Commercial music

Study with award-winning practitioners in world-class facilities.

Research

The work of our researchers is groundbreaking; it has led to new approaches to making and recording music; the creation of new instruments; the development of novel ways of promoting and performing music; and the development of new understandings about what goes on when people play and listen to the sounds they love.

Research

Careers in commercial music

Recent developments in digital technologies and online platforms offer new and exciting entrepreneurial and employment careers in the music industry. Musicians can compose for films, TV, games, apps and digital platforms, produce recordings, tour, and manage their artists and promote their brand.

Those working behind the scenes can find jobs in the recording and publishing industries such as artist and repertoire, marketing, or management. The live sector is also lucrative, and provides jobs in promotion, venue management and a range of other support roles.

Those interested in music technology can find entrepreneurial opportunities and employment careers in software and hardware development, sound engineering (live and in studios), as well as lighting design, and stage and production design.

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Facilities

Dubbing theatre

Students can access highly spec’d facilities, including a dubbing theatre equipped with an Avid S6 48ch digital console, with 7.1 Dynaudio Acoustics Block monitoring. There is also a 5.1 dubbing studio using a 16ch Avid Icon console.

Electronics technology laboratory

Students can access a dedicated Technology Lab, that has specialist equipment for hardware development, software development, electronics, prototyping and 3D printing.

Recording studios

Designed by Munro Acoustics (London) and Athfield Architects (WGTN), Massey University has recently constructed world-class recording facilities at the Wellington Campus. The flagship studio features 300m2 of live-rooms controlled by two of the world’s most sought-after desks; a 72ch Neve, and a 48ch SSL Duality analogue console. Both control rooms have an impressive selection of outboard and monitoring is with Dynaudio Acoustics soffit mounted speakers in 5.1.

Rehearsal rooms

Students can access five acoustically treated rehearsal rooms with backline and vocal PA systems suitable for modern music. The production rehearsal room, which also doubles as a live venue, is equipped with PA and full professional lighting rig.

Scholarships

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Internships

Bachelor of Commercial Music student experience

Bachelor of Commercial Music students from Massey University support Neil and Liam Finn's 'Where's My Room' tour of New Zealand.

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