Certificate IV in Music (Performance)

National Code: CUA40920
TAFE SA Code: TP01210


If you’re keen to pursue a career in music, this is a great place to start. This nationally recognised course gives you a sound introduction to the commercial music industry. Develop your skills in vocal and instrumental techniques, learn to work effectively with other musicians in rehearsal and performance, enhance your theoretical knowledge of music, learn the fundamentals of working with music technology and expand your understanding of the music industry. You’ll gain hands-on experience working with industry professionals in our specialist studios at the Adelaide College of the Arts. Develop your own performance skills and techniques and graduate ready to work and perform in the industry.

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6 months 

Full Time

Music Professionals

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Wednesday 12th June 2024, 6.15pm Adelaide College of the Arts, Meet on level 1 foyer

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

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

Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III in Music (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.

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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those interested in live instrumental or voice performance.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Up to 5 days a week with a combination of on-campus and online learning.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need to have:

  • basic computer skills
  • good communication, collaboration and teamwork skills.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

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.

  • 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 (Performance) (CUA40920)
    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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Extend expertise in specialist creative fields 45
    Implement copyright arrangements 20
    Investigate business opportunities 25
    Manage feedback on creative practice 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse basic harmony functions 55
    Create simple musical compositions 35
    Develop and apply aural perception skills 45
    Develop and apply stagecraft skills 70
    Develop and perform musical improvisation 35
    Develop repertoire as part of a backup group 60
    Notate music for performance 35
    Perform music as a soloist 70
    Perform music as part of a group 70
    Rehearse music for group performances 85
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