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Study Music at SIT

SIT can help you turn your passion for music into a career!

  • Small, friendly classes
  • One on one lessons in your major instrument
  • The right mix of practical performance and music theory
  • Fantastic performing and recording facilities

The SIT School of Music offers a range of contemporary music courses in which students undertake weekly performances, organised tours and concerts and enjoy one-on-one lessons and performance workshops. Students also have access to world class recording equipment and recording studios at SIT Sound, and collaboration with audio production students provides future business networks, and of course great friendships!

As well as being strongly practical, students are taught to read and transcribe music charts. Our tutors have all worked in the music industry, and prepare students for a wide range of music careers.

Students can study a variety of majors, from practical performance through to songwriting or music education studies. Graduates of SIT music courses are performing, teaching and writing music throughout New Zealand and around the world. Graduates can also go on to postgraduate study as the programme develops research and critical thinking skills in its academic papers.

Programmes in Music

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Invercargill

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ODegree15Music1Invercargill
ODiploma15Music1Invercargill
OCertificate15Music1Invercargill
OShort Course15Music1Invercargill

MAINZ Auckland

ODegree15Music19MAINZ Auckland
ODiploma15Music19MAINZ Auckland
OCertificate15Music19MAINZ Auckland
OShort Course15Music19MAINZ Auckland

MAINZ Christchurch

OShort Course15Music20MAINZ Christchurch
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools


Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Music Courses

Click a title below to see more information about that course.

Three years full-time

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music offers an industry-focused programme designed to prepare students for a professional career in contemporary music.

Students learn a variety of practical skills including performance, composition, arranging, songwriting, as well as learning industry standard recording and production software.

Course Details

Three years full-time

STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THIS PROGRAMME WILL:

  • Contribute to the growth of strong local and global music communities
  • Use entrepreneurship to represent professional creative practice
  • Embed sound business practices and principles to maximise a sustainable career
  • Articulate an artistic identity informed by theory, practice, reflection and cultural contexts
  • Apply a range of theory, improvisation, technology, composition and arranging literacies to a musical context
  • Adapt to the use of emerging technologies in the music industry and wider creative industries
  • Integrate an understanding of tikanga, and Māori traditional and contemporary culture in their possessional practice
  • Be able to work as a professional musician in creative industries, education and music event management

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

The Graduate Certificate will cover to an advanced level, the theoretical and practical skills required for students to create, play or sing contemporary music in an industry setting. The programme will include knowledge of musical concepts, principles and techniques to identify chords, scales and modes in order to provide solutions for issues and problems associated with instrumental soloing. Students can demonstrate knowledge of a targeted area of their own choice, in the field of contemporary music.

Course Details

One year full-time

The overall aim of the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music is to equip graduates, who may have majored in a different discipline, with the skills and knowledge that fulfil the expectations of the contemporary music industry, its practitioners and clients.

Graduate Diploma students will acquire critical thinking and independent learning skills, along with in depth knowledge in contemporary music and will enhance their professional skills in this selected area or staircase to postgraduate study.

Course Details

Two years full-time

The aim of the qualification is to provide those wishing to work in the music industry with further development in their understanding of what is required for employment or performance and/or provide a base for further education.

Course Details

One year full-time or two years part-time

The aim of the qualification is to provide those wishing to work in the music industry with a foundation of basic skills and knowledge required for entry level employment or/and provide a base for further education.

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply music theory to read and write music to an advanced level
  • Apply composition, arranging and/or lyric writing techniques to create a variety of music
  • Perform music competently and creatively to engage an audience
  • Demonstrate technical musical ability and artistic proficiency on a musical instrument(s)
  • Create music and sound recordings for critique using a range of recording, editing, and mixing techniques
  • Research and analyse a range of influences to inform own practice
  • Manage and take responsibility for own professional practice
  • Analyse characteristic of the music industry to develop own career path

Course Details

15-17 Weeks full time

This paper aims to introduce students to DJ Mixing and Turntablism. It will explore DJ practice both theoretically and practically, providing an understanding of the processes and techniques of the performing DJ. It will provide students with an historical overview of DJ mixing, as well as health and safety information. This will benefit students if they plan to perform and mix music. 

 

Course Details

One year full-time

This qualification is for individuals who wish to develop their experience and practice in Music.

It provides the music industry with performers that have the technical ability to perform with confidence.

Graduates can contribute to the cultural, social and economic life of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Course Details

19 weeks full-time

Designed to provide learning experiences that enable students to develop the core knowledge, skills and personal attributes sought by employers and required for entry-level positions in music and entertainment industries.

The purpose of the programme is to allow students interested in music industry careers to sample a variety of pathways while working through entry level audio engineering, music performance, live sound and event management.

This course provide a pathway and qualifications for musical, non-academic students primarily focused on developing musicianship, recording and live sound skills.

Course Details

20 weeks full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Search, comprehend, use and communicate information from a variety of texts and digital media relevant to the context
  • Apply basic knowledge, including literacy and numeracy skills, to solve problems relevant to the context
  • Reflect on experiences with a range of people, cultures and communities
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a team or group to achieve a task or outcome
  • Develop and reflect on relevant learning and career goals

Course Details

20 weeks full-time

  • Search, comprehend, use and communicate information from a variety of texts and digital media relevant to the context
  • Apply basic knowledge, including literacy and numeracy skills, to solve problems relevant to the context.
  • Reflect on experiences with a range of people, cultures and communities
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a team or group to achieve a task or outcome
  • Develop and reflect on relevant learning and career goals

Course Details

19 weeks full-time

Designed to provide learning experiences that enable students to develop the core knowledge, skills and personal attributes sought by employers and required for entry-level positions in music and entertainment industries.

Course Details

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

6pm - 9pm

4 Day course

Get comfortable behind the decks and get the skills to take command of the dance floor. Practice your turntable skills, learn how to properly handle a record, blend tracks together using industry standard DJ mixers, and grasp the basics of NZ developed DJ software Serato DJ. This course will set you up with the fundamental skills of DJing and give you the tools that could lead to further study or kick-start your DJ career. 

Course Details

10am - 4.30pm Saturday

Are you working on a computer-based recording system? Do you want to improve the production quality of your work? Various techniques and strategies, including looking at instrumentation, using rhythm and melody, improving lyrical structures, editing and effects, will help you find your voice and develop your unique sound. 

Course Details

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