Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi Pūoro o te Wā
Code WR3083
Level 4
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance
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Programme aim

The Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance programme of study offered by Waiariki Institute of Technology, and the qualification to which it leads, is for learners who want to enter the music industry both within New Zealand and internationally. The programme leads to the Tai Poutini Polytechnic qualification of the same name delivered by the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ), a division of Tai Poutini Polytechnic. The programme will provide employers within the music and related industries, and their clientele, with graduates who have developed comprehensive, applied knowledge, skills and capability in music performance, music genres and composition, and music production processes, technology and communication, including instrument specialisation and active participation in the music industry. Graduates may also pursue further study in music performance and production.

Career opportunities

audio engineering, music event management or other careers in the creative sector.

Award information

To achieve the award of the Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance, students must complete a total of 120 compulsory credits and a minimum of eight live performance hours.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency on their specialist instrument;
  • perform within an instrumental ensemble to an industry standard (commensurate with paid performance work at small to medium sized venues as are commonly found in the New Zealand music industry);
  • apply skills and knowledge of music theory, analysis and technology to effectively communicate musical ideas;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the music industry and the business of music;
  • employ a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, under broad guidance and evaluation;
  • participate actively in the music industry as full-time or part-time professional performers and composers of original music; and/or
  • pursue further training in the areas of audio engineering, music event management or other careers in the creative sector.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
MUSC.4001 Music Fundamentals
Students will develop a fundamental understanding of standard musical notation and core musical elements including modes and scales, harmony, melody and rhythm, sight reading, listening analysis and notation skills.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
MUSC.4002 Contemporary Music
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the elements of contemporary music genres including melody, harmony, rhythm and instrumentation, enabling them to translate this knowledge into a practical song writing, improvisation, compositional and performance context.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
MUSC.4003 History of Music and Instrumentation
Students will develop an understanding of the elements of an array of historical music genres, the relationship between various musical genres and styles, why various styles exist, and historical and technological influences. Students will also investigate and develop an understanding of the history and working mechanics of a musical instrument...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, March
MUSC.4004 Music Composition and Production
Students will be introduced to recording processes, compositional concepts and design, and studio etiquette and processes. They will develop essential pre-production skills that culminate in the performance and recording of no less than two original compositions.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
MUSC.4005 Music Industry Fundamentals
Students will gain a thorough working knowledge of business practices within the music industry including the planning and management of music projects, promoting and distributing music, developing media packages and touring plans, communication and networking skills, and the relevance of tikanga Māori to the music industry.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
MUSC.4006 Music Technology: Studio Production and Live Sound
Students will be introduced to the use of technology in recording and live sound production, manipulating sound waves and frequencies using digital audio devices, and working with live sound equipment in studio and live performance environments.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, February
MUSC.5001 Music Performance and Stagecraft
Students will develop capability in their respective instrument, as well as practise and rehearsal skills, and essential stagecraft and performance presentation skills. Students will implement and record their progress using a personal development plan and by performing in solo and ensemble recitals.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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