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Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 26 June

2020 Semester 2: 13 July to 13 November

Duration:

21 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 60

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.

Students must choose a minimum of 60 credits from the following schedule of Level 6 and 7 papers. At least 45 of the 60 credits must be at Level 7. The remaining credits may be chosen from Level 6 or 7, with a maximum of 15 credits at Level 6.

Level 6 Electives

BCM200 Music Industry Studies (15 credits)
Provides students with a basic understanding of the structure and operations of the New Zealand and international popular music industry, and examines some contemporary issues facing the industry.  It also deals with agreements and contracts relevant to the music industry, and includes analysis of representative types of agreements and contracts. It will prepare performers and composers entering the music industry to be able to manage their business activities and market their work.  The paper will teach the basic principles of small business management and self employment pertinent to practitioners in the music industry, and outline the processes for development of a business and marketing plan.

BCM230 Contemporary Music Theory 2 (15 credits)
Develops to a higher level the theory concepts presented in BCM130, Contemporary Music Theory I.  It will continue the development of students' abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay. Aural skills, introduced in BCM130, will also be developed further.

BCM240 Contemporary Style Analysis (15 credits)
Provides students with an insight into major contemporary music styles (e.g. blues, rock, funk, jazz/fusion, grunge, techno, contemporary classical) by analysing harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, timbral and formal elements pertaining to particular styles.  Students will be taught to identify the characteristic features of disparate styles, and given the required theoretical and practical techniques to analyse these styles accurately.

BCM250 Practical Studies 3 (30 credits)
Provides the opportunity for students to begin developing their own direction as contemporary musicians within their chosen subject of specialisation.  There will be consolidation of the knowledge and techniques introduced in Practical Studies 1 and 2 in performance, technical extension, theory applications and musicianship skills applicable to the area of specialisation.  Students will also be introduced to presentational requirements through concerts, recording and workshops. At this level the focus is on performance of specific genre in contemporary music.

BCM251 Practical Studies 4 (30 credits)
Provides the opportunity for students to continue developing their own direction as contemporary musicians within their chosen subject of specialisation. There is a continuation of teaching in practical techniques, technical extension, theory applications, musicianship skills, musical professionalism, and performance applicable to the area of specialisation. At this level the focus is on performance of specific genre in contemporary music.

BCM254 Singer Songwriter Studies 1 (30 credits)
Students integrate knowledge and skills developed in the previous BCM140 Songwriting paper and/or previous relevant songwriting skills through the creation and performance examples of six new songs composed for various settings as contemporary singer songwriters.

BCM255 Singer Songwriter Studies 2 (30 credits)
Integrates and extends skills developed in the previous semester through the creation and performance examples of six new songs specifically designed for working scenarios. It will also foster inter-disciplinary collaborations through working on projects with other creative areas, such as drama and/or digital media.

BCM270 Music Education Studies 1 (30 credits)
Introduces students to teaching music. It will examine the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to observe and reflect upon music teaching in a variety of contexts, as well as plan and execute a lesson designed for a particular context. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop a business plan for a small business that is related to music teaching

BCM271 Music Education Studies 2 (15 credits)
Introduces students to music education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It will examine the history of music education in New Zealand and current perspectives. It will also explore other aspects relating to music education, such as multicultural music education, music therapy, and the informal learning practices of popular musicians.

Level 7 Electives

BCM320 Music in Contemporary Culture (15 credits)
Provides students with critical thinking skills and research techniques. The paper is built around five special topics; each will explore different issues that are part of contemporary culture. The emphasis will be on popular music’s role in society and developing appropriate research methodology and analytical skills.

BCM330 Contemporary Music Theory 3 (15 credits)
Develops to a higher level the theory concepts presented in BCM230 Contemporary Music Theory II, and in a variety of musical contexts related to contemporary music. It will continue the development of students' abilities to apply these concepts through the writing of a music analysis essay. Aural skills will be developed to an advanced level. Assessment will involve both written and practical components.

BCM360 Project (30 credits)
Students learn to research a topic correctly, collecting, assessing, and reporting the results in an appropriate academic manner.

BCM350 Practical Studies 5 (30 credits)
Students take responsibility for a personal presentation based around their specialisation towards a high-standard music performance showcasing diversity.

BCM351 Practical Studies 6 (30 credits)
Students participate in a group tour to selected venues in the South Island of New Zealand.

BCM354 Singer Songwriter Studies 3 (30 credits)
Students will integrate knowledge and skills developed in the previous year through the creation of a thirty minute album of new songs.

BCM355 Singer Songwriter Studies 4 (30 credits)
Students participate in a tour to selected venues in the South Island performing and showcasing new songs developed throughout the year.

BCM370 Music Education Studies 3 (30 credits)
Critically examines philosophical, historical, and social issues relating to music and music education. The paper will examine specific pedagogies in music education, such as Orff, Suzuki, Dolmetsch, Bartok and Kodály. A further element of this paper will be reflection on the student’s own experiences of music education and evaluation and examination of a current music education practitioner.

BCM371 Music Education Studies 4 (30 credits)
Develops advanced teaching skills for the teaching of music in specific contexts. It will develop the skills and techniques related to different ages and contexts of teaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to plan and execute a series of lessons designed for particular contexts and to reflect upon their teaching practice. 

BAP355 Specialist Audio (30 credits)
Provides students with the opportunity to specialise in a field of audio that may not be directly related to audio production.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tutorial fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $1013

International Fees can be found here.

 

The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate 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 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.
This programme leads students towards employment in the audio or entertainment industry, as well as on to further study in related fields.

 

The overall aim of the Graduate Certificate 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 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.

This programme leads students towards employment in the audio or entertainment industry, as well as on to further study in related fields.

Entry is open to degree graduates, however those who are able to demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, may be granted admission.

In addition, all applicants must gain approval from the Programme Manager regarding paper selection, and any applicable prerequisite requirements. Where the requisite knowledge or skill does not exist to allow direct entry into a Level 6 or 7 paper, some Level 5 study may be required in addition to the credit requirements.

Additional Criteria 
The following requirements apply to applicants in all admissions categories:

 

  • All applicants are required to attend a live audition, or send links to a prepared audition in an online format such as Dropbox, Google drive or Youtube. The audition performance should be of 10 to 15 minutes duration, and display the performer’s ability in three contrasting pieces and/or styles on one or more chosen instruments of specialisation and/or voice
  • Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

In order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music, the student will have been credited with papers and electives from the schedule of papers (60 credits).

The student completing the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Music will normally be expected to complete the half-year programme (full-time equivalent) within three years.

Notwithstanding above, the Head of Faculty, with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

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