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Bachelor of Contemporary Music - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

10 February to 13 November 2020 

Duration:

Three years full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music offers an industry-focused programme designed to prepare students for a professional career in contemporary music.

Students learn a variety of practical skills including performance, composition, arranging, songwriting, as well as learning industry standard recording and production software.

Students are further prepared for a professional career through classes in music and audio industry studies, music education, tour planning and concert promotion.Students also have access to world-class recording equipment and studios at SIT sound in collaboration with audio production students.

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, composers, or specialised instrumental teachers.

Features of the programme include:

  • 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 with weekly performance opportunities to hone skills and develop stage presence
  • Complete a double degree in Audio Production and Contemporary Music in just four years
The Bachelor of Contemporary Music offers an industry-focused programme designed to prepare students for a professional career in contemporary music. Students learn a variety of practical skills including performance, composition, arranging, songwriting, as well as learning industry standard recording and production software. Students are further prepared for a professional career through classes in music and audio industry studies, music education, tour planning and concert promotion. Students also have access to world-class recording equipment and studios at SIT sound in collaboration with audio production students." 

Year One  

BCM501 Music Theory and Aural 1

Develops students’ understanding in the main concepts of music theory and aural. In music theory the focus will be on common rhythmic values and groupings, scale types, intervals, modes, and chords. Students will develop a musical vocabulary to discuss notated music. The development of aural skills in melodic, rhythmic, interval and chord recognition will be enriched by basic keyboard skills in chord and scale construction.

BCM502 Music Technology 1

Provides students with the skills required to operate standard music technology equipment, including sound reinforcement systems, recording software and hardware, and other music computer applications.  There will be an emphasis on integrating theoretical knowledge with applied practical skills. This paper is intended to equip students with a wide base of practical and applied theoretical knowledge of audio and music technology as they relate to the music industry.

BCM503 Contemporary Composition Studies 1

Provides students with an overview of musical composition and arranging methods by examining a variety of creative processes and concepts.  Students will present their arrangements and compositions using industry standard recording, production and notation software. The creative processes will be documented and examined.

BCM504 Practical Studies 1
Develops skills in performing and reading notation in a contemporary music context in relation to an instrumental major (including voice). Students will receive weekly individual lessons on their instrument and perform in ensembles daily. Students will also perform at regular concerts in front of a live audience.

BCM505 Practical Studies 2

Provides the opportunity for students to develop skills in particular genres as contemporary musicians within their chosen instrumental major (including voice).  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship. Students will learn to write musical scores for their instrumental major and work on developing musical professionalism through group work and performances. Students will receive weekly individual lessons on their instrument and perform in ensembles daily. Students will also perform at regular concerts in front of a live audience.

CON501 Contextual Studies 1
Develops knowledge and skills in academic writing and presenting in the context of music and audio creative arts. The students will develop these skills by examining historical, technological, and socio-cultural influences in the development of popular music.

MAI501 Music and Audio Industry Studies

Students will be introduced to the music, audio and related industries internationally and in New Zealand. This paper will examine different roles and how they function within the industries (locally, nationally, and internationally). Students will gain an awareness of the supporting societies and organisations within these industries in New Zealand. Students will learn the basic principles of small business management and self-employment skills pertinent to practitioners in the music and audio industry, along with relevant marketing and promotional skills.

  

Year Two

BCM601 Music Theory and Analysis

This paper aims to further develop students’ understanding and applications of music theory and analysis. This paper builds on level 5 with advancing concepts in music theory in order to evaluate and apply them to read and write music to a complex level. The advancing concepts of music theory will be supported by analysis and practical application of musicological elements.

 

BCM603 Contemporary Composition Studies 2

This paper aims to develop students’ composition and arranging skills by examining a variety of creative processes and concepts, including composing music for visual media.  Students will present their arrangements and compositions using industry standard recording, production and notation software. The creative processes will be documented and examined.

 

BCM604 Practical Studies 3

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in particular genres as contemporary musicians within their chosen instrumental major (including voice).  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 chosen instrumental major. Students will learn to write musical scores for their instrumental major and work on developing musical professionalism through group work and performances.

