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New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


MAINZ Auckland Campus


This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in Music.

It provides the music industry with performers that have the technical ability to perform with confidence.

Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Read and write music to an elementary level
  • Contribute to music composition and arrangements
  • Perform music with confidence and ability for an audience
  • Demonstrate technical ability on a musical instrument(s)
  • Use music creation and sound reinforcement technology
  • Apply a broad range of research skills to inform own music practice
  • 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

  • MUS401 Applied Music 1
  • MUS402 Applied Music 2
  • MUS403 Contemporary Music in Context
  • MUS404 Music Performance 1
  • MUS405 Music Performance 2
  • EMP403 Electronic Music Production 1
  • MUS406 Contemporary Music Writing
  • MUS407 Music Industry Studies

Career Opportunities

  • This qualification may lead to employment or self-employment as an entry-level musician at a range of events and venues.

Satisfactory Completion

To successfully complete and be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4) students must complete the prescribed programme of study and attain a minimum of 120 credits.

Entry criteria

Applicants should be 16 years of age, or older, have successfully completed NCEA Level 1 or equivalent, and have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of eight credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

Mature Applicant
Consideration will be given to applicants aged 20 years or older who do not meet the entry criteria if they can demonstrate a history of work, industry experience which in the opinion of the Programme Manager exhibits a likelihood of success in the programme of study.

All applicants are required to attend an audition.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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