Offering Info

Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA50815
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50815-04V02-20NEW-783

Location – Newcastle (focused on Performance)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

23 Jul 2020

Study Commitment

34.3 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) builds on your industry experience in performance, composition and music production. Enhance your practice, theory and performance technique, collaborate with other musicians and build lifelong music industry networks.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

  • Live solo and group performance
  • Song writing and composition
  • Music software and hardware
  • Music theory
  • Freelance business skills
  • Copyright


Fine-tune the abilities and talents needed to get ahead:

  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Punctuality and commitment to your craft
  • Performance and refining your practice


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • The skills you need to work as a sole-trader or freelancer in the music industry
  • Pathways to continue your performance career

Career outcomes:

  • Live performance
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Music production
  • Music distribution
  • Music tuition


Hit the right career notes and continue onto our TAFE NSW music study pathway with the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance).

The Diploma of Music (Performance) also offers pathways to qualifications through Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle and Southern Cross University.


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.

By enrolling in a music qualification at TAFE NSW you will keep music traditions alive and create new, fresh sound 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 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 IV in Music Industry (Performance)
  • An ability to play an instrument, perform as a vocalist compose music or songs - you may even have an ability in all three
  • Curiosity to explore a range of music styles
  • A collaborative spirit
  • Some knowledge of music theory
  • Digital literacy

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 be able to provide evidence that you have the following qualifications or industry experience:

  • CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance), or
  • a minimum of 3+ years 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
  • complete a minimum of 10 hours of assessment work per week
  • participate in a minimum of 8 hours of music industry engagement per week; this may include preparing for gigs, listening to music, writing music/lyrics, going to gigs and events or participating in a range of independent creative projects
  • 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

Please use Google Chrome to access Microsoft Teams as a guest.


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 preparing for gigs, listening to music, writing music/lyrics, going to gigs and events 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 significant experience in performing and songwriting
  • want to learn more about the relationship between music and new technologies
  • have a basic understanding of Pro Tools editing software
  • are existing practitioners with a min of 3+ years experience in performance, without a lower level qualification


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 Thursday and Friday, 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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20NEW01172 UOS 1 - CUA50815 23 Jul 2020 25 Sep 2020 07 Sep 2020 $1,354.00
20NEW01173 UOS 2 - CUA50815 14 Sep 2020 23 Oct 2020 06 Oct 2020 $1,354.00
20NEW01174 UOS 3 - CUA50815 12 Oct 2020 11 Dec 2020 02 Nov 2020 $1,352.00

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.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBPMG512 Manage project time
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
CUAMCP401 Develop techniques for arranging music
CUAMCP402 Develop techniques for composing music
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances
CUAMPF402 Develop and maintain stagecraft skills
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
CUAMPF403 Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation
CUAMPF501 Prepare a program for performance
CUAMPF504 Perform improvisation for audiences
CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

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.

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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