If you have a passion for all things musical, this programme will equip you with the skills you need for higher-level study and a successful career in music composing, performing, producing or teaching. The Certificate in Music (Introductory) improves your understanding of musical history and styles from New Zealand and beyond, lets you experiment with new music technologies, and helps you find out how to turn your love of sound, composition and music technology into a rewarding career as a musician or in the music-related industries.
- Practical music-making sessions, rehearsals and tutorials.
- Numerous opportunities for musical expression and creativity.
- Inspiring and professional lecturers who are well-known and highly regarded in the industry, have good connections and can get you the exposure you need.
- Visits from local and international musicians - your chance to learn more about the wide range of employment opportunities offered by the music industry.
- An opportunity to discover how to make and write music using computers and acoustic instruments.
- Classes in a state-of-the-art venue.
- Entry into the Diploma in Contemporary Music for students who achieve a Pass or Merit grade in all four Certificate courses.
- Also available on a part-time basis.
The Certificate in Music (Introductory) acts as a bridging route for those who want to study the Diploma in Contemporary Music, but who don't currently meet the entry requirements.
For this programme, you will need the following:
1. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
3. A minimum of 3 years secondary education or equivalent
4. Demonstrate competence in aural and musical abilities by attending an audition/interview
5. If English is your second language, you will need to have one or more of the following:
- Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
- Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
- Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years
Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:
- Completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) or equivalent; or
- Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.
For more information download the programme regulations:
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.
|Music Skills (PASA3401)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To facilitate the development of a broad range of music notational and aural skills, and mathematical understandings related to musical knowledge.|
|Music Studies (PASA3404)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable a broad understanding of music history through the ages and around the world, and enhance understanding of the contexts of New Zealand and contemporary musics in cultural history. To provide opportunities for students to enhance their literacy and research skills, reading comprehension and critical thinking.|
|Collaborative Music Performance (PASA3406)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To facilitate the experience of small ensemble work via rehearsals and performances, develop techniques of improvisation, and collaborate in the creation of new works for performance.|
|Writing Music (PASA3413)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To guide the creation of short musical works, and facilitate the learning and understanding of music notation including computer notation.|