 

BCM605 Practical Studies 4

This paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in particular genres as contemporary musicians within their chosen instrumental major (including voice).  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1, 2, and 3 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the chosen instrumental major. Students will further develop their ability to write musical scores for their instrumental major and work on further developing musical professionalism through group work and performances.

 

CON601 Contextual Studies 2

This paper aims to prepare students for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship. Students will learn critical, analytical, and reflective approaches to assess current knowledge, and will be introduced to various research methodologies with a focus on research in the creative arts.

 

Plus 15 Credits selected from

BCM602 Songwriting

This paper aims to develop students’ songwriting skills by examining a variety of creative processes and concepts.  Students will present their songs using industry standard recording, production and notation software. The creative processes will be documented and examined.

 

BCM606 Music Education Studies 1

This paper aims to introduce students to music education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 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 examine the history of music education in New Zealand and current perspectives, as well as exploring other aspects relating to music education, such as multicultural music education and music therapy. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop a business plan for a small business that is related to music teaching.

 

CIB601 Creative Industries Business and Legal

Small business management is essential for anyone intending to, or finding themselves, running their own enterprise within the creative industry sectors such as music, sound engineering and audio production, post production and other related creative industries. Students therefore will learn to manage their own professional business practice, professional development and industry knowledge to develop employment opportunities. They will research and analyse material and contexts for application to a creative industry business.

 

Elective 1 Any paper Level 5 and above to be approved by the Programme Manager

 

Year Three   

BCM720 Music in Contemporary Culture 
Learn critical thinking skills and research techniques. The paper is built around five special topics; each will explore different issues that are part of contemporary culture. The emphasis will be on popular music’s role in society and developing appropriate research methodology and analytical skills.

BCM730 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.

BCM760 Project
Provides students with the ability to research a topic correctly; collecting, assessing, and reporting the results in an appropriate academic manner.

Plus 60 credits selected from:

BCM750 Practical Studies 5
Students to participate in a group tour to selected venues in the South Island of New Zealand.

BCM751 Practical Studies 6
This paper provides the opportunity for students to take responsibility for a high-standard musical concert showcasing performance diversity. The students will design, assemble, transcribe all instruments, direct rehearsals, manage, perform and evaluate a 30-minute concert based around a particular theme.

BCM754 Songwriter Studies 3
This paper sees the student developing their own artistic image through the production of an EP of original works. It also provides the student with an overview of event management skills that can be applied to their own song writing career development.

BCM755 Songwriter Studies 4
This paper is a synthesis of technical skills, live production, event management, and song writing skills. It culminates in a professional, industry standard live performance of original works.

BCM770 Music Education Studies 3
This paper critically examines philosophical, historical, and social issues relating to music and music education. It will examine specific pedagogies in music education, such as Orff, Suzuki, 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.

BCM771 Music Education Studies 4
Develops 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. 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme

 

  • No Tuition Fees
  • 2020 Direct Material Costs: $1185 (Y1), $1545 (Y2) & $2160 (Y3)

 

International Fees can be found here

(*Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2019 costs.)

Students will be equipped with skills to embark on a career as a performer, songwriter, composer for film, television, and theatre, and music arranger. Students will also have the necessary skills for a career as a music educator or music writer, and also pursue further study in music therapy, music education, and music research.

The qualification aims to produce graduates who have a wide range of professional skills and are industry-ready.

School Leavers

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3, three subjects at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and
  • Literacy; 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of;five credits in reading and five credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy; 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or a package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627; all three required), 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

Mature Applicants

 Mature entry applicants will be 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

 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.

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 Contemporary Music.

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 provide links to an audition performance on a shared platform such as Youtube or Dropbox. Once an application is received, applicants will be sent details regarding audition material

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

English Language Requirements

 Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 / Diploma or Degree at Level 7 / Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7

 

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE) 
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) 
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. 
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests 
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill 
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

 

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.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm at SIT's Downtown Campus and Centrestage Theatre (Don St, Invercargill).

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