Performance Studies

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Performance Studies

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Music Performance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Tuition to develop performance skills in a solo instrument or voice, a second instrument or voice, or an approved popular music or World Music Option (either Gamelan, Taiko, Taonga p?oro or Scottish piping or drumming). Solo study students will develop skills for possible entry to MUSI141 or MUSI240.

    This 18-point course caters for students wishing to develop their performance skills. It can be taken in one of the following ways:

    -As a preliminary performance paper that can either lead into a higher-level 18-point MUSI course (ie MUSI 240) or a 36-point MUSI course (ie MUSI 141)
    -As a course for the one-semester exchange student
    -As a second-instrument study for existing performance students
    -As a course in an approved World Music option

    Therefore, there are two main areas:
    1)Solo Instrumental: Admission to the Performance Studies paper in a solo instrument is by audition. The paper provides tuition to develop the candidate's potential in a semester or whole-year course
    2)World Music Option: Students will learn to play traditional and contemporary music in an approved World Music Option (Gamelan, Taiko or Scottish piping or drumming). Gamelan and Taiko are ideal for students with no prior knowledge of these styles of music. An audition is not required for Gamelan or Taiko

    Text books are not required for this paper.

    Learning Outcomes
    -By the end of the paper, having been guided through a course of technical and musical study especially designed to meet your individual needs, you should have an appropriate command of your instrument/voice and will be more capable of achieving expressive musical results
    -You will also have an enhanced understanding of the repertoire for your instrument or voice

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.