1 year full time / 2 years part time
Passionate musicians with an urge to embrace the musical life will find a well-rounded musical education with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance). Best suited to those musicians with significant performance experience and strong music skills, this course will help you strengthen your performance skills and grow your fanbase. Best of all, you’ll be learning in Melbourne - the music capital of Australia. We have over 553 live music venues in the Greater Melbourne area that are putting on over 70,000 gigs every year.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Music (Performance) emphasises musicianship. You’ll improve your skills and knowledge, both practical and theoretical.You will study performance across individual lessons, small bands, larger ensembles, workshops, and performance platforms, culminating in a forty-minute recital in a Melbourne venue of your choice. Your performance skills will be backed by music craft skills in theory, aural, improvisation, reading, keyboard, arranging, composition, and technology. Students have access to our rehearsal rooms, equipped with drum kits, piano, PA systems and amplifiers, as well as our music-focused computer labs. Melbourne Polytechnic’s music programs are highly regarded, and our alumni include founding members of ARIA-winning band Augie March, Top 20 chart rockers Stonefield and multi-CMC award winner, Jasmine Rae. You’ll be taught by experienced, working musicians and have the opportunity to perform in venues around Melbourne as part of your course.
Our Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance) will increase your confidence as a performer and expand knowledge to benefit your musicianship. You will have learned the skills required to step onto the stage or into the recording booth. Graduates may seek employment in the music industry as performers, producers, arrangers, composers or music teachers. Graduates interested in further study can advance into the second year of our Bachelor of Music and gain credit towards our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production degree.
Have a chat with our highly experienced course advisors who can help you navigate your many career options.
On graduation you can seek employment in the music industry as a solo artist, performer in a band, band leader, musical director, music teacher, arranger, producer or agent
Melbourne Polytechnic provides seamless pathways towards higher qualifications. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, you will receive 12 subjects/1 year credit into Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Music, or continue your studies in our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
32 weeks across 2 semesters
Assessment includes: observation of students' performance, oral questioning, written activities, and projects/portfolios of student work.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|CUACMP511||Manage copyright arrangements||Core||20|
|CUALED501||Provide instrumental or vocal tuition||Elective||35|
|CUAMCP611||Extend techniques for arranging music||Elective||60|
|CUAMLT512||Assess significance of music and apply knowledge to professional practice||Core||40|
|CUAMLT612||Analyse complex harmony||Elective||100|
|CUAMPF420||Perform music from written notation||Elective||70|
|CUAMPF611||Plan and present music performances||Elective||70|
|CUAMPF612||Manage stagecraft aspects of performances||Elective||65|
|CUAMPF613||Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire||Elective||65|
|CUAMPF614||Develop advanced improvisation techniques||Elective||65|
|CUAMPF617||Lead music rehearsals||Elective||70|
|CUAPPR511||Realise a body of creative work||Elective||80|
|CUAPPR515||Establish and maintain safe creative practice||Core||40|
|CUAPPR613||Engage in the business of creative practice||Core||80|
|CUAPRF511||Refine performance techniques||Elective||95|
Music Performance at Melbourne Polytechnic
For detailed information download our course information bookletMusic Performance Flyer
Information about preparing for your music auditionAudition Advice
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|Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250|
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