International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$7,780 - A$8,100


0.5 Year


Take centre stage when you study the Certificate III in Music (Performance). Gain a broad range of skills that build on your ability as an instrumentalist, vocalist or composer/songwriter. You will also get an introduction to the structure of the music industry including different job roles, music genres and copyright.

In this course you will learn to prepare and perform musical pieces. You'll gain the experience playing in a band and you'll learn to incorporate music technology into your performances. Develop and apply aural perception skills, musical notation skills and contribute to backup accompaniment as part of a group.

During this course, you'll learn from music industry professionals with a wealth of experience and knowledge and gain a true insight into the music industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Perform live in front of audiences
  • Write songs
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Develop your music industry knowledge


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Learning a set of songs and performing them live
  • Songwriting
  • Recording music using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • The process of creative collaboration


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • A love of music, songwriting and/or performance
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Dedication to practising and refining your craft
  • Creativity


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Recording Artist
  • Band Member
  • Music Tutor
  • Songwriter


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Experience playing a musical instrument, practising as a vocalist, or creating music with software
  • An interest in music technology, sound production or the music business
  • Access to a personal computer and the internet
  • Access to Microsoft Office or similar software

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,780
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$8,100


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

You’ll also have access to rehearsal spaces, recording studios equipped to industry standard, specialty music computer labs, audio PA and recording equipment, industry standard speakers for listening to music, as well as a good supply of instruments and other accessories for you to practise your craft.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules - Total number of units = 11
  • 3 core units plus 8 elective units, of which:
  • at least 6 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 2 of these units from Group E
  • up to 2 may be from the listed elective units (with the exception of Group E) or from this or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP311 - Implement copyright arrangements
  • CUAIND313 - Work effectively in the music industry
  • CUAIND314 - Plan a career in the creative arts industry
  • CUAMPF211 - Perform simple musical pieces
  • CUAMPF212 - Incorporate music technology into performances
  • CUAMPF311 - Develop technical skills for musical performances
  • CUAMPF312 - Prepare for musical performances
  • CUAMPF313 - Contribute to backup accompaniment as part of a group
  • CUAMLT311 - Develop and apply aural perception skills
  • CUAMLT313 - Develop musical notation skills
  • CUAMCP313 - Create simple musical pieces using music technology


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Music study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.