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1 Year


The Advanced Diploma of Music (Performance) prepares you to take your skills and experience to a professional level in the global music industry. Graduates have secured roles as performers, in music production and distribution and as songwriters and composers.

Learning music at TAFE NSW is a unique experience. You will study with likeminded people who are as passionate about music and performance as you are. Continue to build your network of professional contacts while you study, and graduate ready to take yourself to the next level in performance with a range of advanced music industry skills.


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Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live performance and stagecraft
  • Song writing, composition and arrangement
  • Music theory and musicianship, including reading music
  • Music technology such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton or Sibelius
  • Improvisation and instrumental or vocal technique
  • Creative industry business skills and career planning
  • Music industry projects such as recordings and putting on gigs


Strengthen and develop your practical skills through:

  • Improvisation, instrument and vocal techniques
  • Operating a small digital audio based studio
  • Using music software such as Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton or Sibelius


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A commitment to working and contributing to the music industry
  • A commitment to refining and perfecting your craft through practice
  • The ability to learn and grow in a collaborative team environment
  • The willingness to learn and develop leadership skills
  • Motivation, organisation and professionalism


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

  • Artists using digital technology to create and release music
  • Recording companies investing more in music artists
  • Growing opportunities for upcoming artists to showcase and present their work to global audiences via online streaming platforms and social media like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music


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.

  • Diploma of Music (Performance)
  • If applicants have not completed the pre-requisite of the Diploma of Music (Performance) an audition via phone or Skype is required.
  • If you have successfully completed the pre-requisite of the Diploma of Music (Performance) you are NOT required to audition.

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:

  • Can play an instrument, perform as a vocalist or compose music or songs
  • Have experience as a performer or composer
  • Understand music theory and music copyright
  • Have strong digital, literacy and numeracy skills

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

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


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$11,190
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,190


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 including:

  • Industry standard, fully equipped rehearsal spaces
  • Fully equipped recording studios
  • Music production labs
  • Specialty music computer labs
  • Post production studios
  • Listening suites
  • Live venues

Make use of our supply of instruments, studio accessories and programs to keep practising and refining your skills.

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 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 = 15
  • 4 core units plus 11 elective units, of which:
  • at least 8 must be from the elective units listed below, with no more than 2 of these units from Group F
  • up to 3 may be from the remaining listed elective units (with the exception of Group F) or from any currently endorsed Diploma or above training package qualification or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
  • CUAMLT512 Assess significance of music and apply knowledge to professional practice
  • CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • CUAPPR613 Engage in the business of creative practice
  • CUAMCP611 Extend techniques for arranging music
  • CUAMCP612 Extend techniques for composing music
  • CUAMPF611 Plan and present music performances
  • CUAMPF612 Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
  • CUAMPF613 Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire
  • CUAMPF614 Develop advanced improvisation techniques
  • CUAMPF617 Lead music rehearsals
  • CUAMCP511 Compose music using music technology
  • CUAMCP512 Compose music for screen
  • CUAMLT611 Analyse music
  • CUASOU612 Manage production of sound recordings


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


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.