Certificate IV in Music Industry

Unity College Australia

Program Description

Certificate IV in Music Industry

Unity College Australia


The program is typically delivered over a period of 1 year (2 semesters) when studied full-time (minimum 20 hours per week).

The course combines face-to-face trainer-led tutorials, research activities, and practical and rehearsal workshops. These will involve a range of small group and individual activities. The students will also undertake fieldwork activities in which skills are applied.

Units of competency will be delivered through a range of subjects which cover aspects of music industry areas such as:

  • Working in the Music Industry
  • Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Christian Worship
  • Individual Performance (Instrumental and/or Vocal)
  • Ensemble Performance/Working in teams
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting/composition
  • Audio Engineering/Sound Technology

Further details of the training program can be found in the individual subject/tutorial outlines including:

  • week by week training breakdown
  • assessment activities including when in the program they are to be undertaken
  • mapping of assessment activities to relevant units of competency

Industry Consultation

Industry consultation has been conducted through communication with artists and others working in the music industry along with leaders in a range of churches who acknowledge the need for skilled musicians, worship leaders, and sound technicians.

This course is seen to provide foundational skills in music including for those intending to work in a band context or as a musical director, particularly in a church or Christian ministry setting. The college has extensive ongoing contact with churches, pastors and music/worship leaders who work in this area of the industry. The course is reviewed on an ongoing basis with such leaders.

A major benefit of the course is the contextualization to church and other Christian ministry application. Hence the music industry is studied in a Christian context and practical fieldwork is largely done in a Christian context. This provides an ongoing opportunity for feedback from industry representatives such as pastors and music/worship leaders and ensures training is relevant to the needs of their organizations.

All staff delivering the course coursework music industry in a Christian and/or more general context.

Community context

There is a strong emphasis on the training being delivered in a community context. Musical performance, especially ensemble, is a collaborative art form. For this reason, there is a strong emphasis on undertaking tasks together and working as teams in community and church group situations.

Assessment Context

The course involves ongoing formal and informal, formative and summative assessments which occur progressively throughout each semester. Assessment is conducted in both classroom, simulated and on-the-job (fieldwork) contexts. A range of assessment instruments is used across the course. These can be adjusted to reflect the individual needs of the learners, for example, some students may have a higher proportion of oral or practical rather than written assessment where their written skills are not as high.

Learner Progress and Support

A high degree of individual and small group training and interaction enables trainers and assessors to observe the progress of each learner. In addition, one on one interviews are conducted to provide an opportunity for both trainers and learners to discuss any issues which the learner may be encountering in their course of study.

Special needs and reasonable adjustment

Examples of adjustments that could be made for special needs participants are as follows:

  • acceptance of an external helper to assist a disabled student in the learning process
  • more intense 1-1 training
  • recording of training sessions for slower learners
  • pairing slower students with other more advanced students to provide extra assistance
  • assistance for students with hearing or vision impairments
  • providing online learning options for specified units
  • substitution of oral questioning for written assessment where appropriate


This qualification can be viewed as preparatory learning for higher study within the Music Industry including in a Christian Ministry context.

Students wishing to implement music skills in a Christian Ministry context can also study the following courses either concurrently or sequentially:

Possible pathways are as follows:

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Music Industry or degree studies
  • Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology in conjunction with further music study
  • Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology in conjunction with further music study

Job Roles

Depending on areas of specialization chosen during the course, successful completion of this course would enable the student to pursue a range of roles in the music industry including:

  • Performer: Musician/Vocalist
  • Band member
  • Assistant Band leader
  • Sound technician

Industry Registration Requirements

There are no industry requirements related to this course as implemented by Unity College Australia.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 11, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2019
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Australia - Queanbeyan, New South Wales
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Australia - Queanbeyan, New South Wales
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