Diploma of Music

Course Code: CUA50820

Why study Diploma of Music?

This course is recommended to individuals who would like to refine their musical ability so they adopt the skills to perform both as a featured soloist and as part of a group or ensemble.

You will learn how to refine your music theory and performance skills, expand your repertoire, develop concert programs and leadership skills. You will also learn how to manage your freelance career, write and implement a business plan and administer the copyright of your compositions.

The Diploma of Music is suitable for students who have specialised knowledge and music skills and who can apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts to perform as a musician with advanced skills, focusing on one instrument.

The course length is four terms of 8 weeks with 20 hours of instructions per week. Students will take part in an annual concert during term 4.

Students are required to undertake an additional 4 hours per week which will consist of private practice time, rehearsal, performance and attendance at concerts.

Students have an optional two-week grace period at the end of term 4 to complete and submit assessments.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the Diploma of Music may follow successful completion of the Certificate IV in Music
  • Specialised knowledge and musical skills.
  • Audition: Your trainer will gather evidence through an audition process before enrolment. The audition process will determine your aural skills, music knowledge and experience and performance techniques. Your individual talent in music will be recognised and fostered and learning goals established to enable you to become an integral part of a group performance and the music industry.

Qualification Units


Unit of Competency Title


Manage copyright arrangements 


Provide freelance services


Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge


Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries


Perform music as a soloist  


Perform solo accompaniment


Rehearse music for group performances


Develop and maintain stagecraft skills


Develop instrumental techniques and expand repertoire


Compose musical pieces


Articulate ideas about music


Perform music from written notation 


Refine aural-perception and memory skills 


Originate and develop concepts 


Write about music 


Perform music as part of a group

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Fees and Charges

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VET Student Loan


Units of Study

Term 1

CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice.
CUAMLT501 Refine aural perception skills.
CUAMLT401 Notate music for performance
*CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire.
*CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation.

Term 2

CUACMP501 Manage copyright arrangements..
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services.
CUAIND501 Apply music industry knowledge.
CUAWRT503 Write about music.
*CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire.
*CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation.

Term 3

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts.
CUAMLT402 Articulate ideas about music.
CUAMCP402 Develop techniques for composing music .
*CUAMPF505 Develop technical skills and expand repertoire.
*CUAMPF410 Perform music from written notation .

Term 4

CUAMPF406 Perform music as a soloist.
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances.
CUAMPF402 Develop and maintain stagecraft skills.
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group.

*NB: Technical skills and performing from written notation are included in all terms and culminate in rehearsing and performing as a soloist and in a group performance. Three concerts are held each year and Term 4 units of competency are not awarded until all public performances have been completed.

2021 Enrolment date

2021 Tuition dates

2021 Census dates

Loan amount

July 5

19 July– 10 September

July 21

Gap fee $60

Sep 27

11 October–3 December

Oct 13

Gap fee $60

Total course cost


Please note: Students enrolling in Term 3 or 4 2021 will continue in 2022 to meet the 4 terms required.

2022 Enrolment date

2022 Tuition dates

2022 Census dates

Loan amount

Week 4

Term 1
Week 6 – 14

Feb 2

Gap fee $60

Week 16

Term 2
Week 18 – 26

Apr 27

Gap fee $60

Week 28

Term 3
Week 30 – 38

July 20

Gap fee $60

Week 39

Term 4
Week 41 – 49

Oct 12

Gap fee $60

Total course cost


VET Student Loan: A VET Student Loan is available for some or all of the fees in this course. A VET Student Loan is only available to students who meet the eligibility requirements and will not be approved for students who do not meet these requirements. For students accessing VSL, a 20% Government Loan Fee applies.
Prices for Australian residents only.

Queensland College of Music