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Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance

Level 4

Love music? It could be your career. Have you thought about strengthening your skills with UCOL’s Certificate in Contemporary Music?

Music student plays guitar on the Wairarapa campus
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time or part-time study options

Palmerston North
27 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

27 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$6,163.58Scholarship info

International Fees:*
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* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

If you are a drummer, a keyboard player or a bass player or have other musical talents such as guitar or vocals, this music course might be the qualification you need to give your career a boost. 

You will develop your individual and band performance across many popular music styles and you’ll gain skills in live sound and recording, theory, song writing/composition and music management.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance have a good understanding of the music industry and the business of music, and are able to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Their specialist instrument 
  • Performing within an instrumental ensemble to an industry standard 
  • Music theory, analysis and technology to communicate musical ideas
  • Composing and performing original music

Possible career options include:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound engineering
  • Teaching
  • Band management
  • Event management

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Performing Artists and Film, TV and Music Technicians.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

Industry Connections

Throughout this course you will be performing in different environments from UCOL to a range of venues throughout the Manawatu, Whanganui and Wairarapa districts. Our lecturers are of the top calibre, playing with bands all over New Zealand and the world.

Learning Facilities

UCOL has rehearsal rooms, computer mac suite for composing and theory along with classrooms where we relax and learn. Recording facilities on all campuses, with the centralised recording studio on the Palmerston North campus where the mastering suite is located. All students have opportunities to compose and record their music.

Domestic Entry Requirements

You must be able to play a musical instrument and/or sing confidently and competently in front of others. Literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance comprises 120 credits.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Course Information

  • Music Knowledge 
  • Music Performance 
  • Music Technology
  • Working in Music
  • Communications


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.