Courses

Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) - Part-time

Take the next step in creating the music you love by building your musicianship skills and knowledge. Transform your ebullient love of music into a toe-tapping career. Our Certificate IV in Music Industry emphasises performance and musicianship, where you’ll learn the fundamentals and decide where to specialise

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Let your passion for music sing out

Our popular part-time study options are an enjoyable experience for musicians of most ages and abilities. Improve on a variety of music skills, both theoretical and practical.

Choose from a range of units offered on campus, off campus and online. You will receive credit for successfully completed units from this part-time Certificate IV if you decide to go on and enrol in our full-time Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance).

On Campus Study Options

Theory Foundation (First Year)
CUAMLT303 Notate Music
This unit explores the fundamentals of music theory and notation. Through familiarisation with the structures of music, you will learn to analyse contemporary chord charts and lead-sheets (jazz and pop/rock). Topics covered include major and minor keys, key and signatures, scales, chord construction, chord progressions and transposition.

Advanced students may choose to fast track into Theory Improvisation. If this is you, this option allows you to complete Theory Foundation within two weeks and then move straight into Theory Improvisation.

Theory/Improvisation (Second year)
CUAMLT403 Develop skills in analysis of functional harmony
You will undertake Theory in first semester and Improvisation in second semester. Theory/Improvisation develops and consolidates concepts covered in Theory Foundation through an exploration of voice-leading, modes and scales, modulations, extended chords and analysis.

Once these more advanced concepts have been covered, students are expected to demonstrate analytical understanding by improvising over standards using appropriate scales, modes and chord tones.

Group Performance 1 and 2: Band or Vocal (Years 1 and 2)
CUAMPF404 Perform music as part of a group
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances
In these units, students work collaboratively in a small ensemble and develop a repertoire under supervision. The material covered is in jazz and contemporary pop/rock music styles. The works that students develop during the unit are presented in four concert performances over one year – two of which are held off campus at a Melbourne venue.

Vocal students will develop music-reading skills within the context of a vocal group. They will learn to recognise simple harmony and perform rhythm and melody from written notation. Students work collaboratively in a small ensemble and develop a repertoire under supervision. Material covered will be in jazz, gospel and contemporary music styles. The developed works are presented in four concert performances over one year – two of which are held off campus at a Melbourne venue.

Duration: 2 years
Dates: February – November
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location (on campus): Fairfield

Fees range from:

First year: Theory Foundation plus Group Performance 1
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Second year: Theory/Improvisation plus Group Performance 2
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Off Campus Study Options

Keyboard 1: Off campus
CUAMPF408 Develop performance techniques on a second instrument
At Melbourne Polytechnic, Keyboard is offered to all music performance students as a second instrument. The physical layout of the keyboard makes understanding music theory and harmony more accessible than on other instruments and the unit is designed to develop and extend harmonic vocabulary and performance skills. You will learn to play music in a range of contemporary styles, keys and tonalities.

To fulfil the requirements of this unit you will need access to an electronic keyboard or piano. Basic knowledge of pitch, rhythm and harmony is also necessary to ensure an understanding of the course material. If you are interested in pursuing this, we recommed you enrol in Theory in conjunction with Keyboard.

Prerequisites: access to an electronic keyboard or piano, plus a basic knowledge of pitch, rhythm and harmony is necessary to ensure an understanding of the course material.

Duration: 40 hours
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 2.

Fees range from:

Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Principal Instrument 1: Off campus
CUAMPF406 Perform music as a soloist
This program has been designed to guide you through the stages involved in performing music at a venue, with you as the featured musician. You will prepare for a principal instrument performance, as well as improve and develop music performance skills.

Note: Entry into Principal Instrument 1 off campus is by an audition.

The nature of this program requires an instrumental skill level comparable to that demonstrated by full-time students.

