Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance.xml Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance

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CertificateFull time – 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$5,600 - $6,100







Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


This certificate is a great way to take your first big step to becoming a music professional. You will benefit from a strong focus on contemporary music, especially live performance experience.

Music Arts is a great place to learn about and perform a variety of different music styles, including blues, reggae, hip hop/R and B, rock and pop. In the Certificate in Contemporary Music you will receive regular tuition on your chosen instrument, as well as getting the chance to form bands, rehearse and perform.

You'll get 'real world' experience working with students from other disciplines on in-house performances and in our recording studios.

Our regular guest speakers will not only educate and entertain you, but also offer valuable insight into the reality of life as a professional musician.

Find out more about studying music arts

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1.
Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Entry to the programme is dependent on an audition to assess:

    • instrumental or vocal skills and ability,
    • aural skills
    • basic musical theory skills,
    • ability and potential to study music.

    A successful audition will demonstrate skills and experience on a chosen instrument or as a vocalist. Applicants will:

    • be able to play a musical instrument and/or sing confidently and competently in front of others (preparing at least one piece of own choice).
    • demonstrate a basic knowledge of note recognition, simple major scales and chords, and note values.
    • complete a basic aural test.

    Auditions will be marked equally in the areas of technical ability, musical expression, theory knowledge, aural perception, performance experience, audition performance presentation, commitment/motivation and communication skills.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete the Music Arts Additional Requirements form and Application form
  • you will also be required to attend an audition

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme, you will be ready to:

  • pursue career opportunities in the music industry
  • perform as a soloist, or as a band member in a range of contexts
  • write, arrange and record music
  • pursue music tuition

Study pathways

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to enter further study, including:

  • Bachelor of Musical Arts - subject to successful selection
  • Level 5 qualifications in music from a range of providers, including MAINZ/TPP

Recommended school subjects

  • Music to Level 2 NCEA
  • English rich subjects to Level 2 NCEA