Course Info

Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)

National Course Code: CUA40915


The nationally accredited Certificate IV of Music Industry (Performance) develops your talent for music and performance into the beginnings of a long lasting career in the industry. Build the right skills, the right attitude and the right connections to help you succeed in this competitive, dynamic industry.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live performance and stagecraft
  • Song writing and composition
  • Music theory and musicianship
  • Music technology
  • Improvisation, instrumental and vocal techniques
  • Career advancement skills


Fine-tune your natural abilities and talents, including:

  • Creativity, to compose music and encourage innovation
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Consistency to refine your practice


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Study pathways to continue your performance career

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Live performer
  • Music producer/composer
  • Music tutor


Take your skills centre stage with these further study options:

  • Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)


Australia is the world's sixth largest music market. By 2023 our total spend on music will reach $1.791bn with a staggering $763m spent on digital distribution alone.

The number of people working as music professionals has grown moderately and is expected to remain stable over the next 5 to 2023 with around 8,000 job openings (that's about 1,600 a year).


This course is currently available at 6 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A love of performance
  • The ability to think creatively
  • A love of music, listening to a wide range of artists, composers and creators
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The persistence to refine their practice

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

In this course, the assessments are mostly practical and are usually held in performance spaces and computer labs. There are some written assessments including music theory exams and some knowledge tests about the music industry.

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.

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical skills.
In the Certificate IV you will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Rehearsing and performing in a group
  • Creating content using music technology
  • Instrument and vocal technique

An important part of performance is developing your confidence in front of an audience. To enhance your learning and give you real performance experience to add to your repertoire you will:

  • Perform off-campus at various local venues
  • Create and publish music
  • Network with the music industry

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
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Full Time

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Eora: Full Time

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,310.00
  • Start Date: 08 Feb 2021
  • Duration: 16 Weeks

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