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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, 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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MAINZ Auckland

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ODiploma15Music19MAINZ Auckland
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MAINZ Christchurch

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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

  • 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 four years!

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

21 weeks full time

Graduates can apply, to an advanced level, the theoretical and practical skills required to create, play or sing contemporary music in an industry setting. They can apply knowledge of musical concepts, principles and techniques to identify chords, scales and modes in order to provide solutions for issues and problems associated with soloing on their instrument. Students can demonstrate knowledge of a targeted area of their own choice, in the field of contemporary music.

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

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

One year full-time

The Graduate Diploma in Music Production aims to give students with a relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent industry experience, the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of music production topics at Level 7.

International students who have already studied in the audio or music field will be attracted to the applied nature of the Level 7 core and elective courses. Domestic students who have a background in the wider music industry environment recognise that in the 21st century, many creative practitioners need to be multi-skilled in order to survive.

The ability to move between various areas of the music industry is increasingly demanded, including having the ability to instruct and teach. Graduate diploma students will be able to consolidate their current skills and add to them through the electives. The GDMP isalso an excellent ‘refresher’ qualification to add to a practitioners’ currency.

Course Details

One year full-time

All information is accurate at time of publishing, and may be subject to change later in 2018.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively apply the principles of effective management in conjunction with an in-depth understanding of the music industry
  • Establish effective management relationships with performing artists over an extended period to enable the artist to achieve key artistic and business goals
  • Effectively manage musical events, from initial conception to closure, to ensure successful achievement of event goals and outcomes
  • Communicate effectively with music industry professionals
  • Use standard administrative practices and appropriate information and communication technologies to support their roles as managers within the music industry
  • Market performing artists and musical events effectively and appropriately

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

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

One year full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Read and write music to an elementary level
  • Contribute to music composition and arrangements
  • Perform music with confidence and ability for an audience
  • Demonstrate technical ability on a musical instrument(s)
  • Use music creation and sound reinforcement technology
  • Apply a broad range of research skills to inform own music practice
  • Use a range of personal and interpersonal skills to work in the music industry
  • Apply understanding of the music industry to develop own career plan

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Use electronic music production and DJ techniques and processes to create and produce electronic music
  • Create and produce electronic music using a range of sound and electronic music hardware and software, as well as music production and DJ techniques
  • Apply music and sonic theory to create and produce electronic music
  • Perform as a DJ with confidence and ability for an audience
  • Create and produce electronic music and other sound-related works
  • Apply a broad range of research skills to inform own DJ practice
  • Operate in DJ and related industries using a range of personal and interpersonal skills and safe practices
  • Apply understanding of the DJ and electronic music industry to develop own career plan

Course Details

One year full-time

All information is accurate at time of publishing, and may be subject to change later in 2018.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Implement industry practices, processes and protocols to work effectively as part of a crew and with other departments to meet performance or event requirements
  • Maintain professional conduct and etiquette and apply appropriate communication to respond to internal and external stakeholders
  • Implement safe working procedures and practices for performance and events
  • Apply understanding of the entertainment technology industry to develop own career

Graduates of the Lighting strand will also be able to:

  • Safely install, operate and remove lighting equipment to meet the production and lighting plan requirements for a range of complex performances and events

Graduates of the Live Sound strand will also be able to:

  • Safely install, operate and remove sound equipment to meet the production and sound plan requirements for a range of complex performances and events or a live recording

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad range of fundamental theoretical, practical and technical music skills. They will be able to participate in group performances and understand the operation of recording systems. Graduates will have a basic knowledge of music theory and aural recognition. 

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

All information is accurate at time of publishing, and may be subject to change later in 2018.

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

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