VCE Student a Superstar in the Making

Year 11 VCE student, Hope, is making a name for herself in the Music Industry in leaps and bounds. Hope has been cast in this year’s Victorian State School Spectacular as a principal vocalist and has appeared in promotional material and interviews about the event.

In addition, Hope was asked to perform the Australian National Anthem at this years ANZAC Day State Luncheon which is an incredible honour. As a result of her performance, she was asked by the Victorian Shrine of Remembrance to professionally record the Australian National Anthem. This recording is now played in ‘The Sanctuary’ at the Shrine once a month during their services, which occur over 200 times a year.

We wish Hope all the best as she pursues her passion in singing and performing!

Hope is currently studying a Certificate III in Music (Performance) at NCAT.


Music (Performance)

The music industry and sound production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors.

The Certificate III In Music strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry. NCAT music trainers work in and consult with industry. Trainers also participate in government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multi media labs.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:

  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Performance) enables you to:


Perform in various ensembles across multiple genres.


Work collaboratively and re-interpret popular music.


Plan, prepare and promote gigs as a part of a group.


Expand on your musical language and critically listen.

The NCAT Music trainers consult with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“I love how music connects you to an audience and how it makes people feel.”

TestimonialsZac Lister (Head of Music Department and Sound Production Teacher)

“The most important part of having industry standard gear is when the real world, they know what it is. They see it they’re not daunted.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They know that this is not just a thing you want to do, it's a passion.”

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Course Structure

The NCAT Certificate III in Music Performance stream course focuses on exploring genre, building stagecraft, writing original compositions and performing live at multiple school events. A major performance is organised by the students as a culmination of the year’s work. This course has a scored assessment for ATAR purposes at Unit 3 & 4 levels.

Activities & Tasks

Students complete a broad range of activities including but not limited to: collaborative songwriting and re-interpreting popular music; opportunity to perform in various ensembles across multiple genres; planning, preparing and promoting a gig as part of a group; improvisation and stagecraft techniques; music language and critical listening; opportunity to record original music in the NCAT recording studio; WHS for music practice and performance; copyright and contracts for performers and songwriters.


The assessment involves a variety of methods including observations, written and oral questioning, reviews and practical demonstrations. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using all of the relevant criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A reasonable standard of musicianship is needed for this course.
All students must attend a fifteen-minute interview.