National Certificate in Music

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

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Entry requirements

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The National Certificate in Music (Level 3) is designed as a national qualification to:
provide a level of knowledge, skills and competence in music to permit and assist a pathway to further education and training;
meet specific industry profiles for people entering the workforce as musicians or as other members of music industry.

This qualification recognises demonstrated core knowledge, skills, and competence in music areas of performance, composition, theory, analysis, literature, and music industry. It enables the development of competencies and other related skills in music, and other performing arts sub-fields.

The qualification is the second of several levels in the sub-field Music, and leads to higher level music qualifications. While the qualification enables a selection of unit standards at level 3 or above, it is expected that nearly all students will make their selection from standards at levels 3 and 4.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Performing Arts at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Marie D'Albini Scholarship

Provided by:

The University of Auckland - The Scholarship Office



Up to $3,000 pa.

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The Margaret Woodhouse Memorial Scholarship

Provided by:

Iona College



Up to $10,000

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 385 9047
Fax: (04) 385 7024

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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