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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

Study Music at SIT

SIT can help you turn your passion 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, with collaboration between audio production students providing 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*

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

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

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Music Courses

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Three years full time

  • Specialise in keyboard, electric guitar, music education, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, saxophone, songwriter or voice.
  • Access to high quality instruments, equipment, studios and two performance theatres (both equipped with state-of-the-art audio equipment)
  • Strong music theory and practical components, with a broad base of industry studies
  • Students are provided with weekly performance opportunities - a great way to hone skills and develop stage presence
  • Complete a double degree in Audio Production and Contemporary Music in just 4 years!

Course Details

21 weeks full time

The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music programme 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 Certificate students will broaden their knowledge and focus on a targeted area of Contemporary Music which will enhance their professional skills or allow them to staircase to further study.

Course Details

One year full time

The overall aim of the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Music programme 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

20 weeks full time

This certificate has been designed to give you fundamental knowledge of the theoretical and practical components of contemporary music and sound engineering. The curriculum spans the following fields of study, music studies, music performance, performing arts technology, sound production and interpersonal communication.

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