MUSA114-22S2 (A) Semester Two 2022 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Techniques of Song Writing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


MUSA114 teaches foundational techniques in popular song writing. Topics include creating memorable melodies, effective harmonization and use of common chord progressions, creating and developing compelling lyric concepts, and managing sectional forms. Students hone their writing skills while preparing a portfolio of songs.


Course Coordinator

Hamish Oliver


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Draft song presentation 20%
Portfolio of songs 70%
Song analysis 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All MUSA114 Occurrences

  • MUSA114-22S2 (A) Semester Two 2022 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)