Bachelor of Music

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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music 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 and performance. The New Zealand Diploma in Music (Level 5) is a pre-requisite for this course and stands as the first year of the degree. This degree is unique because it is taught within a Christian environment. Students will complete theology papers 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 Songwriting). The Bachelor of Music combines performance and academic study. Students continue to develop skills in their electives and also develop higher research and academic skills. Students can study the type of music they love in their specialist electives including Rock, Pop, R & B, Jazz or Classical.

The degree programme has a balance of both 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.

Available Campuses: Hamilton

Upcoming Intakes

21 Feb 2022


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.
  • Ensemble
    Ensemble puts you into real-life playing situations preparing you with live performances and arranging opportunities, and developing a repertoire of pieces that cover a range of contemporary styles.
  • Instrument/Vocal/Songwriting Stream
    Refine the skills you have learned in Year 1 on your instrument or voice. You also have an option to major in a Songwriting Stream which is subject to approval based on your work in Year 1. One-on-one tuition will continue for the entire year on a weekly basis that will develop new technical and rudimentary work, demonstrating your understanding of theoretical concepts and performance, and critical self-analysis.


  • Music Production and Technology 2 (pre-requisite is completing Music Production and Technology 1). If you’re a songwriting major, you have to take this course.
  • Improvisation (Instrument majors only)*
  • Vocal Ensemble (Vocal majors only)*

* These classes run every second year. They will be running in 2021.



  • Fundamentals and Analysis of Contemporary Music
    With advanced music reading and writing skills developed in the first two years of fundamentals, you will analyze contemporary music and write modern arrangements, in a range of settings.
  • Research Project
    Students have the option to choose a research project based on their strengths in either academic writing, producing a desktop research dissertation or; a practical research and practice project where students can research practical outcomes through areas such as music teaching/tuition, making an instrument or a live music project (to name a few).
  • Theology 2
    Develop your theological perspective through an understanding of the New Testament. There is a pre-requisite for this course which is pending approval.


  • Music Production and Technology 3 (pre-requisite is completing Music Production and Technology 2). If you’re a songwriting major, you have to take this course.
  • Internship
  • Theology 3
  • Music Education

Bachelor of Music (Level 7)

  • For students aged 17+.
  • NCEA Level 2 is required for students aged 16-19 (NCEA is not required for students 20+).
  • Have received some music training in an instrument or voice.
  • Be interviewed and auditioned.

Provisional Entry:

  • 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 years old.
  • International 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 a recognised equivalent test.

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Our Music programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this programme, 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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