Creative Industries

CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry – Performance

This course is for people who wish to gain employment in the music industry, and/or refine skills and knowledge related to music performance in a wide variety of styles and genres.

The course can be undertaken as an extension of the Certificate III course or a stand alone course for people with the appropriate level of skills and knowledge.  This Certificate IV course can also lead to further musical studies, and is an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge, contacts, and increase employment prospects in the local and national music industry.

Music is both an industry and an art form, meeting cultural and recreational needs while also offering employment opportunities across many sectors: recording, publishing, retail, radio, television, film, video, advertising, computer software, multimedia, teaching, and of course, performance.

This qualification is suitable for people wishing to gain employment in the music industry, expand their knowledge of music and gain a qualification, or, as an introduction to tertiary musical studies.

Students will:

  • Perform music within the general community and work on real and simulated industry experiences.
  • Be required to work independently (with guidance) on personal music performance skills.
  • Work in studio environments recording and producing individual projects and in collaboration with others.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Skilled musicians such as instrumentalists, vocalists, ensemble and solo performers.
  • Composers, Advertising jingle writers, musical directors and music librarians.
  • Music Teaching – schools, higher education and private studios.
  • Music Media – music critics, musicologists and researchers, music journalists and on air presenters.

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:   4 February to November 2020
  • Duration:  35 weeks

Information Session:

Alanvale Campus Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 12pm – 1pm
Room C3.17, C Block, Alanvale Campus, Alanvale Road, Newnham
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Learning Options

Classroom delivery of theoretical aspects, technical information, and research and analysis activities. Students will perform Music within the general community and work on real and simulated industry experiences. Students will work in studio environments recording and producing individual projects and in collaboration with others.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written and verbal questioning
  • Workplace Documents
  • Written assignments
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Self and peer assessments
  • Role plays

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

  • Hearing protection (ear muffs/ear plugs)
  • Note taking resources (pens, paper, etc.)
  • Personal musical instrument in some cases

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.


An interview process will be conducted to ensure this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry – Performance

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry –Performance, 14 units must be successfully completed.   These include 4 core units, 7 performance units and 3 electives.  Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation.


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