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Bachelor of Musical Arts - MAINZ Auckland

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 17 February to 26 June

2020 Semester 2: 20 July to 27 November

Duration:

Three years full-time

Location: MAINZ Auckland
Credits: 360

The aim of the Bachelor of Musical Arts is to provide you with advanced competencies in performance, production, composition and arrangement. You will gain specialist skills in popular contemporary genres, gain transferable skills in critical analysis and research, and develop artistic integrity.

Music transcends boundaries, communicates and inspires. Our contemporary music degree pathway will take your music, performance and composition skills to an even higher level. In the final year of study, you will complete a supervised research project to add to a portfolio of work to take with you when you graduate.

Year One

MUS501 Applied Music 1

With weekly individual lessons from an instrument tutor, a series of workshops and classroom activities you will focus on technical and musical elements of music including pitch, rhythm, and harmony in a range of contexts. Subject to audition, you can choose to major in vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, horn(s), EMP (electronic music production), or singer-songwriting.

MUS502 Applied Music 2

With weekly individual lessons from an instrument tutor, a series of workshops and classroom activities you will focus on technical and musical elements of music including pitch, rhythm, and harmony in a range of contexts. Subject to audition, you can choose to major in vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, horn(s), EMP (electronic music production), or singer-songwriting.

MUS503 Music Performance 1

Focusing on your primary instrument within a group setting, Music Performance 1 and 2 helps you develop tools to perform original and cover material to a commercially viable industry standard. You will develop your capacity as a performer in both a live and studio setting, and learn industry-critical skills such as the creation of lead sheets, technical riders, and how to effectively and safely operate a PA system.

MUS504 Music Performance 2

Focusing on your primary instrument within a group setting, Music Performance 1 and 2 helps you develop tools to perform original and cover material to a commercially viable industry standard. You will develop your capacity as a performer in both a live and studio setting, and learn industry-critical skills such as the creation of lead sheets, technical riders, and how to effectively and safely operate a PA system.

MUS505 Contemporary Music Writing 1

Through a series of song and/or instrument writing assessments, Contemporary Music Writing 1 and 2 will help you develop Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) skills from a musician's perspective (a musician's guide to DAW). You will learn how to listen within context, to a broad range of musical genres and you will engage in contemporary music processes.

MUS506 Contemporary Music Writing 2

Through a series of song and/or instrument writing assessments, Contemporary Music Writing 1 and 2 will help you develop Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) skills from a musician's perspective (a musician's guide to DAW). You will learn how to listen within context, to a broad range of musical genres and you will engage in contemporary music processes.

CTX501 Contextual Studies 1

In Contextual Studies 1 you will develop critical thinking, research, communication skills, and develop the ability to view music through differing sociocultural perspectives including, but not limited to, race and gender.

CAS501 Creative Arts Industry Studies

In Creative Arts and Industry Studies, you will study and apply principles and practices of small business for self-employment in the audio, music, and related industries. You will analyse industry structures, practices and relevant legislation including copyright.

Year Two

Compulsory Papers (all streams)

MUS601 Advanced Applied Music 1

Following on from MUS501/2, you will continue to receive lessons from your primary instrument tutor, developing your technical ability and musicality to an advanced level. In class, you will study advanced harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic devices through the lens of established artists, then apply these devices to your own compositions.

MUS602 Advanced Applied Music 2

Following on from MUS501/2, you will continue to receive lessons from your primary instrument tutor, developing your technical ability and musicality to an advanced level. In class, you will study advanced harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic devices through the lens of established artists, then apply these devices to your own compositions.

MUS605 Advanced Contemporary Music Writing 1

Through study of composition and arrangement techniques, and further DAW engagement, Advanced Contemporary Music Writing 1 and 2 will help you develop your individual and collaborative music writing processes create your own musical identity. By the end of both courses, you will have a portfolio of music and sound related works.

MUS606 Advanced Contemporary Music Writing 2

Through study of composition and arrangement techniques, and further DAW engagement, Advanced Contemporary Music Writing 1 and 2 will help you develop your individual and collaborative music writing processes create your own musical identity. By the end of both courses, you will have a portfolio of music and sound related works.

