School of Music

The School of Music offers an exciting range of courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in performance, composition, digital music, ethno-musicology, music history and research, musicianship and music education. The new Bachelor of Music Degree to be rolled out in 2014 opens up a wide range of opportunities and pathways for students.


Canterbury research into clean-up plans wins

14 July 2014 A UC geological sciences postgraduate has won a competition about communicating his thesis investigating the clean-up work required after an Auckland volcanic eruption. (read article)

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New Bachelor of Music Degree

New Bachelor of Music Degree

From 2014 the School of Music will introduce a new Bachelor of Music degree. The new degree has been constructed to address a broad range of career needs of aspiring professional musicians.

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School of Music Newsletter

Fresh and local .... Music on your doorstep.

Keeping you up to date with music events involving current and past staff and students

Read our latest online Newsletter - listed Wednesday 3 September

New Head of School Associate Professor Glenda Keam

Head of School Associate Professor Glenda Keam

Glenda Keam a composer, teacher and respected leader has joined the School of Music staff.

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‘My PhD is directly related to the work that I am doing within the community and throughout New Zealand...’

Andrew Withington Studying towards a PhD in Music
Music Director, Christchurch City Choir
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Announcements and Events

Events Coming Up for the School of Music

Composition Workshop with Dr Joanna Drimatis

Dr Joanna Drimatis (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) gives a presentation entitled: ‘Hidden Treasures: Editing Neglected Australian Orchestral Music’

When: Monday 8 September 3:30-5:00pm
Where: UC School of Music Recital Room 205
Entry: Free and open to all
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Dr Joanna Drimatis

Richard Haynes

Lunchtime Recital: Richard Haynes - Clarinet

Australian Clarinettist Richard Haynes performs a programme of works by UC SoM lecturer James Gardner and Karlheinz Stockhausen

Tuesday 9 September, 1pm-2pm
Where: UC School of Music Recital Room 205
Entry: Free and Open to All

Platform Festival: ‘Across The Water’

Violinist Cathy Irons (CSO) and violinist/violist Joanna Drimatis (Sydney Conservatorium) perform works by Douglas Lilburn, Bohuslav Martinu, American composer Paul Rudy and UC’s own Chris Cree Brown and Alex van den Broek. Features NZ premiere of van den Broek’s work: ‘Violin Duo’ - thanks to Creative NZ for their financial support.

cnzWhen: Thursday September, 1pm
Where: UC SoM Recital Room 205
Entry: Free and Open to All

Across the Water

Platform Festival: Rangiora Brass Band, conducted by UC SoM Intern, Keeneth Love

UC School of Music Intern Keeneth Love recently took the Rangiora Brass Band to the National Championships in Invercargill where they marched away with a host of awards. Come and hear them play, as we congratulate them in their success.

Saturday 13 September, 6:30pm
Where: UC Undercroft
Entry: Free and Open to All