Seek out and develop new ways to commercialise music in a fast-changing digital world.
Study artist development and management, label and distribution networks, music publishing, and the production of one-off and large-scale live events.
Learn about emerging business models that challenge traditional industry conventions.
Work together with other students, supported by staff with international music industry experience.
Music Industry major
“Studying at CoCA gave me the grounding I needed in order to process and understand my teenage experiences in the music industry. Rather than getting stuck in a cycle of constant volunteering-for-exposure like so many people looking to break through, Massey helped me to channel my previous industry experiences in a direct way, and figure out which facet of the industry would suit me best.
“Being able to seek advice from industry professionals of such a high caliber gave me such unique insight into the industry overall; it was lovely to have a network of professionals who’ve gone through the industry themselves there to support you, who can provide a realistic approach to the industry they’re teaching.
“Thanks in no small part to this course, I am now the Programme Director at Radioactive.FM, Wellington’s stalwart alternative community radio station; I have also workshopped my third-year project into the Student Radio Network’s first show entirely featuring high-school aged hosts, ‘High Frequency’, which Massey’s CoCA is now sponsoring!”
Study musicianship and performance using your instrument or musical interface of choice.
Explore digital production and composition techniques.
Improve your song-writing and composition, and learn essential recording production methods.
Work in groups in an environment that encourages creative risk-taking.
Music Practice major
“The degree taught me about collaboration and finding yourself in musical spaces that are unfamiliar.
“I was studying musicology at another university and I realised that I didn’t want to just write about music. I wanted to make it too.
“As soon as I realised that I could sing, I just decided that I was going to make music my career without a Plan B.”
Drive change and disruption in the music industry.
Use world-class recording and production studios and custom-designed technology labs.
Collaborate with other music students and respond to industry needs.
Learn hardware and software development (including programming, coding and electronics).
Explore the world of sound engineering. Operate industry-standard large consoles and the latest digital recording and editing technologies.
Develop live light and sound skills so you've got all aspects of live events in venues covered.
Music Technology major
Graduated in 2018
“I have always been musical and from an early age I’ve known that I wanted to have a career in the music industry.
“At high school I was in bands playing drums, guitar and keyboard, now I am much more into electronic music rather than traditional instruments.
“Music technology is more than just building instruments and pedals. For me it's experimenting and creating cutting-edge technologies that allow us to do more as creatives and musicians.”
Music Industry—Open entry, but you should take part in a consultation to make sure the programme is right for you.
Music Practice—You'll need to attend an audition as part of your application.
Music Technology—Open entry, but you should take part in a consultation to make sure the programme is right for you.
Selected entry—you'll need to submit a portfolio of your creative work, and a written expression of interest. Attend a consultation with the MCE coordinator to discuss your project before you apply.
Find out more about entry to the MCE.
Dr Oli Wilson is a musician, educator, and widely published researcher of popular music. He has been the programme leader for the Bachelor of Commercial Music (BCommMus) since 2015, and led the initial development implementation of the degree.
Dr Wilson’s main area of research concerns the impact new digital and communication technologies have on music culture in indigenous communities. He has undertaken extensive research on the recording industry in Papua New Guinea, and has published on New Zealand and Australian popular music.
Oli is also a music practitioner having performed, co-written or produced several NZ-charting singles and albums. He currently plays keyboards in one of New Zealand’s most internationally high-profile group The Chills, and regularly performs internationally.
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