This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use wide-ranging analytical, technical, creative, conceptual and managerial skills in their chosen field in the music industry. Their knowledge base may be specialised or broad. These individuals are sometimes accountable for group outcomes. 

Job roles 

  • music arranger
  • music director
  • musician
  • musicologist
  • singer (concert, ensemble or opera). 

Pathways Information

Qualification pathways 

Pathways into the qualification

  • a Diploma qualification in music, e.g. CUS50109 Diploma of Music
  • extensive vocational experience in music practice. 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit. 

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the music industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • negotiating deals and achieving agreed outcomes
  • interpreting the needs and rights of relevant parties
  • obtaining and interpreting information to ensure currency of work practice
  • sharing industry information with colleagues and peers
  • articulating and debating complex concepts, including musical ideas with peers
  • researching information
  • demonstrating high level interpersonal skills
  • identifying and dealing positively and constructively with conflict
  • responding positively to constructive feedback
  • articulating music analysis accurately and appropriately using appropriate conventions of music writing and nomenclature
  • using language appropriate to the intended audience


  • consulting with staff and promoting a safe workplace
  • working effectively in a team and acknowledging cultural protocols
  • working with relevant parties when negotiating deals
  • obtaining acceptance of change processes and inspiring trust
  • working creatively with individual differences
  • working constructively with group dynamics


  • dealing with complex concepts and theories of creativity
  • analysing relevant workplace data in order to identify hazards, and to assess and control risks
  • dealing with complex and non-routine difficulties
  • interpreting relevant legislation to complete copyright documentation
  • solving problems arising from negotiating deals
  • interpreting relevant technical data
  • analysing appropriate musical elements within compositions and/or performances
  • analysing a variety of scales, chord sequences and music systems, including rhythms, time signatures, beat patterns or other elements of musical organisation

Initiative and enterprise

  • analysing complex information and developing and substantiating own positions and responses to theories and thinking around creativity
  • thinking laterally and developing creative means to enable people to accept change positively
  • matching repertoire to target audience
  • demonstrating originality and innovative approaches to the performance and interpretation of music for self and others in area of specialisation
  • interpreting music with appropriate style in intonation, rhythm, attack, timbre, dynamics and tempi for self and others in area of specialisation
  • phrasing and shaping music appropriately in area of specialisation
  • understanding and expressing appropriate musical nuance in area of specialisation
  • leading musical performances appropriately for the context of venues, sound forces available and perceived audience taste in area of specialisation
  • engaging audiences through appropriate use of stagecraft skills
  • empathising with the creative work of composers and performers

Planning and organising

  • monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
  • sequencing events to enable staff to be clear in times of change or turbulence
  • working within established timeframes to achieve planned outcomes
  • planning practice to improve own technical facility in performance and directing music in area of specialisation
  • demonstrating punctuality in all work commitments
  • using time-management strategies to set priorities


  • developing and substantiating own views and ideas
  • extending musical boundaries for self and audience in area of specialisation
  • matching work commitments to best career outcome
  • identifying own knowledge and information needs


  • identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
  • seeking feedback and integrating constructive advice into own professional practice
  • evaluating and adjusting career directions and plans realistically to advance in area of specialisation
  • discerning and listening to advice of colleagues, experts and audience groups to adjust work in line with career direction
  • listening critically to continuously evaluate and adjust the musical work of self and others in area of specialisation
  • observing cultural protocols appropriate to the genre or area of specialisation


  • storing and retrieving relevant workplace data
  • using documentation systems for preparing formal contracts and recording or storing copyright agreements
  • accessing/downloading industry information
  • using equipment and instruments in area of specialisation
  • using technology to improve efficiency and musical outcomes for self and others in area of specialisation
  • investigating technology to enhance artistic or commercial outcomes in area of specialisation
  • using word processing tools proficiently


Packaging Rules


Total number of units  = 15 

3 core units 

7 Group A units 

5 elective units 


2 elective units  must be selected from the Group A  and/or Group B units  listed below.


The remaining 3 elective units  may be selected from the Group A  and Group B units  listed below or may include any unit of competency from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at an appropriate qualification level.


No more than 3 Group A or Group B units  previously achieved as part of another qualification may be counted towards the qualification.


Core units 

CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures

CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements

CUSIND501A Apply music knowledge and artistic judgement

Specialist and Electives

Music performance(Performance)

CUSMPF601A Present a music performance

CUSMPF603A Refine performance techniques and expand repertoire

CUSMPF605A Develop advanced vocal techniques

CUSMPF607A Lead music rehearsals

Music literacy (Musicianship)

CUSMLT601A Analyse music

CUSMLT602A Analyse harmony

Music composition(Orchestration) 

CUSMCP601A Extend techniques for composing music

CUSMCP602A Extend techniques for arranging music

Audio /sound (Music Technology)

CUSSOU502A Produce sound recordings

CUSMCP503A Prepare compositions for publishing

Learning and development(Instrumental Teaching)

CUSLED502AProvide tuition for composition

Information management and research(History of Music)

CUVADM13B Research and critique cultural work(s)