MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques

To help prospective students meet our theory entrance requirements, MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques is normally offered in Trimester 3 (January–February) of each year.

MUSC 160 is designed to bring prospective music students who do not already have the required minimum level of theory knowledge up to the level required for entry into their first year of music study. The material covered by MUSC 160 is approximately equivalent to attaining Grade 5 Theory from Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM or AMEB. Students who pass MUSC 160 with a grade of B or better are eligible for entry into MUSC 166.

For enrolment deadlines for each trimester of study, please visit this page.

Year 13 students

Current Year 13 students can apply for Discretionary Entrance to MUSC 160 in Trimester 3. You must apply online and also complete the Discretionary entrance application form. Please look at the admission page for Discretionary Entrance.

However, if you are applying for a Summer Trimester preparatory course (CHEM 191, MATH 132, or MUSC 160) before your NCEA results are available, your admission for the following year will still depend on your getting University Entrance and meeting the Guaranteed Entry Score.