Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)

National Code: CUA30915
TAFE SA Code: TP00998


If you have musical skills and a flair for entertainment, a career in music may be for you. This course provides foundation training for developing musicians for the commercial music industry. You’ll gain experience and expertise by studying under the supervision and guidance of industry professionals in an environment of learning at your own pace with access to industry standard equipment and studios.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time

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In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered in Semester 1, 2020. This may result in delivery changes to your course for Semester 2, 2020. If any changes are made, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Applicants are required to select one preference from the list below.

Instrument Code
Bass 101
Drums 102
Guitar 103
Keyboard 104
Voice 105
Other 106

Course Admission Requirements

  • Satisfactory performance in an audition
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by audition score
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • TAFE SA will contact you with audition details and booking dates. Please email enquiry@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • Audition Dates to be advised.
    • This course requires applicants to identify their preference of instrument.
    • Students doing this program will be expected to undertake a minimum of 8 hours of private instrument (this may be voice) tuition.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context in the music industry, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) (CUA30915)
    Key study areas include music notation, listening skills, performance workshops and performance skills. You will also cover the basics of copyright, Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) and working in the music industry. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 7 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice 40
    Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
    Implement copyright arrangements 20
    Work effectively in the music industry 35


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and apply musical ideas and listening skills 25
    Develop ensemble skills for playing or singing music 50
    Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media 35
    Develop technical skills in performance 20
    Install and disassemble audio equipment 50
    Notate music 40
    Prepare for performances 35
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