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 at the Invercargill campus

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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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Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Music courses at the Invercargill campus

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Three years full-time

Features of the programme include:

  • 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

21 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

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

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 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
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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
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