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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) Strand in Music and Music Technology

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20 weeks

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This qualification is for individuals who wish to explore the world of music performance, musical theory, and music technology from an introductory level. It provides students with the foundational knowledge to continue into a Certificate in Music (Level 4). Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to: Learn to read and write music from entry level Students will be given weekly one on one tuition on their chosen instrument Contribute to music composition and arrangements Communicate effectively with peers, tutors and work cohesively within a band environment Organize and implement personal and group practice routine Perform music with confidence and ability for an audience Demonstrate rudimentary technical ability on a musical instrument(s) Use music creation and sound reinforcement technology safely and efficiently Apply a broad range of research skills to inform own music practice To log and reflect upon personal musical development Use a range of personal and interpersonal skills to work in the music industry Apply understanding of the music industry to develop own career plan.

Course Content

Compulsory - student must complete 60 credits

  • MMT210 Written Communications
  • MMT220 Keyboard Skills
  • MMT230 Ensemble
  • MMT240 Principles of Sound and Music Technology
  • MMT250 Live Sound and Event Technology
  • MMT260 Music Theory and Aural
  • MMT270 Composition
  • MMT280 Vocal Group
  • MMT290 Performance Major

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to demonstrate basic music and music technology skills and gain further abilities and knowledge to improve their educational and employment pathway.

The programme recognises the importance of applying core capabilities such as confidence, basic knowledge and skills, as well as literacy and numeracy, in a range of familiar music contexts.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) and be awarded this qualification the student must have successfully: -

  • Achieved all of the graduate outcomes in the graduate profile showing competence to a minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the Certificate in Music and Music Technology (Level 2) programme.
  • Completed required practical and theoretical course work and assignments.

The student will normally be expected to complete the Certificate in Music and Music Technology (Level 2) programme full-time over 19 tutorial weeks or part-time over 2 years.

Qualification Pathways

Graduates of this qualification may also study further courses at SIT such as:

  • Certificate in Audio Production
  • Bachelor of Audio Production
  • Certificate in Intermediate Contemporary Music
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Entry criteria

Open Entry

Language Requirements

Formal English language entry criteria are not applicable for this Level 2 or equivalent programme, however students should be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken).

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