FREE SHORT COURSES
2 week intensives starting December 2018 and Janurary 2019. More information
COURSE INFORMATION NIGHTS
Find out everything you need to know about the courses and enrolling at TAFE.
Course Information nights will be running on;
Tuesday December 4, 2018
Tuesday December 11, 2018
Tuesday January 22, 2019
Tuesday January 29, 2019
Sessions will start at 6pm in room M1:5 (level 1 building M, , corner of Jones & Mary Ann St, Ultimo campus)
About TAFE Music
You can choose from a wide range of courses and campuses if you want to study music at TAFE. No matter if you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, a performer, writer, producer, engineer or are wanting to focus on doing the business, there is a course for you.
TAFE courses focus on practical skills, are taught by industry professionals and are also amongst the most affordable study options.
Fee-free Music Short Courses
Several times a year, 2 week intensive short courses are run. They're subsidised so there's no cost to you. Extend your skills or use them as a bridging course to help with your full-time studies.
Short courses usually run from Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30am-4:30pm at the start and end of each term.
Click on the course names below for more information.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION Enrolments opening in October
TAFE NSW in Ultimo is the first to offer a Diploma tailored to the needs of the budding producers, beat makers and DJs in the electronic music scene. The Diploma offers you the potential to fast-track your journey towards making great music by building a solid understanding of Ableton, composition, mixing, synthesis, performance and more. The course is run under the Sound Production stream of the natinal curriculum
Diploma of Music Industry (Electronic Music Production) (1 year, no pre-requisite, interview required, Vet Student Loan available)
If you want to be an electronic music producer or recording artist, this is the course for you. You will learn how to use Ableton from the ground up whilst building a solid foundation in composition and arranging skills. You will understand synthesis, expand your creative choices and learn how to get a professional, amazing sound from your productions. If you show up and participate, radio-ready for sale in the market. they teach you to sell your music online everywhere globally, get your Soundcloud and Facebook together, advertise on Facebook cheaply. Plus you will take it to the stage using Ableton Push controllers and CDJs. This course is government subsidised so you only pay $4060 and you can put that on a student loan. With a disability exemption it's free.
Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Electronic Music Production) (1 Semester, Tues & Wed 9:30-5:30 for 20 weeks, Pre-requisite Diploma Electronic Music or similar, Vet Student Loan available)
For those who completed the Diploma Sound Production (Electronic Music) or have a lot of experience producing electronic music in Ableton, this is the next step toward fulfilling your creative vision and career goals. You will get more advanced at composition and songwriting both in terms quantity and quality, become fluent in running a professional recording set-up, improve your mixing and mastering skills and develop an amazing live set that earns good money. More songs, better songs, better sounds, better money. The course runs 2 days a week for 20 weeks, and the price is very affordable. The government pays 60% so you only pay $3860 and you can put that on a student loan. With disability exemption it's free.
Certificate III in Music Industry (Business) (1 semester, no interview, low cost subidised course) In this course you will learn about all the job functions in the music business, so you can plan your career and get ahead faster. You'll put on a show, promote it and play on it if you want. You'll learn copyright to protect your songs and get royalties. You will also learn how to navigate the digital revolution in the music industry in terms of publicity and promotion. Enquire now
Diploma in Music Industry (Business) (1 semester after doing Cert III, low cost subsidised, Vet Student Loan available) You will learn to develop and manage recording artists, shop record deals, plan tours & promotion campaigns, create advertisements, get sponsorships, raise money with crowd funding and grant writing, do distribution deals, licensing music for Film/TV/Commercials and more. You will learn how how to make money with publicity, social media, grants, crowd funding, gigs, airplay, merch, digital and physical sales, and much more. many of our best students go to internships and job placements from this course.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE Enrolments opening in October
Music performance courses run at Eora and Ultimo campuses and start from a certificate III level with no pre-requisite for entry. You can take your studies right up to an Advanced Diploma level leaving the course as a well-rounded musician skilled in performance, recording, theory, composition, music production in Logic and with a thorough knowledge of how to navigate the music industry. You'll have recorded and video product and the knowledge of how to use social media to launch your music career.
Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance) (1 semester full time)
You will have lots of time playing in bands while you learn songwriting, music theory, get time in the recording studio and learn to handle the business and launch your career. You'll meet lots of other musicians, gain confidence and prepare yourself for the Diploma and your musical pursuits.
