MUSA250-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Community Music

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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 facilitate community music and music engagement activities, and an understanding of the wider context of the field, both internationally and within bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.

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.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 A8 Lecture Theatre (19/2-26/2)
Rehua 003 Music (4/3-25/3, 22/4-27/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 003 Music
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Elsie Locke 104A
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Musical activity observation report 20%
Community music project proposal 30%
4 LEARN Quizzes (10% each) 40%
Contribution to class discussion and workshop activities 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

International fee $4,663.00

* 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

  • MUSA250-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024