CTX601 Contextual Studies 2

In Contextual Studies 2 you will develop a capacity to analyse the influences of Te Aro Māori and other knowledge frameworks on creative practices, and learn to analyse and critique a range of technological, socio-cultural and historical influences on creative practice using established academic conventions.

Elective 1 

You may choose any 15 credit elective from any Level 5 to Level 7 course at MAINZ including DJEMP, Music Event Management, and Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production. 

Performance Pathway

MUS603 Advanced Music Performance 1

In Advanced Music Performance 1 and 2, you will develop individual and collaborative skills to inform your music performance identity. Following on from MUS503/MUS504, your performances will be focused on the development of your own compositions, both in the studio and on stage. You will learn to take risks with your song writing and be encouraged to venture from your comfort zone as a process of artistic self-development.

MUS604 Advanced Music Performance 2

In Advanced Music Performance 1 and 2, you will develop individual and collaborative skills to inform your music performance identity. Following on from MUS503/MUS504, your performances will be focused on the development of your own compositions, both in the studio and on stage. You will learn to take risks with your song writing and be encouraged to venture from your comfort zone as a process of artistic self-development.

Production Pathway

AEP504 Applied Audio Engineering 1

As an alternative to the L6 performance pathway, by choosing the L6 production pathway you will develop your capacity in audio engineering and production. You will use audio hardware to apply standard audio engineering processes to complete a multi-track recording. You will critically analyse historic approaches to audio engineering, music production, audio technology, and processes and techniques as they apply to dynamic recording and missing contexts.

AEP602 Production Styles

As an alternative to the L6 performance pathway, by choosing the L6 production pathway you will develop your capacity in audio engineering and production. You will use audio hardware to apply standard audio engineering processes to complete a multi-track recording. You will critically analyse historic approaches to audio engineering, music production, audio technology, and processes and techniques as they apply to dynamic recording and missing contexts.

Year Three

Compulsory Papers (all Streams)

CAP702 Major Project Planning

The student-led capstone project will allow you to work within areas of interest applicable to your own artistic identity. This may include (but not be limited to) the creation and/or production of an album or EP, film score or music for game audio.

CAP703 Major Project Implementation

The student-led capstone project will allow you to work within areas of interest applicable to your own artistic identity. This may include (but not be limited to) the creation and/or production of an album or EP, film score or music for game audio.

RES702 Research

You will learn to analyse, evaluate and apply effective and appropriate research methodologies and effective problem solving strategies to research projects. You will write a research report, and deliver an oral presentation of research findings to the class.

SON703 Sonic Art and Applied Production

You will learn the history and application of Sound Art & Sound Design techniques, including practical skills in advanced sound theory, electronics, and the development of studio based production skills.

Elective 2

You may choose any 15 credit elective from any Level 5 to Level 7 course at MAINZ including DJEMP, Music Event Management, and Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production. Alternatively you may choose a 15 credit elective from a Level 5-7 course from any NZ provider.

Elective 3

You may choose any 15 credit elective from any Level 5 to Level 7 course at MAINZ including DJEMP, Music Event Management, and Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production. Alternatively you may choose a 15 credit elective from a Level 5-7 course from any NZ provider.

This programme is NOT eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

2019 fees:

Domestic Fees: Year 1: $6799, Year 2: $7107, Year 3: $5091

International Fees: $19,000 including a resource fee

The aim of this programme is to enable graduates to be musically and academically competent practitioners who are able to apply the skills, knowledge and attributes necessary for successful participation in global music and creative industries.

School Leaver

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3

Applicants are also required to sit an audition and successfully complete a theory test which will be held concurrently on the same day.

Preference will be given to applicants who have achieved Merit or Excellence in Music.

Mature Applicant

Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience which in the opinion of the Programme Managers exhibits a likelihood of success in the programme of study.

Consideration will be given to students who progress through other TPP/MAINZ/SIT programme pathways (e.g. Foundation Sound and Music).

Applicants may be required to attend an interview or provide a portfolio of audio related work.

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


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

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

To successfully complete and be awarded the Bachelor of Musical Arts students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 360 credits.

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