About the course

About the course

Are you looking for a career in the music industry working as a performer, songwriter, studio musician, producer, composer, or band member? Then this music performance course is for you. Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to get started and focused on excelling in these professions.

Real-life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • access to our studio facility Sing Sing East
  • perform real gigs in front of live audiences
  • industry standard writing and production suites
  • integrate with our on-campus record label Tremorverse Records
  • work in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • be empowered to apply practical and theoretical aspects of music to real creative projects
  • access our analogue synth collections
  • study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • music business training

You may also be eligible to receive a Government subsidised place with a payment plan (no up-front fees).

"The music program at BHI is an incredible program. It has to be seen. It has to be experienced. Right from the helpful folk at the front office to the amazing new facilities and onto the intuitive, rich music experience in the teaching and content covered. The BHI music experience will take you on a journey that you will cherish forever. Enjoy!" - Fabian Holt, student.

You will study:


  • rehearse music for both group and individual performance in a range of styles and genres
  • learn to improvise over both modern and retro songs
  • develop stage craft skills
  • develop techniques and skill on your chosen instrument


  • refine aural skills that we believe are the foundation of all great musicians
  • understand how to read and write music notation/tablature
  • learn the fundamentals of recording in professional and home set up studios


  • develop a range of compositional and arranging techniques on industry software
  • perform music using digital media


  • social media, marketing and promotion
  • set up a business
  • copyright protection
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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 6 months

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Career Outcomes

There are many employment options within the entertainment and performance industry. After successful completion, you may wish to pursuey for a range of employment opportunities such as:

  • live performance
  • music media
  • recording
  • a solo or band artist
  • writer
  • arranger and composer
  • develop your own music business
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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • have successfully completed Year 10 or equivalent, or be a mature age applicant, or have the CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry (Specialising in Performance)
  • have good written and oral communication skills
  • have good computer skills
  • be at least 17 years of age at the time of course commencement and have a reasonable level of proficiency on a musical instrument (or voice)


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry into the Diploma of Music Industry (CUA50915) and to apply for entry into the first year of:

  • Bachelor of Applied Music - Performance
  • Bachelor of Applied Music - Composition
  • Bachelor of Applied Music - Audio Production
  • Bachelor of Applied Business in Music Industry

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,955.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $591.00
Full Tuition Fee $7,050.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$421.20
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

There are a total of 14 units (4 core and 10 electives)

  • CUAMPF304 Make a music demo
    40.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, organise and implement the recording of music demos in audio or video formats. It applies to individuals who work as musicians or band members, and wish to promote their work to the public, music agents, record companies and media outlets.

  • CUAMPF305 Develop improvisation skills
    35.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and perform simple musical improvisation in a chosen area. It applies to individuals who work as musicians and who are developing improvisation skills to perform in a range of musical genres and traditions.

  • BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas
    40.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to articulate, present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion. This unit applies to individuals who contribute and present ideas that may be complex in nature and may relate to new products, services, processes or creative works using a degree of risk taking and storytelling.

  • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use and respect copyright. It covers maintaining control over the copyright owner's work, commercialising copyright material, preventing the unauthorised use of an original work and using other party's original work legitimately. It applies to people who may be authors, creators or other owners of works covered by copyright. It also applies to employees who have a role in ensuring that their organisation's copyright is protected and or that their organisation uses others' copyright appropriately to benefit the organisation without infringing the rights of copyright owners.

  • BSBSMB301 Investigate micro business opportunities
    30.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to consider the major elements of a business idea, undertake research to determine viability of the business opportunity and present the idea with reference to the legislative frameworks affecting the business. It applies to individuals who are establishing or operating a micro business for self-employment.

  • CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices
    10.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow work health and safety (WHS) requirements in the creative industries. It applies to those who are required to identify their individual WHS responsibilities and implement procedures to work safely in various creative industry work contexts.

  • CUAMCP402 Develop techniques for composing music
    35.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply aural imagination and perception skills to compose a range of musical pieces. It applies to individuals creating music in any genre for a wide range of ensemble, band or solo performances in a range of contexts.

  • CUAMPF403 Develop repertoire as part of a backup group
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and rehearse repertoire as part of a backup group. It applies to musicians and vocalists who accompany and support solo artists and contribute to the selection of repertoire. They could be performing in any genre.

  • CUAMPF405 Develop instrumental techniques
    50.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop instrumental techniques across a range of performance repertoire. It applies to individuals who perform as instrumentalists and are developing competence to perform in public. They plan practice regularly and willingly act on feedback from colleagues and mentors.

  • CUASOU307 Record and mix a basic music demo
    40.0 hours

  • ICTWEB201 Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement
    20.0 hours

  • CUAMPF401 Rehearse music for group performances
    85.0 hours

  • CUAMLT301 Develop and apply aural perception skills
    45.0 hours

  • CUAMPF409 Perform music using digital media
    40.0 hours

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