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Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA30915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA30915-04V02-20EOR-216

Location – Eora (Music Performance)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23 Hours per week


16 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) is designed for budding performers, composers, songwriters and music tutors (you might be all four) in the dynamic music industry. Learn a broad range of skills, increase your stage confidence and become a well-rounded, versatile musician and performer.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Music performance
  • Music technology
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Music theory
  • All about the Music Industry


Fine-tune the attributes and talents you need to get ahead in your career:

  • A passion for music, songwriting and/or performance
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Dedication to practising and refining your craft
  • Creative ability


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Pathways to continue your performance career

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Live performer, musician or singer
  • Composer/songwriter
  • Music tutor


Perform at your best with a TAFE NSW study pathway:

  • Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)
  • Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)


Australia is the sixth largest music market in the world. According to PwC, by 2023 Australians will spend a total of 1.791 billion on music, with a staggering 763 million spent on digital distribution alone.

However, music is more than economic statistics. Music is part of who we are, our shared history, culture, art and experience. By enrolling in a music qualification at TAFE NSW you will keep music traditions alive and create new, fresh sounds for generations to come.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is 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) is recommended, 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

It is important to know that knowledge of music theory prior to entry is not required.

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 22 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment
Thursday 23 July, 2020 10:00am to 2:00pm Face to Face - by appointment

Please contact campus for more information on 131 601 or visit


This is a full time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 16 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, assignment preparation, music practice, ear training.


This course will provide you with the right tools to start or further your music career. You will get the necessary skills to give you a great introduction and understanding of the music business, as well as learning instrumental techniques, recording demos, music theory and songwriting. For more info about courses at Eora, go to


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
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
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces
CUAMCP302 Write song lyrics
CUAMLT303 Notate music
CUAMPF302 Prepare for performances
CUAMPF304 Make a music demo
CUAMPF301 Develop technical skills in performance
ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

333 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Phone 131 601

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