2 Years Full-Time
Up to 4 Years Part-Time

January 24th 2022,
May 23rd 2022
September 12th 2022

E-Learning (LIVE Online)
Distance Learning

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The Diploma of Music is comprised of the second four units of our Bachelor degree or Term 2 and follows on direction from completion of the Foundation Diploma of Music. 

This general course covers the Four Disciplines of Musicianship, Music Performance, Music as Culture and Modern Music Creation. Students will be able to delve deeper into previous learning and apply themselves to the principals of music including composition, performance, collaborative studies and musicianship. 

This course can be used as RPL for future studies towards the Bachelor of Music degree. 

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Term starts January 24th 2022 - Download the new course guide now!

Student are informed by music from the past; have the capacity to work creatively, musically and intelligently with the realities of professional practices in the present; and have the facility to respond quickly and meaningfully to the innovations and changes that will characterise their careers in music in the future.

Using the 4 major disciplines of music students will undertake a unit from each area. Including composition, collaborative studies, history of music and musicology. 

Course Content

  • Gain fundamental skills and knowledge in traditional and contemporary melodic and melodic part writing

  • Select and perform a diverse and varied program of appropriate to the first year of tertiary study as a soloist, demonstrating developing control of instrumental or vocal ability and musicality, and show an increasing openness to a variety of musical styles and developing influences.

  • Compose score-based music for small groups of instruments and/or voices, usually based on the instruments played by other students in their year. You will study traditional compositional techniques such as the use of repetition, motivic development, and pitch and rhythmic structures. You will also create a folio of approximately 10 minutes’ worth of music.

  • Create musical collaborations that can occur in the classroom, across the internet, or a combination of both; and be able to create collaborative projects that involve real time and/or distance communication as occurs in the contemporary musical world


Download the 2022 course guide for more information.

Course structure

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*Student's individual experiences may vary.



Equips students with fundamentals of musical construction in the western canon.

Includes: Theory, Aural, Harmony, Composition 

Performance &

Prepare the student to communicate music effectively and to pass on the knowledge and pratise of music.

Includes: Instrumental Performance, Theory of Performance, Teaching

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Music as
a Culture

Explore past and present musical developments and interactions as you discover the history of music and how it applies today.


Includes: Music History, Collaborative Music Studies 

Modern Music

Equips students with the fundamentals of technologies used in the 21st Century to create their own compositional expression and exploration. 

Includes: Music Technology, Composition, Music Business 


prof Andreas Boyde

Professor of Piano Performance

Andreas was born in Oschatz, Germany and He studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
His solo recitals in renowned concert venues and appearances as soloist with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker  and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra have secured Boyde’s reputation as an esteemed performing artist. The Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt appointed Andreas Boyde Artist in Residence for the season 2018/19

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Dr Megan burslem

Lecturer Music as Culture

Megan is a long-time presenter on ABC classic, most recently on ABC Jazz Mornings. She is also an active participant in Melbourne's music education scene - mentoring musicians and music educators, and guiding discussion around music

She has a Bachelor of Music (Hons), Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music (Performance), Master of Teaching (Secondary) &  Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology & Ethnomusicology)


Caleb Garfinkel

Senior Lecturer Technology & Composition


Joining AGME in 2017, Caleb is responsible for student registration and administration. He also lectures and leads the Technology & Composition unit series. He is a composer, director and performer in live shows around Australia. Caleb’s playing has featured on several music releases, including supporting prominent performers. He has a Bachelor of Music (Performance, Honours), Master of Arts (Music Performance).

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career opportunities

Our graduates are set up for success in the live performance and arts industries on a global scale. With knowledge in our key 4 areas of Musicianship, Performance & Teaching, Modern Music Creation and Music as Culture, graduates can explore a range of career opportunities and upskill their current careers in disciplines including:

  • Accompanist

  • Audio technician 

  • Concert manager

  • Festival director  

  • Film scorer 

  • Music administrator

  • Music arranger                                   

  • Music composer

  • Music critic or reviewer 

  • Music producer or sound engineer 

  • Record producer or music director 

  • Performer for bands, studio and live recordings, film, theatre, television and live  events 

  • Private Music teacher 

  • School Music Teacher (Primary/Secondary)

  • Project curator 

  • Studio engineer 

  • Sound artist 

  • Touring soloist or ensemble member

International Students

Our completely online delivery method means that our students can study with us from anywhere in the world! 

Students will need to meet required audition & academic standards and have an IELTS score of band 6.0 (5.5 considered with extra assessment).

The best part is that your instrumental tuition can be delivered in person in your home country or by LIVE-Online real-time teaching.

entry & admissions


Foundation Diploma of Music 
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Recognition of Prior Learning:

Already completed tertiary studies in music or another discipline? We can assess this previous studies for RPL and reduce the duration of your studies. Up to 50% of the Diploma of Music can be awarded through Recognition of Prior Learning.  This can include previous tertiary studies or Graded Instrumental, Theory or Teaching qualifications from recognised Examination Boards.

Fill out our online application form to get started! 



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study options for everyone

Looking for something else? Our Bachelor of Music is designed specifically for online study and is lead by leading industry professionals. We also offer other pathway options including the Foundation Diploma and Licentiate Programs as well as offering Certificate Short Courses that allow students to specialise their studies in their areas of interest. Take a look below or click here for more.
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