User:Neil Copeland

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Tēnā koutou katoa.

I grew up in Waitara, Taranaki, in the North Island, New Zealand, but I have lived most of my adult life in Dunedin, in the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu).

My university qualifications are all from the University of Otago. These are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), majoring in Greek.
  • Bachelor of Divinity (BD), majoring in New Testament.
  • Two Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDipArts), in Greek and Hebrew.
This is a 4th-year qualification, between a Bachelor's and a Master's degree.
  • Two Diplomas for Graduates (DipGrad), with papers in Russian, Latin, Old English and Icelandic.

This is a qualification for graduates that covers papers at undergraduate and (optionally) postgraduate level. At least three of the six or more papers required for the diploma must be at 3rd- or 4th-year level. I have done Russian and Latin to 3rd-year university level, two papers in Old English at 3rd- and 4th-year level (the course begins as a 2nd-year paper), and a paper in Icelandic, which is offered at 4th year only. I have another 4th-year paper in Old Church Slavonic incorporated into my BD.

  • Certificates of Proficiency (COP) in Māori language and Culture
A COP is awarded for a single paper which is not incorporated into a degree or diploma. I have done 4 years in Māori language (8 papers) and a number of papers on Māori culture at 1st and 2nd year level.

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Folk music in New Zealand

This article is about the styles of music performed in and promoted by folk clubs and folk music festivals in New Zealand. It is also about the clubs and festivals themselves, and the culture they represent.

The Wikipedia article on New Zealand music lists the four following types of music under the heading "Folk music":

  • Māori music
  • Pioneer folk music
  • Brass bands
  • Highland pipe band

It is not the intention of this article to debate or dispute this categorisation. From an ethnomusicological point of view, Māori music, highland pipe band and pioneer folk music would all qualify as folk music. The appearance of brass bands on the list would probably surprise devotees of both brass band and folk music. Most of the music treated here does not fit any of the above categories, and pioneer folk music is the only item on the list that comes into the scope of this article.

The topic is not restricted to New Zealand folk music—which can be defined broadly as folk music produced by New Zealanders, or more narrowly as folk music identifiable by its style or content as belonging to New Zealand—but includes all music performed in folk music contexts in New Zealand, especially by musicians resident in the country.

  1. Lack of media attention (given or sought) makes sources a problem—especially for Celtic music.
  2. Introduction: defining terms. Compare New Zealand music page, which lists the following as folk music:

(Distinguish) New Zealand folk music - any folk music originating in New Zealand? - any folk music identifiable as such by style or content? By contrast "Folk music in New Zealand" includes all folk music played in New Zealand as part of the "folk scene".

Prob best defined as music performed in the folk scene (define) - loose network of folk clubs, with their associated festivals, plus the less formal Celtic music scene which is connected with the club scene, but has its own existence

Separate sections on Celtic music.

Other strands-- some country (esp bluegrass); kletzmer, blues,

Festivals and clubs

Celtic vs ceilidh/bush band vs "Irish band"

List of musicians

#Other people with important connections to the scene

Talk:Folk music in New Zealand

At the time of creating this article, my knowledge is limited mainly to the folk scene in Canterbury and Otago, although I know some artists from further north who put in an appearance down here from time to time. Accordingly I need good input by northerners to help me produce a page that isn't severely distorted, with all the apparent weight at the bottom. Koro Neil (talk) 14:07, 25 February 2008 (UTC)