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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Music (BMus) is a specialist degree that will suit you if you have musical skill and ambition or just a sheer love of music. Choose an Academic or Performance based programme and learn different styles and techniques that build your skill-base in the areas of music that interest you.

Combining theory with practical tuition, you’ll have access to our specialist teaching facilities, including the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

The three BMus streams are:

Academic Programme

  • Composition
  • Digital Music
  • Māori Musical Instruments in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Māori Song and Dance in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts
  • Western Music History

Performance Programme

  • Chamber Music
  • Performance
  • Performance Techniques
  • Western Music History

Composition Programme

  • Composition
  • Harmony and lyric development
  • Performance Techniques
  • Digital Music
  • Western Music History

Career opportunities

  • Advertising Executive
  • Arts Administration
  • Broadcaster
  • Composer
  • Film Music Producer
  • Journalist
  • Music Blogger
  • Music Retailer
  • Performer
  • Recording Artist
  • Teacher

Graduate study options

  • Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus(Hons))
  • Master of Music (MMus)
  • Graduate Certificate (GradCert)
  • Graduate Diploma (GradDip)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$30,595.00 (US$ 20,453) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

1 March 2021

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

Applicants must meet NCEA University Entrance criteria. Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.

For international students

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

For the Performance programme, a selection process applies and you will be required to successfully complete an audition.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

The University of Waikato offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Waikato Foundation Studies Programme
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