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EXCEL School of Performing Arts
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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


EXCEL School of Performing Arts


The music programme is practical and performance focused. A range of both theory and practical based courses are offered that will develop students’ performance and technical ability within their given major. Students will receive two one-on-one music lessons with their tutors each week, as well as combined classes with their major stream.

The Music Fundamentals course will equip students to be able to read and write music and they will explore many contemporary music genres and settings in the Music Studies course. Students will also study Music Technology where they will develop composition and arranging skills and be able to collaborate with other music students for assessment and ensemble purposes. Learning how to operate and safely set up a PA system is covered in the Music Technology course and how to utilize and enhance musical compositions using Logic Pro and other software.

There are several opportunities for students to perform throughout the year and showcase what they have learnt. The courses PARTS-407 and DEVLP-408 are taken by all dance, drama and music students together.


Performance Music 1

Perform solo and in group on stage and gain confidence and performance skills (Semester One).


Performance Music 2

Perform solo and in group on stage and gain confidence and performance skills (Semester Two).


Music Technique

Training including two one on one lessons to learn the techniques for voice or instrument to gain mastery in your chosen area


Music Fundamentals

Improving your grasp of the music language to help you communicate your music to other people


Music Technology

Learning how to use computer based technology to record and enhance your performances as well as basic PA set up


Music Studies

Delving into the rich history of musical styles and using this to improve your own compositions and performances


Performing Arts Industry Studies

Finding out about the Performing Arts sector and how you can practically plan a potential career pathway


Personal Development

Learning how to be a stronger person and finding out more about God, yourself and others and how it fits into living in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Entry criteria

The minimum entry requirement for our Level 4 Certificate is NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

If English is a second language applicants must be able to provide evidence of meeting English Language proficiency requirements. Listed under Rule 18 of NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

The minimum age for entry is 18. In the audition, we are looking for evidence of previous experience or training and that the applicant has sufficient skill and talent to cope with the demands of the course. An audition panel assesses whether a place will be offered to you based on your performance ability and English language skills.

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