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New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year


Learn about performance and recorded music production, through instrument studies and other practical applications to develop competent skills and knowledge, within a creative environment.

This programme will prepare you for a career in the commercial music industry, including performance and recorded music production.

What you will learn

  • Learn to read and write music to an advanced level
  • Apply composition, arranging and lyric writing techniques to create a variety of music
  • Learn to perform music competently and creatively to engage an audience
  • Develop your technical ability on a musical instrument(s)
  • Create music and sound recordings in our state of the art facilities

Music programmes are taught in facilities that include: Recording studios, Digi labs with Apple computers, Music production suites, Performance room equipped with lighting, PA, projector and large screen and performance equipment; Fully equipped band rehearsal rooms; Fully equipped DJ booths; Individual practice rooms, equipped with keyboards, stereos and practice amps; Specialist music teaching rooms; Keyboard theory lab; Music library; Student music listening area.

Graduates can work in roles such as: composing for personal repertoire; organising personal group or gig; assisting in the production of live or recorded music; music/media business occupations

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