Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Entry requirements

UNDER 20 YEARS: Knowledge of and capability in music performance, and completion of NCEA Level 2 or equivalent. OVER 20 YEARS: Knowledge of and capability in music performance and/or applicants with music qualifications. All candidates will be required to undergo an audition and interview to verify music knowledge and skills. Any candidate who does not meet the above entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme at the discretion of the Head of Department for Creative Art and Design, in conjunction with the Programme Area Lead for the Waiariki Academy of Singing and Music, where the candidate can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme. In such cases, entry will be conditional on an appropriate individual programme of learner support being established for the candidate. Where the candidate is unable to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme, the Head of Department may recommend an alternative programme of study for the candidate.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

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.

What graduates earn

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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Marie D'Albini Scholarship

Provided by:

The University of Auckland - The Scholarship Office




Up to $3,000 pa.

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The Margaret Woodhouse Memorial Scholarship

Provided by:

Iona College




Up to $10,000

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: (0800) 86 46 46
Phone: (0800) 86 46 46
Fax: (07) 544 2386
Email: info@toiohomai.ac.nz
Web: http://www.toiohomai.ac.nz

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