New Zealand Certificate in Music
Level 4

New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

  • We are evolving

    From 1 October 2022, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    20 February 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    40 weeks full-time including six weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2023: $6,840 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


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.

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Johnny Cash performance theatre
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Recording studios

State of the art facilities

You will have the opportunity to organise and perform with fellow students in our Johnny Cash performance theatre

Music students have exclusive use of our recording studios.

Study alongside other creative industries students from Arts, Media, Interior Design and Creative Writing, in our purpose-built Creative Industries building on Nile Street.

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.








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