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Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA40915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA40915-02V02-20EOR-219

Location – Eora (Performance)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23.5 Hours per week


16 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV of Music Industry (Performance) develops your talent for music and performance into the beginnings of a long lasting career in the industry. Build the right skills, the right attitude and the right connections to help you succeed in this competitive, dynamic industry.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live performance and stagecraft
  • Song writing and composition
  • Music theory and musicianship
  • Music technology
  • Improvisation, instrumental and vocal techniques
  • Career advancement skills


Fine-tune your natural abilities and talents, including:

  • Creativity, to compose music and encourage innovation
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Consistency to refine your practice


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Study pathways to continue your performance career

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Live performer
  • Music producer/composer
  • Music tutor


Take your skills centre stage with these further study options:

  • Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)
  • Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)


Australia is the world's sixth largest music market. By 2023 our total spend on music will reach $1.791bn with a staggering $763m spent on digital distribution alone.

The number of people working as music professionals has grown moderately and is expected to remain stable over the next 5 to 2023 with around 8,000 job openings (that's about 1,600 a year).

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 entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Completed your Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)
  • An ability to play an instrument and/or perform as a vocalist
  • an ability to compose music or songs, or both
  • Digital, literacy and numeracy skills

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • computer and internet access.


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.


This is a full time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 23.5 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 16 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1 hour of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, assessment preparation, music practice, recording projects.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in music performance. You will now cover a broad range of skills required to succeed in the music industry, including:

  • live Performance and Stagecraft
  • song writing and composition
  • music theory and musicianship
  • recording studio experience
  • improvisation and instrumental and/or vocal technique
  • career advancement skills and more

You will gain significant experience playing in groups and developing your skills on your chosen instrument, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, singing, and more. You will also cover more advanced aspects of copyright, small business skills and how to express your ideas. For more info about courses at Eora, go to


As part of our commitment to providing a supportive learning environment, Eora has a dedicated Learning Centre, which runs one day a week throughout the semester. The centre is facilitated by a teacher who provides assistance with assessments outside of class time. Music students also have access to instruments, computer labs and rehearsal spaces.

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, and Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 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
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices
BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMPF406 Perform music as a soloist
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
CUAMPF403 Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
CUASOU407 Edit sound
CUASOU409 Mix recorded music
CUAMLT401 Notate music for performance
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation
CUASOU405 Record sound
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances

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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