Program Delivery

Our point of difference is that, through our mentoring programmes in music, radio and event management, young people are able to directly engage and connect with people working in the creative industries. This enables them to learn about a wide range of industry relationships, knowledge and skills. Our rangatahi benefit from exposure to real-world industry experience and training connecting them to employment opportunities and access to further education pathways.

The focus is slightly different for each individual, but the goal remains the same; to empower the young person to make positive changes in their life.

CTOA uses an innovative modular system of elective topics or sections. This system allows students to follow their own objectives and to build and tailor individual courses and/or programmes to empower them on their learning pathways.

Topics

Delivery

Individual Goals and Outcomes

  • Music Performance
  • Live Sound
  • Studio Work/Production
  • Composition/Songwriting
  • Artist & Professional Development
  • Radio Broadcasting 
  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Event Management/Production
  • Classroom-style
  • Hands-on Demonstration 
  • Presentation-style
  • Problem-solving
  • Practical Exercises
  • Public Performances
  • Projects and Assignments

CTOA uses an innovative modular system of elective topics or sections. This system allows students to follow their own objectives and to build and tailor individual courses and/or programmes to empower them on their learning pathways.

Technical Skills

Soft Skills

Experience Requirements

Students are expected to gain transferable skills and knowledge for media industry careers and pathways for further study. All courses emphasise students’ individual development, musicianship and wellbeing.  

Students will have opportunities to: 

  • Develop their performance skills through both solo and group performances 

  • Develop compositional techniques through creating original songs 

  • Develop skills in musical literacy 

  • Develop aural skills

  • Develop skills in recording and live sound

  • To enhance understanding of a wide range of music genres by listening to and analysing music 

  • To use a range of music instruments and music technology tools for developing and presenting their work in innovative ways

In addition to the technical skills learned, CTOA’s courses all teach a range of soft skills that will develop and prepare a young person for any industry.  CTOA recognises and favors five key competencies identified in The New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols and text
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

At CTOA we value each individual’s unique skills and abilities and have a range of courses to meet many needs.  Entry requirements into each workshop, course and programme are based on a student’s needs and prior experience.

We do not discriminate.  Your ethical views, moral codes, religious laws, sexuality, and gender will all be respected. Everyone that comes through our doors is family and welcome here.

Applying Knowledge

After the successful completion of a CTOA workshop, course or programme, students will be awarded with a CTOA Certificate, outlining both the soft and technical skills they have learned.  Each student will gain an understanding of not only what skills they’ve learned but also how to apply those skills, in any industry.

Assessment activities options include: 

  • Individual Projects
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Online Assessment Tools 
  • Written Reviews
  • Performances
  • Recording sessions 
  • Portfolios

Students are expected to gain transferable skills and knowledge for media industry careers and pathways for further study. All courses emphasise students’ individual development, musicianship and wellbeing through the development of hard and soft skills