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Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA40915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA40915-02V02-21EOR-221

Location – Eora


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23.3 Hours per week


18 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised 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 dynamic industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Perform live and master stagecraft
  • Write and compose songs
  • Develop your music theory musicianship expertise
  • Use music technology
  • Master improvisation, instrumental and vocal techniques
  • Advance your career using different skills


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

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


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Live performer
  • Music producer
  • Music composer
  • Music tutor


Take your career further with the:

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

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 now.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed the 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 at a Year 10 level or equivalent level of education

If you need help preparing 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, 2 June 2021 10.00am to 2.00pm Eora Campus, 333 Abercrombie Street Chippendale, Ground Level


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 23.3 hours of class, 3 to 4 days a week, for 18 weeks. Additional Friday support sessions available for study support and rehearsals, if needed.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including music practice, research, assessment preparation, music listening, and ear training.


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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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
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
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUAMCP303 Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media
CUAMLT401 Notate music for performance
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances
CUAMPF403 Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation
CUASOU405 Record sound
CUAMPF407 Develop vocal techniques
BSBWOR403 Manage stress in the workplace

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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