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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected February 2023


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


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.

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