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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, Wairarapa

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

Palmerston North
22 February 2016 - 25 November 2016
06 June 2016 – 10 March 2017

22 February 2016 - 25 November 2016

Domestic Fees:*

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details.

* 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

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound engineering
  • Teaching
  • Band management
  • Event management
  • Or staircase to further study.

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 NZ and the World with gigs.

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

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
Minimum entry for international students of IELTS (or equivalent) General or Academic Level 5.5 with no band lower than 5. IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Advice & Guidance

To optimise chances of successful completion it is advisable that students under 20 years have gained NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. For the course Music Performance 2 an attendance of 80% is recommended.

Course Information

  • Music Knowledge 1
  • Music Knowledge 2
  • Music Performance 1
  • Music Performance 2
  • 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.