Certificate IV in Music Industry (Performance) at Eora
EORA enquiries, phone 9217 4878
(1 semester, full time, no pre-requisite)
This is a great course after the certificate III where you will have lots more time performing while you build songwriting, theory, listening and recording skills. You'll also get to undertand the business side of the industry to help launch your career. You'll find like-minded people to make music with, gain confidence in your talent and prepare yourself to go on to the Diploma. Enquire now
Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) at Ultimo (2 Semesters, Vet Fee Help available, entry via audition
You will become more advanced at performance, improvisation, performing live, writing songs, notating music, getting gigs, handling the business and launching your career. Get your skills to a professional quality Enquire now
Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) (1 or 2 Semesters depending on previous experience)
This course is a great stepping stone to launch your music career. Continue to build your performance, stagecraft, improvisation, composition and arranging skills. In addition, you can produce market-quality recordings of your music, make a music videos, package yourself as a recording artist, distribute globally online, promote and showcase your talents. Build the confidence and a team you can go forward with beyond the course.
SOUND PRODUCTION - Audio Engineering Enrolments opening in October
Sound production courses run at Ultimo and St Leonards campuses. Studying sound production at TAFE will help you develop the skills to become a well-rounded professional sound engineer and mixer ready to work in live sound, music production, recording studios and the film/TV post production industries.
Cert III in Music Industry (Sound Production) (1 Semester, full time)
This course is for anyone who wants to build skills in music production & recording software, audio engineering, studio recording and mixing. You will also learn PA systems, staging & lighting making you job ready for employment in the live production industries. Enquire now
Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) (1 year duration, pre-requisite - Cert III Sound or equivalent industry experience, Vet Fee Help available, requires interview)
Improve your audio engineering skills in studio recording, live sound production, sound for film & TV, as well as computer based music production and composing for screen. Diploma graduates leave as well rounded professionals able to work in a large range of audio engineering contexts. Enquire now
Cert III in Live Production & Services (1 Semester, no pre-requisite. It fills up fast so hurry!)
With the opening of the new International Convention Centre on the doorstep of the Ultimo campus, this course will give you an opportunity to join this high employment growth industry. You'll become qualified for job opportunities in live production, from clubs to concerts to corporate events, conferences and theatre. In venues on and off campus, you'll learn the foundation of PA systems, mixing live music, staging, lighting, projection/visualisation systems, and event services.
Free short music courses are run throughout the year, mainly at Ultimo campus. Try these courses to kickstart your music, meet other musicians, get a taster to see if you want to take on a full-time study or serve as a bridging course if you are already enrolled in an upcoming course.
The courses normally run during term holdays January, April, July, October and December. Keep your eyes on this website or our facebook page (facebook.com/sydneytafemusic) to find out when the next courses are coming up.
Music Business Intensive
This is 30 hours of FREE training on how to make money in the music business. You'll get a quick overview of what all the jobs in the music industry are, how to put on shows and promote them, how to raise cash with crowd funding, grants and partnerships, managing bands, A&R, copyright and more. This is a rare chance to sample lessons from both the Cert III and Diploma of Music Business, so you will learn tons, and find out if you want to study more.
Ableton Fundamentals The most popular music production software can you be yours to command. Used by Flume to Tame Impala to Skrillex, this is the industry standard for electronic music production. Learn to harness samplers, pitch shifting, time warping, filter, FX, and built in instruments to create any music you can imagine. Enquire now
Recording Studio Intensive
Learn the basics of how to use a full recording studio from scratch. Learn microphone techniques, signal flows and how to get a great sound. This is awesome if you know recording software already, or want to prepare for a Certificate or Diploma. After learning the studio, you will have time in class to work on your recordings in teams.
Music Performance Skills Intensive This FREE short course will help you get better at performing in a band context. You will spend your time rehearsing, learning repertoire, diversifying your musical abilities and meeting other musicians. Whether you play guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, sing or rap, this is a great chance to improve your performance skills and possibly prepare for a full time music performance course. Enquire now
Songwriting Intensive In this Songwriting course you will build skills in writing songs and lyrics, including creating new songs from scratch and re-writing to improve existing songs for yourself and others. You will learn to write faster and more intuitively using a toolbox of techniques to start more songs, as well as fix and finish your existing songs (even when you are not inspired). You will learn to give and receive feedback more positively, incorporate influences without plagiarising, collaborate better and finish more songs, all with better quality. Enquire now
Band Rehearsal Intensive Learn to be a better band member, with better communication skills, better playing and/or singing skills, better dynamics, tone, part playing and better stagecraft whilst enjoying plenty of rehearsal time with other musicians or your band. Enquire now
Lead Singing Intensive In this FREE short course, you can improve your existing skills or start learning from scratch with no prior ability in singing at all. Wherever you're at, the teacher will help you get to the next level. By the end you will be able to sing a range songs. This is fantastic for experienced singers who want to sound more professional, songwriters who want to be able to develop songs better, and musicians who want to be able to sing backing vocals in their band. Enquire now
Electric Guitar Intensive
In this FREE short course, you will learn more about electric guitar, expanding your chord knowledge, developing proper picking technique, learning how to get a great sound from an amp, how to use various effects pedals, understanding basic scales and which scales work best for different styles of music. By the end you will be able to play a range of simple songs. This is fantastic if you want to get into songwriting, improve your playing in a band environment, or accompany yourself while singing.
