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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



40 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


Start your career in music here.

This one year programme is designed to give you the skills you need for employment as a musician, sound technician or event management assistant.

Or you can also pathway from this one year qualification onto the second year of the New Zealand Diploma in Music.

What will I learn?

Sound Production

These courses are designed to prepare you for live and studio sound production.

  • In MUS401 Sound Production Fundamentals you will explore a range of audio techniques and develop practical skills for elementary recorded and live music sound production.
  • In MUS402 Live and Studio Sound Production Techniques you will apply essential audio techniques and demonstrate practical skills in recorded and live sound production.

Music Studies

These courses are designed to enable your to learn about music, to write and arrange music and to develop musicianship.

  • In MUS403 Exploring Music Through Song Writing you will develop your music literacy and your ability to use musical elements to express musical ideas.
  • In MUS404 Music Literacy for Contemporary Musicians you will increase your music literacy and your ability to use musical elements for expressing ideas in composition, and will use reflective practices to develop their musicianship.

Music Performance

These courses are designed to enable you to build your technical skills, develop attributes for contemporary music performance, increase your knowledge of cultural and industry contexts, and prepare for your own professional practice as contemporary musicians.

  • In MUS405 Contemporary Music Performance Contexts you will explore a range of contemporary music styles, cultural contexts and issues, and experiment with techniques and processes for communicating musical ideas through performance.
  • In MUS406 Contemporary Music Performance and Industry Practices you will build your music performance skills and knowledge and develop your understanding of professional practices associated with careers in the music industry.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 2. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Or equivalent knowledge and skills

English language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have an international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 (with at least 5 in each band) issued within the last two years.

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the full entry requirements may be granted admission to the programme on the approval of the Head of Department or delegate if he/she is confident of the applicant’s ability to successfully undertake the programme with a reasonable likelihood of success.

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