Courses

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

CUA40915

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

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 CUA50815 Diploma or CUA60515 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance).

Please note – Entrance into our Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) from Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) part-time evening program is based on an interview and audition process.

On Campus Study Options

Theory Foundation/Aural/Rhythm (First Year)
CUAMLT303 Notate Music
CUAMLT301 Develop and apply aural perception skills
This subject explores the fundamentals of music theory and notation. Learn to read music and develop an understanding of rhythm, chords, scales and melody. Analyse contemporary chord charts and lead-sheets (pop/rock/funk/blues/jazz). Topics covered include major and minor keys, key signatures, scales, intervals, chord construction, chord progressions and transposition. You’ll also develop your aural and rhythm reading skills.

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

Dates: February – November
Time: Tuesday 6pm – 7:30pm
Location (on campus): Fairfield
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $86
Student eligible for government subsidy $432

Theory/Improvisation (Second year)
CUAMLT403 Develop skills in analysis of functional harmony
CUAMPF305 Develop improvisation skills
In this subject cluster you will undertake Theory in first semester and Improvisation in second semester. Further develop and consolidate concepts covered in Theory Foundation through an exploration of voice-leading, modes and scales, modulations, extended chords and analysis. In improvisation, demonstrate analytical understanding by improvising over standards using appropriate scales, modes and chord tones.

Dates: February – November
Time: Tuesday 6pm – 7:30pm
Location (on campus): Fairfield
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $91
Student eligible for government subsidy $457

Group Performance 1: Band Year 1
CUAMPF403 Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
In Group Performance, students work collaboratively in a small ensemble and develop a repertoire under supervision. The material covered is in contemporary pop/rock/funk/blues and jazz music styles. The works that students develop during each semester are presented in four concert performances over one year – two of which are held off campus at a Melbourne venue.

Note: Entry into Group Performance 1 is by audition

Duration: 1 year Dates: February – November
Time: Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:15pm
Location (on campus): Fairfield
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $61
Student eligible for government subsidy $305

Group Performance 2: Band 2
CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances
In Group Performance, students work collaboratively in a small ensemble and develop a repertoire under supervision. The material covered is in contemporary pop/rock/funk/blues and jazz music styles. The works that students develop during each semester are presented in four concert performances over one year – two of which are held off campus at a Melbourne venue.

Duration: 1 year Dates: February – November
Time: Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:15pm
Location (on campus): Fairfield
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $86
Student eligible for government subsidy $432

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.

Prerequisites: 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 recommend you enrol in Theory Foundation in conjunction with Keyboard.

Duration: 40 hours
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 2.
Location (off campus): Attend the Fairfield campus for assessment only
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $40
Student eligible for government subsidy $203

Principal Instrument 1: Off campus
CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
This program has been designed to guide you through the stages involved in presenting two performances, with you as the featured musician. You will prepare two pieces for each performance. Students are expected to engage their own instrumental teacher to instruct you as you improve and develop your instrumental skills.

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

Requirements: Own instrument
Duration: 3 hours per week
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 2 (February or April – October)

Location (off campus): Attend the Fairfield campus for assessments only
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $51
Student eligible for government subsidy $254

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

Location (online): Online only
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $76
Student eligible for government subsidy $381

Music Industry Core (online or on campus)

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

In Music Industry Core, explore careers in the music industry and align your skills, interests and professional aspirations with micro music business opportunities. Network with others and learn from professionals as they share their journey and experiences into the music industry. Articulate your career goals and aspirations, learn how to use and respect music industry copyright, and apply work health and safety practices as a music industry professional.

Note: Students enrolling into Music Industry Core are required to attend one on campus induction class.

Duration: 16 Weeks
Dates: Commencing in Term 1 and 3
Time: 3-5 hours per week commitment

Location (off campus): Attend the Fairfield campus for induction only
Location (on campus): Wednesdays 9:30am-12pm Feb-Jun or Jul-Nov
Fees:
Students with concession, eligible for government subsidy $134
Student eligible for government subsidy $662

Summary of Part-Time Study Options

Year 1

Theory Foundation/Rhythm 1.5 hours per week (Tuesday evening)
Group Performance 1 1 hour 45 mins per week (Tuesday evening)
Keyboard 1 1 hour per week (off campus)
Music Industry Core 3-5 hours per week (off campus)

Year 2

Theory/Improvisation 1.5 hour per week (Tuesday evening)
Group Performance 2 1 hour 45 mins per week (Tuesday evening)
Principal Instrument 1 3 hours per week (off campus)
Songwriting Online 5 hours per week (online)

Enrolment intakes

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

  • Term 1 – February
  • Term 2 – April
  • Term 3 – July (selected units only)

Local Students

Code

CUA40915

Campuses

Fairfield

Department

Performing Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

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

Part-time: 2 years
615 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 - 6pm - 9pm


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

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$3100
Ineligible:$7400
Concession:$620

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed based on the application of practical tasks

Materials

You will need your own instrument. All other materials are provided.

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. No VTAC required. An audition is not required for application into online study options and Keyboard (off campus).

Pathways to further study

You can continue your studies with our CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) and go onto our CUA60515 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance). You may even consider our HEASSAPM Bachelor of Music, or HECABSMP Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production.

Career Pathways

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

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT401 ARTICULATE, PRESENT AND DEBATE IDEAS 40
BSBIPR401 USE AND RESPECT COPYRIGHT 50
BSBSMB301 INVESTIGATE MICRO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 30
CUAMCP301 COMPOSE SIMPLE SONGS OR MUSICAL PIECES 35
CUAMLT301 DEVELOP AND APPLY AURAL PERCEPTION SKILLS 45
CUAMLT302 APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF STYLE AND GENRE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY PRACTICE 40
CUAMLT303 NOTATE MUSIC 40
CUAMLT403 DEVELOP SKILLS IN ANALYSIS OF FUNCTIONAL HARMONY 55
CUAMPF305 DEVELOP IMPROVISATION SKILLS 35
CUAMPF401 REHEARSE MUSIC FOR GROUP PERFORMANCES 85
CUAMPF403 DEVELOP REPERTOIRE AS PART OF A BACKUP GROUP 60
CUAMPF405 DEVELOP INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES 50
CUAMPF408 DEVELOP PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES ON A SECOND INSTRUMENT 40
CUAWHS302 APPLY WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES 10

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.