Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

National Code: CUA50815
TAFE SA Code: TP01002


If you have musical skills and a flair for entertainment, a career in music may be for you. This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for music performance and production. Explore instrumental and vocal study, ensemble, live performance, composition, music theory, aural training, rhythm, arranging, music craft, contemporary style studies, history, music technology and music business.

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Up to 12 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 IV 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.

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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.

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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 or VET Student Loans 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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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate own work and/or that of a team. Job role titles may include: Composer; Instrumentalist; Vocalist.

    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

    Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) (CUA50815)
    This qualification is designed to develop a high level of performance and technical skills in a range of contemporary styles as well as a sound music theoretical knowledge relating to a range of aspects such as composition techniques, improvisation, music literacy, aural training and business skills. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 12 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.

  • 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
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30
    Manage copyright arrangements 20
    Originate and develop concepts 30
    Provide freelance services 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse harmony 100
    Apply concepts of music and society to professional practice 40
    Compose music for screen 60
    Compose music using electronic media 60
    Develop technical skills and expand repertoire 85
    Develop techniques for arranging music 45
    Extend improvisation techniques 65
    Perform improvisation for audiences 35
    Perform music as part of a group 70
    Prepare a program for performance 70
    Present live audition programs 70
    Refine aural perception skills 60
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
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    Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)
    Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
    Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)
    Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Studies)
    Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
    Bachelor of Arts (History and Global Politics)
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
    Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts
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