Tioriori - Certificate in Music Production and Performance (Level 5)

Make music! Take your passion for music, upgrade with some core instrumental skills, throw in some gigs, learn how to network with key players in the industry – and you could soon be on your way to fame and fortune.

This contemporary music course equips you with everything you need to achieve your production and performance goals.

The qualification starts with the basics, giving graduates a strong grounding in theory and performance.

You’ll learn vocal and instrumental skills, performance and production techniques using the latest music technology and software.

The fun part is putting it all together at the gigs – you’ll get to perform on campus and in the community.

With these skills under your belt, most continue on to the Level 6 Diploma where you’ll produce your own unique album using software like Pro Tools and GarageBand. You’ll go on to make a music video, create a website and electronic press kit to promote your work.

Content Details

Theory and Harmony for the Contemporary Musician I and II
Extend your musical skills and knowledge of harmony, music notation, aural perception, and basic competence in keyboard harmony.

Music Technology I and II
You'll develop a working knowledge of public address (PA) set-up and audio equipment and apply practical and theoretical skills in live-sound mixing. You’ll explore the history of music technology, including the properties and behaviour of sound. You'll also acquire operational skills in current computer music software, gaining a knowledge of industry audio formats.

Culture and Practice in Aotearoa
Cultural influences of Aotearoa and how these are expressed through music. Explore your own cultural identity, values, belief systems and world views. You’ll develop an understanding of Te Ao Maori and apply this learning to your music.

Instrumental Study
Develop practical knowledge and technical skills in guitar, keyboard, vocals and drums through group tuition and practice. You'll gain an enhanced musical understanding of repertoire development, improvisation and sight reading.

Whakaaroaro – Communication for the Creative Arts
Critical thinking, research, writing and verbal presentation. Learn to communicate in a creative arts business setting.

Performance Studies 1
Apply technical skill, accuracy, musicianship, ensemble awareness and presentation through solo and group performance in your chosen instrument(s).


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

This programme is 34 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $5,832.00

2018 international students $19,952.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Tioriori - Certificate in Music Production and Performance (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

  • Performer
  • Live sound technician or engineer
  • Employment in related creative arts industries
  • Professional musician
  • Songwriter
  • Studio producer
  • Audio engineer
  • Tour management
  • Artist management
  • Self-employed studio operator

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Te Kamakama - Diploma in Music Production and Performance (Level 6)

Entry Criteria

  • You need to be at least 17 years of age
  • Be able to demonstrate by audition the musical ability to succeed in the programme
  • Have a minimum of 60 credits at Level 2 or above in NCEA, including Literacy, or have evidence of Level 2 literacy skills
  • Have a background in music theory or pass an entry test in music theory set by teaching staff

Mature students will have:

  • evidence of literacy skills at a minimum of NCEA Level 2
  • the ability to demonstrate by audition the musical ability to succeed in the programme


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.