Graduates of the Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance (Level 4) will have skills in the use of music theory, analysis and technology to effectively communicate musical ideas, and will have knowledge of the music industry and the business of music.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate proficiency on their specialist instrument and 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.


The programme content includes

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Perception
  • Listening Analysis
  • Composition and Arranging
  • Primary Performance
  • Stagecraft and Entertaining Skills
  • Practise and Performance
  • Live Sound
  • MIDI
  • Recording Techniques
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Small Business Studies
  • Communications
  • Computing


  1. Demonstration of musical ability (Formal/informal/audition)
  2. English Language: IELTS (academic Test) 5.5, no bands under 5.0, or equivalent.

Course Level

Course Level Certificate – Level 4, 5, 6 or 7
Study Type Full Time
Region Auckland
Duration One year
Intakes 20 July
Tuition Fee 18,000 (or if enrol 2 years then $19,500 first year + $10,000 second year)
Other Study Costs $200 (Tai Poutini Polytechnic pays for Medical/Travel Insurance for their International Students)


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