New Zealand Certificate in Performing Arts (Level 3)

Designed to prepare students for further study in music or DJ music. Focus on performance skills, playing in a band, professional studies and music theory. Make music in a warm, supportive and industry-focused environment. Build foundation skills in music.

Develop your skills. learn different styles and play in a band.  Learn alongside industry professionals, create original songs and gig in local venues. 

Our students get the opportunity to gig with prominent artists which previously have included Annie Crummer, Warren Maxwell, Bella Kalolo, Barnaby Weir and Karl Steven.

This programme replaces the well-known Whitireia Certificate in Foundation Music.


Programme outline

This programme provides an introduction to musicianship on your chosen instrument (including the voice) and the contemporary music industry. It includes:

Introduction to Music and Music Industry

Introduction to music theory and managing a career in the music industry.

Music Instrument Studies

Application of technical skills, exploration of musical genres, personal practice.

Ensemble Workshop

Rehearsal responsibilities, working together, communicating, recording and reflecting on own learning.

Ensemble Performance

Collaborating with other performers, connecting with an audience, delivering the performance


Specialise in your passion: 

  • Drums
  • Keyboard 
  • Bass
  • Guitar 
  • Vocals 

Entry criteria

Evidence of basic instrument or vocal ability based on audition. Auditions are open now.

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Further study options

New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production (Level 4)