Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)

National Code: CUA40915
TAFE SA Code: TP01000


If you have musical skills and a flair for entertainment, a career in music may be for you. This course provides comprehensive training for developing musicians for the commercial music industry. You can select electives such as song writing, mixing live sound and music technology. 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

Music Professionals Music Professionals

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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

  • Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) or
  • Satisfactory performance in an audition
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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
$2,741 - $3,741

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • TAFE SA will contact you with audition details and booking dates. Please email busarts@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • This course requires applicants to identify their preference of instrument.
    • 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 use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts. They apply solutions to a defined range of unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. Job role titles may include: Musician; Singer-Songwriter, Band Member.

    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 IV in Music Industry (Performance) (CUA40915)
    Designed to provide comprehensive training for developing musicians wishing to build a strong foundation in all aspects of the music industry. Key areas include musicianship, aural, improvisation, music technology, music business, performance workshops and performance skills. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 10 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.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply work health and safety practices 10
    Articulate, present and debate ideas 40
    Investigate micro business opportunities 30
    Use and respect copyright 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Compose simple songs or musical pieces 35
    Develop and apply aural perception skills 45
    Develop improvisation skills 35
    Develop instrumental techniques 50
    Develop performance techniques on a second instrument 40
    Develop repertoire as part of a backup group 60
    Develop skills in analysis of functional harmony 55
    Develop vocal techniques 40
    Notate music for performance 35
    Perform music as a soloist 70
    Rehearse music for group performances 85
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