MUSA250-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Music in our Community

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


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 introduces students to community engagement through music, and in particular to the field of community music—an approach to music making which fosters active participation in music making for all. Themes include the use of music for cultural preservation, social connectedness, mental health, disaster recovery, rehabilitation, and other community-building processes.

The course provides students with both the practical tools to participate in and lead community music and music engagement activities, and an understanding of the wider context of the field, both internationally and within bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand. Students who complete this course will have the skills and knowledge to become or to work professionally with community music leaders.

MUSA250 is a core course within the Bachelor of Music degree, and will also be of especial interest to students with an interest in social work, social sustainability, health science, youth and community leadership, psychology, and education.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will:
  • Have musical and interpersonal skills to lead and/or participate in community music and music engagement activities;
  • Be able to plan participatory music-making events;
  • Be able to articulate the relevance of community music and music engagement to their own developing careers;
  • Be able to evaluate community music, music engagement, and music outreach activities;
  • Have an understanding of the history of, and recent issues within, the field of community music, both in bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally;
  • Reflect critically on their own practice as a musician within their community.
    • University Graduate Attributes

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

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      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.

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Musical activity observation report 20%
Contribution to class discussion and workshop activities 10%
Community music project proposal 35%
5 LEARN Quizzes (7% each) 35%

Textbooks / Resources

(Image: "Alex, age nine, performs again at the 44th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park.” by Ryan Kawailani Ozawa, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Cropped from original.)

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 MUSA250 Occurrences

  • MUSA250-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022