MUSA250-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Community Music

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course provides an introduction to the field of community music both in bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Students learn to create and understand music activities that build community and foster social engagement.

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

  • Develop musical and interpersonal skills to participate in and/or lead community music and music engagement activities;
  • Be able to plan and evaluate participatory music-making events;
  • Explain how participatory music-making can positively affect individuals’ and communities’ health and wellbeing;
  • Discuss the role of community music as a vehicle for inclusive and life-long learning;
  • Demonstrate how community music activity can foster inclusive and resilient cities;
  • 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 45 points.

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Musical Activity Observation Report 20%
Community Music Project Proposal 30%
4 LEARN Quizzes 30% 4 quizzes between August and October.
Workshop Participation and Contribution to Class Discussion 20%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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

  • MUSA250-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023