TAFE steps up on the music degree front

While we might have lost one contemporary music degree from the Gold Coast, we’re excited that we’ve gained another.

TAFE Gold Cost is now offering a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice, delivered in partnership with the University of Canberra. Students develop a range of skills and knowledge across music composition, performance and theory and undertake analytical studies of historical, cultural and technological applications.  There’s a focus on a holistic, creative and entrepreneurial approach to music-making, so it’s ticking a lot of boxes for local musicians.

We’ve had a sticky beak at TAFE’s Coomera campus and the facilities available there for students. They’ve got access to four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA and backline gear. There’s a live performance space and full line array sound system and professional lighting rig and the main studio is a world-class record facilities.

That’s just one course on offer at TAFE though. There’s a dual qualification that sees students receive a Diploma of Music Industry / Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice (with a focus on either performance or sound production). There’s also a Certificate III in Music Industry which is also offered as a TAFE in School program.

Bailey Dawes and Bianca Heilbronn Anderson are two students currently undertaking the COURSE. Together they make music as The Night Drive Club and each of them are studying the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice, which is offered in partnership with University of Canberra.

“We did heaps of research into bachelor degrees and we felt this course was the most relevant to what we wanted to do as musicians. It has the most hands on and relevant course content,” Bailey explained.

“We have a large number of recording studios and rehearsal spaces that are readily available and free to use as part of our degree. It has been a blessing for us to have access to industry standard studios.”

“Bianca explained that musically the duo have just undergone a rebrand changing their name to The Night Drive Club.

“We are an electro-pop duo,” Bianca said. “We’ve been making music together since high school. We mostly perform in Brisbane but try to take any opportunity we get to play on the Gold Coast. We are in the process of finishing our debut single which will be out on all streaming platforms in June.”

“Studying at TAFE has been super beneficial for us because of the facilities available on campus,” Bianca said.

“The lecturers have been amazing to work with as they have so much knowledge of the music industry and have spent years working within the industry,” she said.

“Studying music is a brilliant idea for networking and further enhancing skills,” Bianca said. “We would both highly recommend studying. Specifically our course as it has been super relevant to being a musician in the real world.”

In addition to its Diploma and Degree programs, TAFE has also partnered with City of Gold Coast to deliver a 12 week course for musicians exploring the business of music. It teaches people the critical business skills necessary to sustain a long and prosperous music career. Topics include common music business contracts, royalties and income streams, copyright, tax and bookkeeping, marketing and distributing music.

Get more information at the TAFE Queensland website.

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