NCEA Level 3 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Diedricks

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Music.

At Ashburton College we are fortunate to offer a wide variety of musical experiences which help students to choose their path. Those students wanting to continue learning instruments have access to itinerant music teachers. These students are encouraged to enter competitions and festivals and join in music making opportunities within the college community. Several tertiary options are available for student wanting to study music. The career opportunities are many and varied. Examples of these are: broadcasting, performing, sound engineering, teaching, recording artist, studio musician, amongst others. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These include choirs, rock bands, instrumental and vocal groups, chamber music groups and orchestra. Students are encouraged to perform at competitions and festivals in Mid–Canterbury and further afield. 


  • Solo/Group performance;
  • Composition;
  • Arrangement;
  • Theory/aural skills;
  • Music Technology;
  • Analysis; and 
  • Research.

This course is a University Entrance approved subject.