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Certificate IV in Music Industry

National Course Code: CUA40915


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Music Industry is designed for performers, composers and live sound technicians who have some experience and want to further their talent, technique and career in the billion dollar music industry. Take your craft to the next level and harness your performance and recording skills.


The Certificate IV in Music Industry prepares you for a career in the industry by giving you a broad set of skills and knowledge. If you are keen to specialise, we offer Music Industry streams in Performance, Sound Production and Music Business.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live performance and stagecraft
  • Song writing and composition
  • Small PA set up
  • Music theory and musicianship
  • Music technology
  • Audio recording and editing


Fine-tune the attributes you need to get ahead:

  • Creativity
  • Collaboration to work in groups, in rehearsals and in studio
  • Patience and dedication to hone your craft


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Live performer
  • Music producer/composer
  • Music tutor
  • Live sound technician


Advance your music career with a TAFE NSW music study pathway:

  • Diploma of Music Industry
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry


Australia is the sixth largest music market in the world. According to PwC, by 2023 Australians will spend a total of 1.791 billion on music, with a staggering 763 million spent on digital distribution alone.

By enrolling in a music qualification at TAFE NSW you will keep music traditions alive and create new, fresh sound for generations to come.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Creativity
  • A passion for music
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills to work in groups, in rehearsals and in studio
  • Patience and dedication to practice and hone their craft

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned, and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

Your assessments are mostly practical and are usually held in performance spaces and computer labs. There are some music theory exams and some knowledge tests about the music industry.

If you don't have any music experience, or you are unsure of which direction you should take, the Certificate II in Music Industry is your starting point. It is an introductory course where you will get an understanding of the music industry, and the basic skills and knowledge required for entry level employment. This course is also offered as a school-based apprenticeship.

If you have been playing or singing for at least a year, the Certificate III in Music Industry is the course for you. You will have some experience and a general interest in working in the music industry. It's also a good refresher course for anyone who has been out of the industry for a few years. You will get an introduction to the structure of the music industry including job roles, music genres and copyright.

The Certificate III in Music Industry also has three alternate streams available, if youd prefer to move into a specialisation. These are performance, sound production and music business.

The Certificate IV in Music Industry requires intermediate levels of experience in one of the three streams, or you can choose the general Certificate IV which covers a range of areas including the performance, sound production and music business. At this level you need to be able to work on your own and be self-motivated and directed.

At Diploma and Advanced Diploma level you can choose from a Diploma of Music with a specialisation in Performance, Sound Production (there are two further choices in this, audio engineering and electronic music production) or Music Business.

Depending on your campus location, you may be involved in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the music industry. We also invite guest lecturers from the music industry to join us and add an extra dimension to your learning.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Rehearsing and performing in a group
  • Creating content using music technology
  • Setting up small PA systems

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with project based learning. We believe real world experience is a crucial part of your learning and helps you build confidence and knowledge. In the Certificate course you will learn by working on real world projects such as:

  • Performing at local venues
  • Creating and publishing music for an audience
  • Networking by attending performances and liaising with artists and other music industry professionals

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Industry standard, fully equipped rehearsal spaces
  • Fully equipped recording studios
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • TAFE NSW classrooms
  • Listening rooms

The music industry has been through an unprecedented number of changes in the past two decades. According to the CEO of ARIA, Dan Rosen we are in a global market, 'with artists competing every day against every piece of music ever made - from Beethoven, to Beyonce to The Beatles'.

Data driven analytics, live performance, sound design and self-publishing, coupled with the rise and dominance of streaming services mean that new possibilities now exist for music graduates.

Midia Research has previously estimated that DIY artists generated $643m worldwide from recorded music royalties during 2018, up by 35% on 2017. And Tune Core, an independent digital music distribution, publishing and licensing service has confirmed that its artists earned $308m in distribution income in 2018, up 28% year-on-year.

Independent agency Merlin says, 'total streams and downloads' of music by its roster hit 199.3 billion, an 83% increase over 2017.

Music plays an integral role in our lives. This course helps graduates work in an industry that provides not only entertainment but cultural direction.

The industry is surging ahead after a period of change, and is undergoing a music streaming lead recovery with large profits and sustained growth worldwide. There are new opportunities emerging in the music business space with growth in publishing, independent record labels and festival booking. At present the total revenue of the recording industry is $400m, and 30% of this comes from the independent sector.

Songwriters and artists are taking back control of their music and they need knowledge and guidance around business and copyright. This course provides you with the basic knowledge and can lead you to further study music business study.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
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  • Full Time

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