for a personal presentation based around their specialisation towards a high-standard music performance showcasing diversity.

 

BCM351 Practical Studies 6

The aim of this paper is to provide the opportunity for students to participate in a group tour to selected venues in the South Island of New Zealand.

Related Clips

Student Gallery

Additional Information


Here are the links to three clips from our End of Year Showcase performance concert.

These all feature Year two students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUyNOfTeUJY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in-kniAobug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NetG5fgeLnY

 

Additional Information


Here are the links to three clips from our End of Year Showcase performance concert.

These all feature Year two students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUyNOfTeUJY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in-kniAobug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NetG5fgeLnY

 

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in the arts as a performer or specialised instrument teacher.  It is also an excellent degree for those wishing to pursue further training as a primary or secondary teacher, and can also lead to further postgraduate study in music.

Application Criteria

Applicants will have evidence of the achievement of either a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at a Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects, with a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics and a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori.  Four credits must be in Reading and four credits must be in writing, or completion of an external or overseas qualification, which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications, as approved by the head of faculty.

 

Admission by Mature Entry

Mature entry applicants in this category will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

 

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, an applicant below the age of 20 who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry e.g. Certificate in Intermediate Contemporary Music. 

 

Provisional Part Time Admission

An applicant who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more year one papers, provided he or she meets the requirements above.  Upon successful completion of the papers, the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

 

Additional Criteria

In addition, the following requirements apply to applicants in all admissions categories.

 

All applicants are required to attend a live audition, or to provide a high quality CD or DVD. The audition performance should be of 10 to 15 minutes duration, and display the performers ability in three contrasting pieces and or styles on one or more chosen instruments of specialisation and/or voice.

 

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation.

 

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below. 

 

Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based

test

(pBT)

TOEFL

Internet-based

test

(iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

NZCEL

Certificate or Diploma at level 6 or 7

Degree

Score of 6

with no band score lower than 5.5

Score of 550

(with an essay score of 5 TWE)

Score of 79 or higher

(with a writing score of 20)

FCE

or

CAE with a score of 52 or higher

Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the degree programme. If there are more applicants than places available, students will be selected primarily on level of achievement in music performance, musicianship and theory, and or technical knowledge and skills.

 

All enrolments in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music are at the discretion of the programme manager in consultation with the head of faculty and teaching staff, as required. 

Satisfactory Completion

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Contemporary Music, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the schedule of papers (360 credits). The student completing the Bachelor of Contemporary Music will normally be expected to complete the three year programme (full time equivalent) within five years. The Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.




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