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New Zealand Certificate in Music

New Zealand Certificate in Music

Level 4

Take your love for music to a professional level by studying UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Music.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
Palmerston North intake
17 Feb 2020 - 20 Nov 2020

Whanganui intake
17 Feb 2020 - 27 Nov 2020

Domestic Fees: *
$6,505.00 (2019 fees)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$20,500.00 (2019 fees)

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is 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, UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music 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. Gain professionalism and confidence for work in the music industry.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Music 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:

 Course Information

Music Theory (30 Credits)
Learn to apply elementary music theory in a practical, written and aural environment. This may include:

  • Complete circle of 5ths 
  • Notes on treble clef and bass clef
  • All intervals up to an octave
  • Scales – Major, chromatic, blues, minor pentatonic, major pentatonic, major arpeggio, including major modes, parent scales and natural, melodic minor and harmonic minor.
  • Chords: Major, minor, sus4, dominant 7th, augmented, diminished, min7th, min7b5, augmented 7th, diminished 7th.
  • Rhythm – 2 bar rhythms including whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and corresponding rests. Including eighth and quarter note triplets.
  • 12 bar blues
  • Major diatonic chords
  • Chord progressions up to 6 bars
  • Melodic dictation up to 2 bars
  • Harmonising a short melody
  • Transpose a short melody

Performance and Technology 1a (15 Credits)
Perform and analyse a range of musical styles and performance technology in a range of performance environments. This may include:

  • Sound theory
  • Live sound technology, PA Set up, basic live band mixing
  • Instrument development training from a specialised mentor
  • Regular programme of practicing, and rehearsals is planned out and monitored
  • Artistic and creative goal setting
  • Improvisation, sight reading, technical fluency, agility and technical exercises for individual instrumentalists
  • Composing music for band and solo performance
  • Playing music in a range of styles in band or solo
  • Research and analysis of a range of genres

Performance and Technology 1b (15 Credits)
Perform and analyse a range of musical styles and devise strategies for performance technology in a range of performance environments. This may include:

  • Live Sound Technology, PA Set up, basic live band mixing
  • Instrument development training from a specialised mentor
  • Regular programme of practicing and rehearsals is planned out and monitored
  • Improvisation, sight reading, technical fluency, agility and technical exercises for individual instrumentalists
  • Composing music for band and solo performance
  • Critiquing music for band and solo performance
  • Playing music in a range of styles in band or solo
  • Participation in planning an event or function

Composition and Technology 1a (15 Credits)
Compose and record music in the studio and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). This may include:

  • Introduction to DAW software and hardware
  • Setting up a session in a DAW 
  • Recording audio, recording midi
  • Applying sound theory to the production process
  • Dynamic processing
  • Effects processing
  • Audio formats
  • Rendering audio
  • Electronic composition
  • Music Fundamentals (Rhythm, form, timbre, dynamics, Harmony, Melody)

Composition and Technology 1b (15 Credits)
Compose and record music for a range of scenarios. This may include:

  • Recording audio, recording midi
  • Applying sound theory to the production process
  • Dynamic processing
  • Effects processing
  • Mic placement
  • Session management
  • Headroom, Stereo Field, Dynamic range
  • Project planning
  • Working in the grid
  • BPM’s and Quantising
  • DAW short cuts
  • Compositional techniques in a range of environments

Industry 1a (15 credits)
Develop the skills and knowledge to function in the music industry of New Zealand Aotearoa. This may include:

  • Pepeha: genealogy and relationships
  • Te Whare Tapa Whā
  • Te Whare Tapere: traditional Māori performance types ( waiata, haka, poi etc)
  • Influence of Māori performing arts in the New Zealand music industry
  • Small Business (tax requirements, budgets, basic record keeping, business structures, funding)
  • Employment opportunities in the New Zealand music industry

Industry 1b (15 credits)
Manage a basic project as an individual or group. This may include:

  • Event planning
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to design concepts
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Brand development


Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Music supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance

 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

NCEA Level 2

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.


Applicants must be able to play a musical instrument and/or sing confidently and competently in front of others. Evidence will be demonstrated by an audition or a DVD/video recording.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 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 Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

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 New Zealand Certificate in Music comprises 120 Credits.

The New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4) may lead to employment or self-employment as an entry-level musician at a range of events and venues. 

Public performances may occur in licensed premises requiring students to be either over 18 with photo ID or have a legal guardian present.

Practicum/Work Experience/Internship
There are no practicum or work experience hours for this programme although students will be participating in public performances as part of their study.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

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.

 Accreditation

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.

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