Diploma in Performance Music


This programme gives students a chance to advance the development of their chosen stream (vocals, an instrument or songwriting).  The Diploma in Performance Music is a one-year Diploma at Level 6 (equivalent to second-year university) which directly follows on from the prerequisite one-year Diploma in Contemporary Music Level 5.


By this stage of the study, students will have developed a high level of skill with continued one-on-one tuition.  This, along with the Diploma in Contemporary music, is a pre-requisite for the Bachelor in Music. 

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Advanced Performance Music Training

You will study stimulating music subjects that require critical thinking, verbal and written communication as well as showcasing your talent and developing your confidence and professionalism, through a variety of individual and group performances.


The course is in a dynamic Christian atmosphere, with a focus on the special context of modern Christian music. You will complete a theology paper and enjoy weekly worship times with other Vision College students, helping you to grow in your faith while taking your musical skills to an advanced level.


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Course at a Glance

Diploma in Performance Music



Next Intake

19th February 2018

Course Length

Fulltime: 1 Year

Course Info

Level: Level 6
Credits: 240 (120 will come from the pre-requisite Diploma in Contemporary Music)


Domestic fees:$6,840 per year - $855.00 per 15 credit paper
International fees: $18,445.00 per year

Main Employment Outcomes:

Music Tutoring


Level: 6
Credits: 240 (120 will come from the pre-requisite Diploma in Contemporary Music)




This second year of the programme allows students to further develop in their chosen stream (either voice, instrument or songwriting). By this stage, students are developing a high level of skill with the continued one-on-one tuition.

Students will study stimulating music subjects that require critical thinking, verbal and written communication, as well as showcasing their talent and developing confidence and professionalism through a variety of individual and group performances.

The Diploma in Performance is a one-year programme, but completion of the Diploma in Contemporary Music is a pre-requisite.




Core Papers

 - Fundamentals of Music
 - Western Music History
 - Research Methodology
 - Music Education


Christian Paper

 - Worship Theology & Practice


Optional Papers

 - Music Production and Technology
 - Music Industry and Business Studies
 - Arranging and Composition
 - Contemporary Christian Music Culture
 - History of Blues and Jazz
 - Improvisation (Instruments)
 - Vocal Ensemble


One of these streams:

Instrument Stream

 - Instrument
 - Ensemble


Vocal Stream

 - Voice
 - Ensemble


Song Writing Stream

 - Song Writing
 - Ensemble





Diploma in Contemporary Music (Level 5)


You must:

 - Be a minimum age of 17 years old* and have four years secondary education (NCEA 2) or be a mature student aged over 20
 - Be interviewed and auditioned
 - Students wishing to enrol will need to be at Grade 3 theory level, either ABRSM or Trinity.
 - International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5, or a recognised equivalent test.
 - Domestic applicants whose first language is not English will be interviewed to assess their level of English competency and may be required to complete a placement indicator test.
 - *International students must be at least 18 years old.




Graduate opportunities in Contemporary Music are vast and varied.

From Directing to Music Teaching, Production to Composition. Music Graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Christian Music) can find themselves in industries ranging from Advertising to Film & TV, Radio, Journalism or even Education.

Below are some of the career opportunities available to our Music Degree Graduates!

Careers in Education

Primary School Teacher, Secondary Music Teacher, University Music Educator, Private Instructor, Choir Director, Music Librarian

Careers in Ministry

Music Director, Creative Arts Director, Worship Leader


Careers in Performance
Performing Artist, Session Musician, Background Vocalist, Theatre Musician, Accompanist, Product Demonstrator, Music Director

Music Business & Managment

Artist Manager, Talent Agent, Concert Promoter, Retail Sales Management, Entertainment Attorney, Business Manager, Music Business Consultant, Record Company Executive, Publicist,  Record Sales Positions, Music Publisher, Tour Coordinator, Road Manager, Tour Publicist, Sound Technician

Careers in Composition

Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor, Composition Educator/Teacher, Transcriber, Editor (Print Music Publishing)

Careers in Writing & Production

Composer, Arranger, Producer, Acoustic and Electronic Orchestrator, Composer for Film, Television, Theatre, and Multimedia, Jingle Writer, Songwriter.

Careers in Production & Design

Sound Designer, Film/Video Sound Designer, Digital Audio Editor, Producer, MIDI Pre-Producer, Interactive Multimedia Specialist, Computer Music Researcher, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Production Assistant, Studio Manager/Owner, Sound Technician, Acoustic Consultant, Audio Engineer, Digital Remastering Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Rerecording Mixer, Studio Designer.

Film Scoring

Film Composer, Music Editor, Sequencing Programmer, Orchestrator, Music Supervisor, Film Arranger, Film Conductor.

Careers in Songwriting

Performing Songwriter, Jingle Writer - Radio & TV, Songwriter/Producer, Lyricist, Composer, Music Supervisor, Stage Musicals/Librettist, Music Director

Further Study
A one-year teacher training course at a School of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy, A Master’s Degree in Music.








Domestic Fees:
$6,840 per year - $855.00 per 15 credit paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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International Fees
$18,445.00 per year

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.
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Course related costs can be found in the Application costs tab




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