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1 Year


The Diploma of Music (Performance) gives you the practical skills and industry knowledge you need to work as a professional composer, musician or performer in the global music industry.

This TAFE NSW qualification builds on your experience in performance, composition and music production. You will enhance your practice and performance technique, collaborate with other musicians and build lifelong music industry networks.

Develop your expertise in music composition, arrangement and performance, and learn a range of specialised, technical or managerial skills to turn your love of music into a successful career you can take anywhere.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live solo and group performance
  • Song writing
  • Music theory
  • Freelance business skills
  • Copyright
  • Work, health and safety practices


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • 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:

  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Punctuality and commitment to your craft
  • Performance and refining your practice


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 in 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.

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 recommended that you have:

  • An ability to either play an instrument, perform as a vocalist or compose music or songs
  • Curiosity to explore a range of music styles
  • A willingness to collaborate
  • Some knowledge of music theory
  • Digital literacy

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$11,560
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,560


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


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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 which 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:


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.