Puoro,
Commercial Music

Create new music for a new world.

Studio

Get hands-on experience in high-tech production facilities that compete with the best in the southern hemisphere.

Warren Maxwell

Work with some of New Zealand’s top musicians and professionals with strong industry connections.

Josie Moon at Other's Way Festival

Gain practical skills, experience and connections you need for a career in the multi-billion-dollar music industry.

Music technology lab

Discover a future-focused creative career that’s driven by new technology.

What can I study?

Music Industry

Bachelor of Commercial Music

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.

 

Harri Robinson

BCommMus
Music Industry major
Graduated 2018

“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!”

Harri Robinson

Harri Robinson

Music Practice

Bachelor of Commercial Music

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.

Josie Moon

BCommMus
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.

Josie Moon performing at Rhythm and Vines, 2018.

Josie Moon performing at Rhythm and Vines, 2018.

Music Technology

Bachelor of Commercial Music

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.

Kaysha Bowler

BCommMus
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.

Kaysha Bowler

Kaysha Bowler with Plex, her custom-built hardware and software controller.

What degree?

  • Bachelor of Commercial Music—BCommMus

    Create new music for a new world.

    Ideal if
    • You are interested in music and want to explore the various pathways in which a music career can lead to.
    • You are a school leaver or you’re starting a new career path.
    • You want a full immersive experience in music.
    Majors
    • Music Industry
    • Music Practice
    • Music Technology
    Key information
    Duration
    Three years full-time study.
    Entry

    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.

    Find out more about entry to the BCommMus

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due 13 January (February start).
    Find out more
    Microphone and cymbal
  • Bachelor of Commercial Music (Honours)—BCommMus(Hons)

    Make something more of your music.

    Ideal if
    • You achieved highly in the Bachelor of Commercial Music.
    • You want to refine your specialist music skills and become an advanced practitioner.
    • You have a project you want to work on with the support of our experts.
    • You want to support your creative practice with research.
    • You are interested in a Masters or PhD down the track.
    Key information
    Duration
    One year full-time study.
    Entry

    You'll need to have achieved at least a B average in the Bachelor of Commercial Music or an equivalent degree.

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due 13 January (February start).
    Find out more
    Katherine Winitana recording music with an acoustic guitar
  • Master of Creative Enterprise—MCE

    Take your creativity to the market.

    Ideal if
    • You have a creative industry idea you want to commercialise.
    • You want to learn skills for a sustainable creative career.
    • You've just finished an Honours degree or you're coming to university from the workplace.
    Key information
    Duration
    18 months full time, or longer if studied part time.
    Entry

    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.

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due January (February start).
    Find out more
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  • Doctor of Philosophy—PhD

    Become the absolute top in your field by pursuing rigorous research, and pushing and challenging current knowledge. Contribute significantly to the understanding of a field of interest.

    Ideal if
    • You want to produce a sustained piece of advanced research work in a creative arts discipline. This could be a written thesis, or one comprised of creative practice research and a written component.
    • You have completed a postgraduate Bachelor (Honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a Master degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field. This qualification must also include a substantive (minimum 30 credits) research project, dissertation or thesis in which you have achieved a minimum grade of B+.
    Key information
    Duration
    Three to four years full time, or six years part time.
    Location
    Auckland, Wellington, Manawatū, or by distance within New Zealand.
    Find out more
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Dr Oli Wilson

Oli Wilson

Senior lecturer and programme leader
School of Music and Creative Media Production, Te Rewa O Puanga

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.

Turn your talents into a lifelong creative career.

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