About the course

About the course

Do you want a career in the music industry working as a performer, songwriter, studio musician, producer, composer, band member or music teacher? Then the Diploma of Music Industry, Specialising in Performance is for you.  Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to excel in these professions.

Real-life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • access to our studio facility including Sing Sing East
  • do real gigs in front of live audiences
  • industry-standard writing and production suites
  • integrate with our record label on campus, Tremorverse Records
  • work in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • produce your own creative portfolio
  • collaborate with sound production students in our world-class facilities
  • be empowered to apply practical and theoretical aspects of music to real creative projects
  • access to our analogue synth collection
  • study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • learn from industry professionals
  • music business training

You will study:

  1. Performance
    • rehearse music for both group and individual performance in a range of styles and genres
    • learning to improvise over both modern and retro songs
    • develop stage craft skills
    • develop techniques and skill on your chosen instrument
  2. Theory
    • refine aural skills that we believe are the foundation of all great musicians
    • understand how to read and write music notation/tablature
  3. Recording
    • learn the fundamentals of recording in professional and home set-up studios
  4. Composition
    • develop a range of compositional and arranging techniques on industry software
    • perform music using digital media
  5. Business
    • social media, marketing and promotion
    • setting up a business
    • copyright protection
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Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

There are many employment options within the entertainment and performance industry, which include live performance, music media and recording opportunities. 

Career options include:

  • performer
  • songwriter
  • band leader
  • recording artist
  • composer
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Entry Requirements

You must have a Certificate III or IV in Music Industry or:

  • have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent, or be a mature age applicant
  • 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)

Please note that even with a completed Certificate IV in Music you may be required to perform an additional audition.


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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry into the first year of the Bachelor of Music Industry. You may also be eligible for some advanced standing (generally one semester worth of credit).

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$8,784$14,503
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$366$366
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$9,399$15,118
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$9,399$15,118

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

To recieve this diploma you will need to complete 17 units.  To enhance your employment prospects, we encourage you to complete the 18 units listed below, however, you may wish to opt out of studying either of the following units (but not both):

  • CUAMPF502 Incorporate interactive technology into performance
  • CUASOU405 Record sound

    All Year

  • CUAMLT501Refine Aural Perception Skills
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to improve aural perception skills. It applies to individuals including musicians, songwriters, composers, arrangers, conductors and musical directors. These individuals use well developed aural perception skills, and knowledge of music structures and components in a range of contexts, including transcribing live or recorded music and preparing charts and other forms of notated music.

  • CUAMPF501Prepare A Program For Performance
    70.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a program for performance. It applies to instrumentalists and vocalists who have well developed repertoire knowledge and organisational skills. They may have to respond to a brief for a particular style of performance at an event, or may have responsibility within a company or ensemble for preparing programs.

  • CUAMPF506Present Live Audition Programs
    70.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and perform at an audition. It applies to instrumentalists and vocalists who want to prepare for live auditions so that they can showcase their performance skills to prospective employers.

  • CUAMPF507Provide Musical Leadership In Performance
    35.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead a group in ensemble or other musical performance. It applies to individuals with the responsibility for motivating others to give their best in performance. Individuals apply a range of musicianship and managerial competencies, but are not expected to conduct musical performances.

  • CUAMPF404Perform Music As Part Of A Group
    70.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform music for an audience as part of a group. It applies to individuals who perform as instrumentalists and vocalists as members of a group. They may work in any musical genre. Performing in a group requires well developed interpersonal communication and collaboration skills, in addition to technical and musicianship skills.

  • Semester 1

  • CUAMPF505Develop Technical Skills And Expand Repertoire
    85.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine instrumental techniques and expand the range of practical performance repertoire. It applies to musicians who apply higher levels of technical and expressive skills to performance preparation, craft skills and musicianship.

  • CUAMCP501Compose Music Using Electronic Media
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to compose a range of musical pieces using electronic music equipment and software. It applies to individuals who apply well developed skills in aural perception, harmony and counterpoint, and the use of technology based applications, to create music.

  • CUAMPF504Perform Improvisation For Audiences
    35.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform improvisation for an audience as part of an ensemble. It applies to musicians who have high level aural and technical skills in a chosen genre or musical tradition. Improvisation relies on the ability of all members of the group to work collaboratively and creatively together. They respond intuitively to musical elements as they seek to improvise spontaneously during performances.

  • Semester 2

  • CUACMP501Manage Copyright Arrangements
    20.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, manage and apply individual or collaborative copyright arrangements for original works. It applies to individuals who have responsibility for identifying intellectual property requirements, assigning copyright and licensing rights, and ensuring copyright is protected locally and internationally.

  • CUAMPF604Extend Improvisation Techniques
    65.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop high level improvisation skills. It applies to musicians who apply skills to compose or vary music 'in the moment' in response to stimuli. They have highly developed skills in aural awareness and in the musical practice of a chosen genre or musical tradition.

  • CUAMPF502Incorporate Interactive Technology Into Performance
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use music technology as a creative tool in performance. It applies to musicians and artists who use audio software applications and sensor/gesture based electronic instruments to manipulate a performance while it is happening. Interactive technology can be applied in all musical genres and styles, from electronic dance music DJs, to solo or ensemble performances, to experimental sound sculptures and installations.

  • CUASOU405Record Sound
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to record sound and supervise sound recording operations. It applies to individuals who work as part of a production team to record sound in a range of environments, including recording studios, live performances, broadcast studios and film/sound archives.

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