Keyboard / Piano Intensive In this FREE short course, you can improve your existing skills or start learning from scratch with no prior ability of playing keyboard or piano. Wherever you're at, the teacher will help you get to the next level. By the end you will be able to play a range of simple songs. This is fantastic if you are programing music software such as Ableton Live or Logic Pro, because you will be able to work faster and make it sound much more professional. Enquire now
Frequently Asked Questions
What level course can I study?
If you're a beginner, then their Certificate II and Certificate III courses are where you should start. If you've already built some skills and knowledge, then look at their Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.
Some courses have automatic entry whilst others have pre-requisites or require an interview or audition. Information about entry into each course is contained in the course summaries above.
Minimum age and schooling requirements
The minimum age for enrolment in a course at Sydney TAFE is 15+ with a ROSA. If you don't have a ROSA, you must approach your school to apply on your behalf. You can enter their courses without an ATAR.
If you want to go on to study at university, having a diploma is your pathway in without an ATAR. Depending on your level of experience and prevous studies, you might even get advanced standing
How much will it cost?
TAFE is the most cost effective way to study music. Prices vary depending on your individual circumstance but usually range from $0 -$1800 for a certfifcate III and $0 - $4600 for a one-year diploma. Vet-fee help loans are available for diploma coorses meaning you pay nothing up front. Their short courses are fully subsidised and come at no cost to you. When you fill out the on-line application, you will get an indication of your course fee.
Note - international students have different pricing
How to Register or Enrol for a class
You can register your interest for a course any time by emailing a course co-ordinator or using the TAFE NSW student enquiry/registration page. Once applications are officially open, you can link directly to the TAFE enrolment pages directly from this site.
To enrol in any TAFE course, you will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. If you don't have one, it takes about 2 minutes to get it at http://usi.gov.au
New Course names
All music courses are now called a certificate or Diploma in "Music Industry", whether it's Performance, Production, Electronic Music or Business which can be confusing. Consult with their course-co-ordinators to make sure you get into the right course for you
About SYDNEY TAFE MUSIC
TAFE, Sydney Region, includes three campuses that run music courses. They are at Ultimo, Chippendale (Eora campus) and St Leonards. The Ultimo campus runs full-time courses in Music Performance, Sound Production, Electronic Music Production, Music Business and Live Production as well as numerous short courses throughout the year. Eora runs courses in Music Performance and St Leonards runs the Sound Production courses.
The Ultimo facility includes a large recording studio running digital and analogue systems, a multi-purpose production / performance room running analogue and digital PA systems with a KV Audio speaker system , multiple performance classrooms and practise rooms, a theory / keyboard room and several Mac computer labs running Logic and Ableton.
St Leonards Campus has the largest and best equipped high end sound recording, Film & TV studios in TAFE NSW. Facilities include a 32 input, 192 track ProTools HD studio and 5.1 Film ProTools HD mixing theatre, computer labs running Pro Tools and Ableton and 2 large venue sized 8KW digital and analogue Live PA systems (JBL, EV, Yamaha, Allen & Heath). The campus has parking and is a few minutes’ walk from St Leonards Station.
Eora campus is located in Chippendale and runs performance courses at Certificate III and IV levels. Facilities include a fully equipped theatrette, computer labs, recording studio and practise rooms.
TAFE teachers are all current professionals connected with every facet of the music industry. They bring years of real world and educational experience to the learning environment. There is no better place to launch your music career than at TAFE.
their graduates are working everywhere from APRA/AMCOS to Triple J to record labels and major production companies as well as many others who have succesfully started their own businesses. their alumni include members of The DMA's, the Preatures, Sticky Fingers and the Thundamentals as well as regularly gigging musicians all around Sydney.
SYDNEY TAFE MUSIC is in building M of the Ultimo St campus, on the corner of Mary Ann St and Jones St Mall, 10 minutes walk from Central Station
Head Teacher: Michael Rohanek
(02) 9217 3711 email
Eora EORA campus is at 333 Abercrombie St, Chippendale, about 5 minutes walk from Redfern station
Head Teacher: Jasmine Robertson
(02) 9217 4524 email
St Leonards St Leonards courses are in P block, St Leonards campus at 213 pacific highway, about 5 minutes walk from St Leonards station
Head Teacher: Margaret Purcell Course co-ordinator: Peter Gage
9942 0690 email
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