MUSA250-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Music in our Community

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course facilitates a deeper understanding of music-making in local and virtual communities alongside developing students’ self-reflection as emerging professional musicians. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of bicultural aspects of music-making in our communities, build resilience and future-focused career development, enhance cultural understandings of and respect for self and ‘other’, and engage reflectively in community music-making activities.

This course aims to support student understanding of the ways that musicians participate in and contribute to their communities – either geographical or virtual – and to enhance self-reflection through community engagement. Topics include an investigation into the contemporary realities of bicultural New Zealand, approaches to futureproofing and resilience for musical futures, issues of respect and understanding in cultural exchanges, personal engagement and commitment to a project, and improving presentation skills and audience engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have:
● Acquired knowledge of music practices across the community, including geographical and virtual communities, and across the bicultural landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand;
● Developed a knowledge and understanding of the key issues surrounding community music-making including the role of schools, choral and instrumental organisations, bands, underground music scenes, the music industry;
● Acquired knowledge of community engagement, local participation and outreach activities;
● Acquired knowledge of the social functions of music
● Learned ways of documenting and reflecting on practical community-based activities

Transferable Skills
Students who pass this course will have gained experience in:
● Organisational skills: goal setting, working to deadlines, multi-tasking
● Research skills: gathering and interpreting data, creative problem solving
● Collaborative and co-operative skills;
● Critical thinking skills;
● Self-reflective skills.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Any 30 points at 100 level from MUSA.

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
● 24 hours attending lectures
● 4 hours completing Take Home Test
● 12 hours Wiki Project
● 40 hours Research Exercise
● 70 hours researching, documenting and collating material for Seminar / Report

Course Coordinator

Yoo Sim


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 40% Survey of a community-based music project.
Assignment 2 60% Participation in, research and reporting of a community-based music project.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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 .

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  • MUSA250-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021