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0.5 Year


The accredited Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) equips you with a broad range of skills, so you can increase your stage confidence and become a well-rounded, versatile musician and performer.

Develop your music literacy and industry knowledge with this exciting and practical course and launch your career as a professional musician. You will learn about music writing, composition and performance, as well as how to implement copyright arrangements.

TAFE NSW has a long and renowned history of making music. Studying with us means you will meet and collaborate with other artists, producers and musicians and develop lifelong career connections.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Music performance
  • Music theory
  • Work health and safety practices for the industry
  • How to work effectively in the music industry
  • How to apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice


TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical learning. You will strengthen your performance skills, including:

  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Performing in front of an audience
  • Creating music using technology


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills that equip you with the confidence to work in a variety of music settings:

  • A passion for music, songwriting and performance
  • Creative ability
  • The ability to seek, deliver and use constructive feedback
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Dedication to practising and refining your craft


The global music market is expected to grow 8.5% annually between 2020 and 2025. Key factors driving this growth include:

  • Growing opportunities for upcoming artists to showcase their work to global audiences via online streaming platforms and social media like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Premium
  • Increasing investment by record companies on music artists
  • Artists leveraging digital generation opportunities
  • An increasing focus on the industry’s long term development and sustainability

The global music publishing market, valued at AU$6.4 billion in 2018, is expected to grow 6.1% annually between 2018 and 2025. The increase in paid subscriptions for media streaming is a key driver of this growth. In fact, in 2018 digital royalties contributed to about 54% of the overall global music publishing market revenues.


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:
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 highly recommended that you have:

  • Some experience and ability with a musical instrument or as a vocalist (or both)
  • A year of prior training (formal or informal), including being self-taught
  • Some experience as a performer, composer or songwriter is also recommended. This might be at school or church performance or creating music at home with software
  • You do not need knowledge of music theory to enter the course.

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.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,080
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,080


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


You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Be supported during your time with TAFE NSW:

  • 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


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
  • 4 core units plus 7 elective units of which 5 units must be selected from the electives listed below with no more than 2 units from Group D
  • 2 units must be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package or accredited course at Certificate III.
  • This qualification can provide for specialisations. To achieve these specialisations the following additional packaging rules must be adhered to.
  • For specialisation in Performance 4 elective units must be selected from Group A.
  • Core Units
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements
  • CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry
  • CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice
  • CUAMPF301 Develop technical skills in performance
  • CUAMPF402 Develop and maintain stagecraft skills
  • CUAMPF303 Contribute to backup accompaniment
  • CUAMLT303 Notate Music
  • CUAMPF304 Make a music demo
  • CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces
  • CUAMCP302 Write song lyrics


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:

Be recognised

  • If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. Credits greatly reduce your study workload and the course length.


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.