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Diploma of Music Performance

VTAC Code: CUA50820 CRICOS: 111062G VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368314



1 year full time / 2 years part time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

A noteworthy qualification for the music industry

Developing the specialist skills you need for music performance, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Music CUA50820 (Performance) will help you take charge of your music career. Melbourne is Australia’s music capital and is home to over 500 music venues. It’s a vibrant city with a bounty of music-related career opportunities. If you have any music performance experience and a fundamental knowledge of theory and music notation, you will be well-suited to strengthening your musical talents with this course

Learn among industry professionals

Students of our Diploma of Music CUA50820 (Performance) will receive intense one-on-one tuition on their principal musical instrument with industry-experienced teachers. Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive facilities include Mac computer labs equipped with high-end music software, theatre spaces with excellent sound and lighting and skilled student operators that support your every performance. You will also have access to a variety of rehearsal rooms, which are set up with drum kits, piano, PAs and amplifiers. You’ll have opportunities to perform regularly, collaborate with other students, play in some of Melbourne’s leading venues and make vital industry contacts.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s musical alumni include the founding members of ARIA-award winning band Augie March, Stonefield and rock and roll DJ icon Stan Rofe.

Up the tempo on your music career

Once you’ve completed the Diploma of Music CUA50820 (Performance), you will have developed your music theory, aural, improvisation, keyboard, arranging, composition and technology skills. You will be able to perform contemporary and commercial styles of music and might find employment as a solo artist, a performer in bands, a music teacher, an arranger, a producer or as an agent in the music industry. After you finish the diploma, you will also have the opportunity to move into our Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance) to further your studies.

Katelyn Sullivan

Portrait of Katelyn Sullivan holding guitar

I really enjoyed studying music performance at Melbourne Polytechnic. The teachers were all good musicians, and were always willing to help out and share their expertise if you needed anything. The skills I learnt in my performance courses were all really important, practical and helpful for my future. I can honestly say that studying at Melbourne Polytechnic was the best decision I ever made.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Music - Performance CUA50820 take me?

With the diploma firmly under your belt, you can seek employment in the music industry as a solo artist, performer in bands, music teacher, arranger, producer or as an agent in the music industry.

  • Music Composer
  • Music Performer
  • Musician
  • Music Arranger

Study Pathways

On completion of this course you may continue your studies in our Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance), or work towards our Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production.

Other Music Performance courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Advanced Diploma of Music - Performance CUA60520
Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Polish your performance skills and step into the limelight as you prepare for nights playing in Melbourne’s leading music venues. Take the next step in your musical career with the Advanced Diploma of Music CUA60520 (Performance).
Undergraduate Certificate in Music
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
The Undergraduate Certificate in Music will give you the skills to align with current industry best practice, focussing on creative outcomes and practical skills based on entrepreneurship, technology, musicianship and ensemble skills.
Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree for emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who will be taught as artists. Be part of something unique - nowhere else in Australia can you explore your musical, artistic career in this way and to degree level.
Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Start your creative career with the Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production.
Bachelor of Music
Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music and Sound - Full Time - Fairfield
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music recognises that great musicians require a solid musical foundation, skills to adapt to current trends and awareness of a global spectrum of music.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Performance venues
  • Studio
  • Electronic music lab
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments

How you will study

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.

Class Schedule

32 weeks across 2 semesters.

Assessment Methods

Assessment includes: observation of students' performance, oral questioning, written activities, and projects/portfolios of student work.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements Core 20
CUAIND412 Provide freelance services Core 40
CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge Core 60
CUAMCP411 Develop techniques for arranging music Elective 45
CUAMCP511 Compose music using music technology Elective 60
CUAMLT411 Notate music for performance Elective 35
CUAMLT413 Analyse basic harmony functions Elective 55
CUAMLT511 Refine aural perception and memory skills Elective 60
CUAMPF411 Rehearse music for group performances Elective 85
CUAMPF412 Develop and apply stagecraft skills Elective 70
CUAMPF416 Perform music as a soloist Elective 70
CUAMPF418 Develop performance techniques on a second instrument Elective 40
CUAMPF511 Develop programs for performances Elective 70
CUAMPF515 Develop instrumental techniques and expand repertoire Elective 85
CUAMWB401 Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries Core 50
CUAPPM513 Incorporate creative and technical needs into management processes Elective 150

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $11700 $15750
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $11950 $16000
Per year $18600
Per semester $9300

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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

Book an audition

This course requires an audition for entry. Please make a booking for your audition time by clicking book an audition


  • Year 12 with VCE Music: Solo/Group and/or industry experience. Note: this is not a compulsory requirement
  • Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) or equivalent. Note: this is not a compulsory requirement
  • apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • attend an audition/interview. Auditions are conducted either remotely via Zoom or phone, or in-person at the Fairfield Campus, and are open to all applicants (local, interstate, overseas). For further information email
  • attend an Information Session. Note: this is not a compulsory requirement

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

We’ll ask you to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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