Bachelor of Music

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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music (Level 7) is a three-year full-time music qualification that brings students to an advanced level of knowledge and skills in major areas of musical understanding, music production, and music performance. The NZ Diploma in Music Level 5 is a pre-requisite to this music course and stands as the first year of this degree. The music degree is unique because it is taught within a Christian environment. Students will complete a Theology paper and enjoy weekly worship times together with other students and staff.

Students who choose to complete this music degree will receive further one-on-one tuition in their chosen stream (Instrument, Voice, and Song Writing). Students continue to develop skills in their elective and also develop higher research and academic skills. Students can study the type of music they love in their specialist voice or instrument electives including Rock, Pop, R&B, Jazz or Classical. Students are given opportunities to experience all aspects of music, including assisting in the annual Vision College tour to schools and other performance events.

This Bachelor of Music has a balance of both music performance and academic aspects and many of our graduates have been highly successful in their music-related careers which include performance, education, church leadership, music management and music production. Some have furthered their study with Post Graduate Diplomas or Masters degrees.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.


Upcoming Intakes

15 Feb 2021


Domestic Fees
$19,200 (3 Years)

International Fees *
$55,335 (3 Years)

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
* 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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  • Fundamentals of Music
    Gain knowledge of the materials and theory of music to express, record and analyse ideas, as well as understand and accurately reproduce written music.
  • Western Music History
    This paper explores and offers a critical and analytical survey of Western music from the medieval period to the 20th Century.
  • Research Methodology
    Answer questions and acquire new knowledge around a chosen topic.
  • Contemporary Christian Music
    Explore, by means of a critical and analytical survey, Contemporary Christian Music from the 1970’s to the present.
  • Worship, Theology and Practice
    This elective is designed to prepare students for ministry in church music positions, such as music directors, worship leaders, musicians and singers.


  • Music Technology and Music Production
  • Arranging and Music Composition
  • Music History of Blues and Jazz
  • Improvisation in music



  • Fundamentals and Analysis of Contemporary Music
    With advanced music reading and writing skills you will analyze contemporary music and write modern arrangements, in a range of settings.
  • Music Research Project
    Complete a research project on a musical topic of your choice
  • Theology 2
    Develop your theological perspective through an understanding of the New Testament.


  • Music Technology and Music Production
  • Internship
  • Theology 3
  • Music Education

Bachelor of Music (Level 7)


Domestic Students

  • Be a minimum of 17 years old and have four years secondary education (NCEA Level 2), or be a mature student aged over 20
  • Have received some music training in an instrument or voice
  • Students will be required to produce two referee reports and complete a pre-audition form
  • Be interviewed and auditioned
  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme

International Students

  • International students must be at least 18
  • Students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5, or equivalent test.

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Our Music Course requires you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this course, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Musician - Kaiwhakatangitangi

Musicians write, arrange, conduct, and perform musical compositions.

Artistic Director - Kaihautū Toi

Artistic directors select the work to be performed at theatres, choose directors/choreographers and other staff, and supervise productions.

Entertainer - Kaiwhakangahau

Entertainers perform a variety of acts, such as dance, drama or acrobatics, to entertain an audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Our graduates have continued on to complete a Post-Graduate Diploma or an Honours Degree and then on to completing a Master's Degree.

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time and not interfere with your classes or study.

No, we have a computer lab available for students however you may want to have your own device/laptop so you can work where and when you like.

Our Bachelor of Music will allow you to work in all sorts of areas of the music industry. Start a career in music education, ministry, composition and song writing, music production, film scoring, as well as music business and management.

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