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    Diploma of Music

    CQUniversity Australia

    CQUniversity Australia


    Australia, Rockhampton

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines10-Mar-2025 20-Jun-2025
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    Duration 1 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 32,640  / year
    Apply Date 20-Jun-2025
    Next Intake 10-Mar-2025

    Diploma of Music


    This exciting course will expose you to a variety of learning experiences including performance tuition to develop your solo performance skills and academic study in the interpretation and understanding of music. This means that you will be supported throughout your study and undertake one-on-one instrumental tuition with highly qualified regional conservatorium staff either through video tuition as an online student or on-campus at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM), at CQU Mackay.

    During your course, you will learn foundational aspects of the language of music from western art-music tradition to contemporary popular music styles and examine the role of prominent performers, composers, lyricists, and music producers in the development of these styles. In your first term, you will engage in practical music studies focusing on foundational-level repertoire and technical work in your chosen instrument, voice or composition.  In your second term, you will build on your knowledge and technical skills further through a combination of theoretical and technical learning activities.

    On successful completion of the Diploma of Music, you may choose to continue your study at the second year level in CQUni's Bachelor of Music degree.

    To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition. It is recommended that students have achieved at least an intermediate level of performance skills on their particular instrument or voice, or intermediate compositional skill before auditioning for entry to this course. 

    The Diploma of Music is supported through CQUni's Regional Conservatorium partnerships with Murray Conservatorium (Albury), Riverina Conservatorium (Wagga Wagga), Mitchell Conservatorium (Bathurst, Lachlan, Lithgow), and at our Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, at CQUni Mackay.

    Whether you choose to teach or perform, CQUniversity’s innovative range of music-related study options is sure to meet your interests and career aspirations.
    Our Diploma of Music is ideal if you are looking to enter the music industry or want to further your tertiary studies. It develops fundamental musical knowledge and performance skills. On completion, you may commence year two of the Bachelor of Music (Specialisation).

    The Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) offers the chance to specialise in jazz and popular music, music studies or performance while being part of a conservatoire-style environment that offers intensive individual training with professional musicians. You will open the door to a range of careers in the music industry such as professional musician, recording or sound engineer, performing or recording artist or composer, and may also like to consider teaching, private studio work, and music-related careers in arts administration, communication or creative industries businesses.

    As a music student at CQUniversity, you will participate in a rigorous performance schedule in various university, community and professional settings whilst being supported by CQUniversity academic staff who are all active participants in the creative arts.

    You will benefit from a blend of practice-based tuition and theory that provides a solid foundation of skills and knowledge and practical experience. You will gain confidence as a performer in a supportive and collaborative environment.


    Entry Requirements

    For entry into this course, all applicants will be required to successfully complete an audition and interview.

    Further information regarding auditions, including the audition guidelines, can be found via

    It is recommended that students have achieved at least an intermediate level of performance skill on their particular instrument or voice, or intermediate compositional skill before auditioning for entry to this course.

    English Program Requirements

    If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers. This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.


    Completion of the Diploma of Music will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as a:

    • professional musician
    • studio teacher.

    You may also pursue a music-related role in arts administration, communication or creative industries.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 32,640 

    How to Apply

    • Select your course
    • Check entry requirements.
    • Check your eligibility for credit.
    • Apply online
    • Obtain certified documents.
    • Submit your application and documents.
    CQUniversity Australia

    Diploma of Music

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