Requirements: Own instrument
Duration: 70 hours
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 2

Fees range from:

Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Online Study Options

Song Writing Online
CUAMCP301 Compose simple songs or musical pieces
CUAMLT302 Apply knowledge of style and genre to music industry practice
Learn how to express yourself effectively in words and music. Whether you’re a relative beginner or a seasoned songwriter looking for new inspiration, this online course will provide you with a rich source of ideas and techniques to develop your song writing skills. Through careful analysis of hit songs you will come to identify and create the structures that are the key elements of great hits. As you progress through the course content and resources, learn effective ways to develop your ideas into complete songs.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • getting started and the hook
  • lyrics, phrasing and finding a story
  • writing and phrasing melodies
  • song form
  • harmonising melodies with chords
  • pre-chorus and the bridge
  • unusual songs and approaches

Duration: 13 Weeks
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 3
Time: 5-6 hours per week commitment

Fees range from:

Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Music Arranging Online
CUAMCP401 Develop techniques for arranging music
CUAMLT401 Notate music for performance
Learn how to arrange music in a variety of contemporary musical styles. Explore phrasing, instrumentation and a range of rhythms appropriate to contemporary rock, pop, country, hip-hop, disco, reggae, shuffle and Latin musical styles. Apply conventional and creative techniques to develop melody, harmony, structure, and texture appropriate to your arrangement and use technology to produce scores suitable for working with other musicians.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • musical scores and notation
  • contemporary musical styles
  • transposition
  • reharmonising
  • writing for drum kit, bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, saxophone
  • writing introductions and endings
  • articulations, dynamics and notation devices

Prerequisite: Theory Foundation and competence with computers
Duration: 15 Weeks
Dates: Semester 2
Time: 6 hours per week commitment required

Fees range from:

Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students eligible for government subsidy $TBC
Students ineligible for government subsidy $TBC

Note:

The following units are required to complete the Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance). They are only offered on campus one morning a week over one semester. For timetable schedule for these units, please contact the music performance office of the Performing Arts Department.

  • BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
  • BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
  • CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices

Summary of Part-Time Study Options

Year 1

Theory Foundation 1 hour per week (Tuesday evening)
Group Performance 1 2 hours per week (Tuesday evening)
Keyboard 1 1.5 hours per week (off campus)
Song Writing Online 5 hours per week (15 weeks)

Year 2

Theory/Improvisation 1 hour per week (Tuesday evening)
Group Performance 2 2 hours per week (Tuesday evening)
Principal Instrument 1 2 hours per week (off campus)
Music Arranging Online 5 hours per week (15 weeks)

Enrolment intakes

You can enrol for this part-time course, in:

  • Term 1 – February
  • Term 2 – April

Contact

For further information on the Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) – part-time study, or to enrol, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA) on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

CUA40915

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368574

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Performing Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: available
Check out our full-time study options here

Part-time: 2 years
630 hours. Part-time music studies include some units taken off campus, online, as well as Tuesday nights on-campus, and various flexible options. A midyear intake is available for part-time online entry

Class Schedule: *

Tue - PM


*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Online, Offsite, Classroom

Fees

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed based on the application of practical tasks

Materials

Principal Instrument 1: Off Campus Study Guide; Technical workbook (instrument specific); Contemporary Music Theory 1A and 1B; Keyboard 1: Off Campus Study Guide online course materials provided for online units.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to Melbourne Polytechnic’s part-time study programs are through an audition and interview process. You can book an interview online by clicking on the blue 'Make a booking' button through the 'Apply Now' page. Theory, aural and practical skills do not need to meet full-time requirements. Entry to a course will be offered based on your strengths. No VTAC required. An audition is not required for application into online study options and Keyboard (off campus)

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete part-time units, you will be credited with successfully completed units if you seek a place in our full-time Advanced Diploma of Music. We offer all units required for the completion of the CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) qualification

Career Pathways

Graduates may seek employment in the music industry as music teachers, arrangers, performers, producers or agents

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • Midyear

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.