Offering Info

Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA40915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA40915-02V02-20NEW-704

Location – Newcastle (focused on Performance)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

22 Jul 2020

Study Commitment

34.3 Hours per week


18 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 be enrolled in this course, you need to provide evidence that you:

  • have completed a Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) - CUA30915, or
  • have completed a Certificate III in Screen and Media - CUA31015, or
  • have a minimum of 2 years of vocational experience in Sound Production, without a relevant lower level qualification

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to attend classes during the day, 2 days a week, 8 hours a day
  • to complete a minimum of 5 to 10 hours of assessment work per week
  • to participate in a minimum of 8 hours of music industry engagement per week; this may include rehearsing for gigs, listening to music, writing music or lyrics, going to gigs and events and/or participating in a range of independent creative projects
  • to have a general command of written and spoken English


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
Every Monday from 29 June 2020 to 27 July 2020 1.30pm to 2.30pm Join Information Session here
Every Wednesday from 1 July 2020 to 29 July 2020 1.30pm to 2.30pm Join Information Session here


Thursday, 2 July 2020 | 10.30am to 12.30pm | Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Friday, 3 July 2020 | 10.30am to 12.30pm | Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Thursday, 9 July 2020 | 10.30am to 12.30pm | Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Friday, 10 July 2020 | 10.30am to 12.30pm | Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8

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This is a full time day course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including rehearsing for gigs, listening to music, writing music or lyrics, going to gigs and events and/or participating in a range of independent creative projects.


This course offering is designed for people who want to work in the creative industries and:

  • have a love of music
  • have already developed performance and song-writing skills through training or experience and want to refine these skills
  • want to improve their musicianship and develop their recording skills
  • are existing practitioners, with a minimum of 2 years of vocational experience in performace, without a relevant lower level qualification

If students are unsure of their level of music knowledge and experience, other study options are available, such as Certificate II in Music Industry, to support your music studies.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • 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 Wednesday and Thursday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. 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.

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Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces
CUAMCP302 Write song lyrics
CUAMLT403 Develop skills in analysis of functional harmony
CUAMPF302 Prepare for performances
CUAMPF304 Make a music demo
CUAMPF305 Develop improvisation skills
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
CUASOU307 Record and mix a basic music demo

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

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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