Certificate IV in Music

Course Code: CUA40920

Why study Certificate IV in Music?

If you would like to become a freelance performer or composer or work as part of an ensemble, this course is for you. You will learn music composition techniques and record a demo of your compositions, as well as refining techniques in your chosen instrument.

The Certificate IV in Music will also assist you to take the next step toward becoming a music professional by learning how to investigate business opportunities, use copyright and lead a team or group.

Adults and senior school students who have a love of music and present with music knowledge in a variety of contexts and also show evidence of having well-developed skills as a musician are perfect for this course.

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

Senior school students will either undertake the qualification in their school over eight school terms or attend the Queensland College of Music for one day a week for four eight-week terms. An additional four hours per week in private practice time, rehearsal, performance and attendance at concerts is required. Students will take part in an annual concert during term 4.

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

Duration: 4 terms of 9 weeks with 20 hours of instructions per week + 4 hours per week (private practice time, rehearsal, perfomance and attendance at concerts)

Delivery: Local or Distance study

Entry Requirements

  • Developed 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.
  • CRICOS students will need to provide evidence of English proficiency (minimum achieved of 5.0 IELTS) and successful completion of senior schooling (school reports, academic records, instrumental/singing tuition)

Qualification Units

Code Unit of Competency Title
CUACMP311 Implement copyright arrangements
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
CUAIND411 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
CUAMWB402 Manage feedback on creative practice
CUAMCP412 Compose musical pieces
CUAMLT411 Notate music for performance
CUAMPF415 Develop and apply instrumental techniques
CUAMPF411 Rehearse music for group performances
CUAMPF414 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF416 Perform music as a soloist
CUARES412 Conduct Research
BSBOPS403 Apply business risk management processes
CUAMPF412 Develop and apply stagecraft skills
CUAMPF312 Prepare for musical performances


Fees and Charges

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The qualifications also provide credit points to the Queensland Certificate of Education. Current credit points:

  • Certificate IV in Music – up to 8 credit points

Career Opportunities

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Freelance musician.


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