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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Certificate

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Summary

If you are a drummer, a keyboard player or a bass player or have other musical talents such as guitar or vocals, UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music might be the qualification you need to give your career a boost.

You will develop your individual and band performance across many popular music styles and you’ll gain skills in live sound and recording, theory, song writing/composition and music management. Gain professionalism and confidence for work in the music industry.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music have a good understanding of the music industry and the business of music, and are able to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Their specialist instrument
  • Performing within an instrumental ensemble to an industry standard
  • Music theory, analysis and technology to communicate musical ideas
  • Composing and performing original music

Possible career options include:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound engineering
  • Teaching
  • Band management
  • Event management

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Creativity

Course Information

  • Music Theory
  • Performance and Technology 1a
  • Performance and Technology 1b
  • Composition and Technology 1a
  • Composition and Technology 1b
  • Industry 1a
  • Industry 1b

Industry Connections

Throughout this course you will be performing in different environments from UCOL to a range of venues throughout the Manawatu, Whanganui and Wairarapa districts. Our lecturers are of the top calibre, playing with bands all over New Zealand and the world.

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 or
  • Equivalent academic achievement or
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.

Applicants must be able to play a musical instrument and/or sing confidently and competently in front of others. Evidence will be demonstrated by an audition or a DVD/video recording.

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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