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Diploma of Music Industry (Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA50815
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50815-04V02-21NIR-200

Location – Nirimba


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

25.4 Hours per week


36 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 artistic practice, develop your performance techniques, collaborate with other musicians and build lifelong music industry networks.


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

  • Perform solo and in groups
  • Compose and write songs
  • Increase your music theory knowledge
  • Work with music software and hardware
  • Develop freelance business skills
  • Manage copyright arrangements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity and critical-thinking skills
  • Dedication to improve through individual practise and teamwork
  • Time management and a professional attitude
  • A commitment to the craft of performance, music and composition


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to continue your performance career

Career outcomes:

  • Composer or songwriter
  • Musician or vocalist
  • Performer


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

-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This course is superseded.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 your Certificate III or IV in Music Industry (Performance) or an equivalent level of experience
  • Experience in playing an instrument, perform as a vocalist, compose music or songs - you may even have an ability in all four
  • Curiosity to explore a range of music styles
  • Some knowledge of music theory, including key signatures and basic notation
  • Some experience using a range of digital technologies

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 be enrolled in this course you need to be able to provide evidence, although this course has no official entry requirements, we will need to make sure that you are able to perform music to the standard required for entry to a Diploma Level course.

Before you start the course, you will need to do an audition on an instrument or voice or both. This can be done on campus or via video. We will contact you about your audition when we receive your course enrolment.

To successfully complete this course:

Students must supply:

  • note taking materials (notebook & pen/pencils)
  • personal data storage devices such as USB or portable hard drives.
    Most students use a portable computing device during their studies and whilst this may be advantageous it is not a requirement to complete the course assessments.


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

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Join us in Microsoft Teams


This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 20.5 hours of class over 4 days a week for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4.9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, skills practice, voluntary work in related areas, networking and other releated entertainment industry activities.


This course is suited to musicians who would like to develop their ensemble performance, song writing and career development skills.
It covers level 4 and level 5 skills in performing and writing music. It also covers entertainment industry and basic business skills. Students must perform and write music in a range of situations.
Some previous experience in performing music is essential.

Before you start your course, we will ask you to demonstrate your performance skills to us in a brief audition. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you can perform music well.


Before you start the course, you will need to do an audition on an instrument or voice or both. This can be done on campus or via video. We will contact you about your audition when we receive your course enrolment.


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

  • Tutorial support for students with identified LLN needs

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 Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30am to 6:00pm, Thursday from 9:30am to 2:45pm and Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm. 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.


This course includes all resources needed to complete the course, however, students must supply:

  • note taking materials (notebook & pen/pencils)
  • personal data storage devices such as USB or portable hard drives.
    Most students use a portable computing device during their studies and whilst this may be advantageous it is not a requirement to complete the course assessments.

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

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
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAMCP402 Develop techniques for composing music
CUAMCP501 Compose music using electronic media
CUAMCP503 Prepare compositions for publishing
CUAMLT401 Notate music for performance
CUAMLT403 Develop skills in analysis of functional harmony
CUAMLT501 Refine aural perception skills
CUAMPF402 Develop and maintain stagecraft skills
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
CUAMPF406 Perform music as a soloist
CUAMPF407 Develop vocal techniques
CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation
CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire
CUAWRT503 Write about music

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

Eastern Road, Quakers Hill
Phone 131 601

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