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

September 12th 2022
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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 directly 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 September 12th 2022 - Download the new course guide now!

Course Content

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. 

  • 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.


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 


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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


Caleb Garfinkel

Senior Lecturer Technology & Composition


Caleb Garfinkel is Senior Lecturer of Modern Music Creation at the Australian Guild of Music, and is also responsible for student registration and administration as Registrar. He has a Bachelor of Music with Honours (VU, Monash) in contemporary guitar, and a Master of Arts (Music Performance, Monash), focused on digital improvised performance using acoustic instruments with computers. Caleb is a composer and music director, with highlights including his original work Tony Galati The Musical, and the Australian premiere of The Color Purple; and regular performer, notably playing mandolins/acoustic guitar in the Australian production of Come From Away (Melbourne, Brisbane seasons). Caleb is also a music production and technology enthusiast, regularly producing recorded works for independent artists and live performances.

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Paul watt

Professor of Musicology

Paul Watt is Professor of Musicology at the Australian Guild of Music, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Music in the University of Adelaide. His research crosses a range of fields including nineteenth-century music, musical biography and criticism, popular music, intellectual history and religious and literary studies. He is the author of two books, Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography (2017) and The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England (2018). His articles have been published in a variety of journals including Music & Letters, the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 19th-century Music and the Yale Journal of Music & Religion. He is co-editor of a number of books including The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (with Sarah Collins and Michael Allis, 2020) and the award-winning book, Joseph Holbrooke: Composer, Critic and Musical Patriot (with Anne-Marie Forbes, 2017). 

Paul is also the Director of the Street Music Research Unit. The Unit is affiliated with The Busking Project, a non-profit organisation in Berlin, that promotes busking and street performance around the world. Paul also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Research Online, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, the RMA Research Chronicle and ‘Studies in British Musical Cultures’, a book series published by Clemson University Press. 

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Simone Maurer

Lecturer - Musicianship & Performance

Having joined the Guild in 2020, Simone lectures for Musicianship, and is Unit Coordinator and lecturer for Music Performance - in addition to providing governance support for various committees. Simone is a classically trained flautist, music performance and psychology researcher, and a Certified Movement Analyst. Simone has a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in advanced flute performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was a Griffith Honours College scholar and was awarded both a University and Music medal. She completed an MPhil in Music Studies (Performance) at the University of Cambridge (UK) whilst receiving flute lessons from Michael Cox (Royal Academy of Music, London). Simone is currently a final year PhD researcher in flute performance and music psychology (specifically investigating embodied cognition of performers) at the University of Melbourne, for which she received an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship from the Australian Government to study in NYC for one year. This study culminated in a Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and international registration as a somatic movement educator and therapist. Simone also teaches aural musicianship, music psychology, and dance theory at the University of Melbourne. 

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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


  1. Identity Document

  2. Performance Document : Graded Examination Instrumental Certificate (Highest Level Only) e.g. Grade 8; ATCL etc AND Recorded Audition of 6 - 9 minutes demonstrating at least three contrasting styles. These may be parts of works.

  3. Music Theory Document : Graded Examination Theory Certificate (Highest Level Only) OR AGME's Theory test 1&2

  4. Education Document: High School Certificate OR Statement about education undertaken

  5. For non- English speaking country: IELTS or Equivalent English Certificate OR A statement about English competency, including information about previous English study or work usage.

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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