September 3, 2008

Looking for a Sound Career Choice?

MAINZ, (the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) a division of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, is a market leader in audio training in New Zealand and dedicated to promoting professionalism in the local industry. With a strong practical focus, MAINZ helps develop the technical, creative, and communicative skills critical to succeeding in a competitive and evolving music industry.

At the Christchurch campus, MAINZ offers three industry focused programmes - Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production: Level 5; Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production: Level 6; Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production: Level 4/5.

These are full-time one year programmes.

The Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production introduces students to the world of audio from a studio and computing recording perspective. During the Certificate year, students will gain a solid understanding in the theory and practice of recording and mixing music. The Certificate year is generally considered the prerequisite for the Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production.

The Diploma programme is designed as a direct follow-on from the year one Certificate and expands considerably on skills established during the first year. At this stage students undertake several major projects that require them to apply their skills, knowledge and creative talents. These include recording and mixing an EP, creating their own website and making a short video of their choice.

The Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production prepares students for a career in the live sound and lighting profession. This programme operates with "a hands on approach". During the year it is compulsory for students to complete 200 hours work experience.

Live Sound students are offered a diverse range of work experience. The Live Sound programme have been actively involved with the Smokefreerockquest each year by providing Stage Management and Crewing and they take an active role setting up and operating the lighting and sound for the Smokefreerockquest heats and regional finals this year.

MAINZ Live Sound tutor, Marcus Winstanley says that this year the bands that have entered the Smokefreerockquest have been of a very high quality and there have been a diverse range, too, highlighting the depth of talent in Christchurch. Winstanley says it has been really enjoyable working with young bands.

Former MAINZ students have gone on to become recording engineers, event managers, lighting and staging experts, radio production engineers, professionals musicians and DJs.

The MAINZ facility has the latest industry standard equipment including recording studios, Protools and MIDI suites, a performance space and student services.

Applications are now open for MAINZ's 2009 courses. For more information phone (03) 365 9195, or


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