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1 Year


The Diploma of Music (Performance) is delivered through a comprehensive fusion of practical training and industry expertise. Elevate your talents in performance, music technology, composition and theory and grasp the business acumen vital for freelance musicians.

Guided by seasoned music professionals, you'll be able to tap into TAFE NSW's resources, including an expansive instrument and accessory pool. Delve into stagecraft, repertoire development, composition, and performance technology and acquire pivotal skills, from vocal technique to music arrangement.

With numerous opportunities to perform live at our end-of-term and end-of-semester shows, you'll graduate ready to take on the dynamic landscape of the music industry.


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

  • Develop and provide freelance services
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Build your repertoire as part of a backup group
  • Compose and perform musical pieces as a soloist
  • Prepare compositions for publishing and performance
  • Use interactive technology in performances


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Instrument and vocal technique
  • Recording your song ideas with music production software
  • Performing in a group and as a soloist
  • Stagecraft skills
  • Improving critical listening skills
  • Writing and arranging music, using technology


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

  • Creativity and critical-thinking skills
  • The drive to continuously improve
  • Great teamwork skills
  • Time management and a professional attitude
  • A commitment to the craft of performance, music and composition


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Recording Artist
  • Session Musician
  • Session Singer
  • Live Performer
  • Songwriter or Jingle Writer
  • Multimedia Composer


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

Additional Requirement:
  • Submission of video or audio files or attend an audition demonstrating your musical performance ability across two genres of music. The audition will take place via an online video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
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 an instrument, performing as a vocalist and/or composing music or songs
  • The curiosity to explore a range of musical styles
  • Some knowledge of music theory, including key signatures and basic notation
  • Access to your own instrument/s or microphone
  • Access to a computer with a stable internet connection
  • Access to music production software, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office Suite

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$12,710
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$12,710


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 = 16
  • 4 core units plus 12 elective units, of which:
  • at least 9 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 3 of these units from Group F
  • up to 3 may be from the remaining listed elective units (with the exception of Group F).
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP511 - Manage copyright arrangements
  • CUAIND412 - Provide freelance services
  • CUAIND512 - Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAMWB401 - Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • CUAMCP411 - Develop techniques for arranging music
  • CUAMCP412 - Compose musical pieces
  • CUAMCP511 - Compose music using music technology
  • CUAMCP513 - Prepare compositions for publishing and performance
  • CUAMPF412 - Develop and apply stagecraft skills
  • CUAMPF413 - Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
  • CUAMPF416 - Perform music as a soloist
  • CUAMPF511 - Develop programs for performances
  • CUAMPF512 - Use interactive technology in performances
  • CUAMPF514 - Perform improvisation for audiences
  • CUAMPF515 - Develop instrumental techniques and expand repertoire
  • CUAMPF420 - Perform music from written notation


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:

At TAFE NSW Ultimo

  • If you apply for a package of Diploma of Music (Performance) -1 year and Bachelor of Creative Practice specialising in Music Production and Performance then due to credits the the Bachelor duration will be reduced to 2 years. (Package Duration:3 years)


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.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, 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.