Music Technology (MUT)

Available in NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3


This course teaches students how to run recording sessions or setup for a live gig, mix audio and apply knowledge of sound theories to improve the quality of their productions. It also takes students through learning about how to use MIDI sequencing applications (such as Logic, Pro Tools, Studio One) and notation applications (such as Sibelius and Musescore)

Assessment outline

Students taking this course may wish to choose a course from multiple NCEA Levels, or choose the standards relevant to their level and supplement these with performance standards from the Music domain.




The Achievement Standards offered in this course may not be resubmitted, however, a reassessment opportunity may be offered to students who do not achieve the standard on the first attempt. This opportunity will only be offered to students who have shown a reasonable initial effort and who can demonstrate that further learning has occurred since the initial assessment opportunity.

Because of the nature of performance, there will be no opportunity to be reassessed on performance assessments (3.1, 3.2 and 3.3). Extensions will not be given for performance assessments except on medical grounds; a medical certificate will be required

Late work

Work submitted late for internal assessment Standards will not be marked. Absence from school due to sickness is not normally regarded as an acceptable reason for non-submission of assessed work. Alternate arrangements, electronic or otherwise should be made in this event. Remember to follow procedures for assessment as laid down in the Student Handbook for NQF. This is particularly important with regard to missed or late assessment and appeals. You must request an extension prior to the due date if you have a valid reason.

Authenticity and appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures. Essentially all work must be your own. You have the right to appeal a grade if you consider you have been treated unfairly. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.

Where does this course lead?

Students who complete this course will have the skills necessary to set up and operate a live sound system for conferences, events, or live Music performances. They will also have the ability to record and mix multiple instruments in a studio environment.

This course leads well into a Bachelor of Commercial Music - Music Technology.

Indicative costs

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