Music Industry

This qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualification for employment in the Music industry. This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the music industry’s many creative roles or related fields. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and daily life.


CUA30915 – Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Music Industry.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 11 units: 4 core, 7 electives.


  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others (Core)
  • CUACMP301 Implement copyright arrangements (Core)
  • CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces
  • CUAMLT303 Notate music
  • CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice (Core)
  • CUAIND303 Work effectively in the music industry (Core)


  • CUAMPF304 Make a music demo
  • CUASOU304 Prepare audio assets
  • CUAMPF303 Contribute to backup accompaniment
  • CUAMPF301 Develop technical skills in performance
  • CUAMPF302 Prepare for performances
Further Study
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry
  • Bachelor of Music (performance)
Career Information

Job Roles

Musicians sing or play musical instruments to entertain an audience. Depending on their area of specialisation, they may write, arrange, perform and conduct music compositions. While there are many areas of music to work in, from studying its history to performing jazz or opera, musicians tend to specialise in a particular musical instrument or style of music. Despite this, they need to be flexible. For example, they may perform solo in an open air concert of a few hundred people, and then perform with a group of other musicians for a gallery opening.

Duties and Tasks

Musicians perform in designated performance spaces, such as theaters or concert halls, as well as pubs, clubs, hotels or, when hired for smaller functions, at private dwellings. They must be prepared to work irregular hours, spend a great deal of time practicing, and may need to seek additional employment to support themselves. Many musicians supplement their income by teaching music.

Personal Attributes

A musician needs:

  • musical ability and talent
  • technical skill in their area of specialisation
  • perseverance and determination to succeed in a very competitive industry
  • stamina to perform at their best for long periods of time
  • confidence in front of an audience
  • good time management and flexibility
  • an ability to work and perform in a group

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