Diploma of Music (Performance)

National Code: CUA50820
TAFE SA Code: TP01212


Take your place in the music industry with this nationally accredited diploma. Build on your existing experience to further develop your skills in performance, music theory and music technology. Develop your own instrumental or vocal potential through instrumental instruction, ensemble experience, live performance, and further develop the fundamentals with classes in music theory, aural development, rhythm and arranging.
You’ll also learn the fundamentals of the music business to help you build a successful performance career. Become an accomplished instrumentalist or vocalist and sing your own song with TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Full Time

Music Professionals

Locations & Applications

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

Instrument Code
Bass 101
Drums 102
Guitar 103
Keyboards 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

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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 need to have:

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

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires 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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    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 (Performance) (CUA50820)
    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 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
    Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries 50
    Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge 60
    Manage copyright arrangements 20
    Provide freelance services 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Analyse complex harmony 100
    Compose music for screen 60
    Compose music using music technology 60
    Develop advanced improvisation techniques 65
    Develop instrumental techniques and expand repertoire 85
    Develop programs for performances 70
    Develop techniques for arranging music 45
    Perform improvisation for audiences 35
    Perform solo accompaniment 35
    Plan and present music performances 70
    Prepare for and perform live auditions 70
    Refine aural perception and memory skills 60
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