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CUS40109 Certificate IV in Music

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This is not just any music training course. 

From worship directors and pastors, to instrumentalists and vocalists, this innovative program is designed to equip those involved in worship music for their unique ministry.

Delivered online and on campus*, this nationally recognised qualification is suitable for those at all levels of musicianship, including those who have no previous formal vocal or instrumental training.

Participants of CUS40109 Certificate IV in Music will learn invaluable performance and improvisation techniques; as well as improve their song writing, chart reading , arranging, recording and music directing skills.  they will also gain a critical understanding of the music industry, musical genres and copyright.

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*only cross-over Cert IV Music/Dip Music units will be delivered on campus

14 Units are required to complete this award

  • 4 core units
  • 6 compulsory elective units (1 module choice for vocalists/instrumentalists)
  • 4 elective units (choose from 10 available electives)

Core Units

CUAWHS302           Apply work health and safety practices

BSBIPR401              Use and respect copyright

BSBCRT401             Articulate, present and debate ideas

BSBSMB301             Investigate micro business opportunities


Compulsory Elective Units

MINPAS408A           Work in a ministry team

MINTHE404A          Promote a Christian worldview

CUAMCP401           Develop techniques for arranging music

CUAMCP402           Develop techniques for composing music

CUAMPF305           Develop and apply aural perception skills


Elective Units (4 of the following)

CUAMCP302            Write song lyrics

CUAMPF304            Make a music demo

CUAMPF401            Rehearse music for group performances (linked to unit CUAMPF404 - below)

CUAMPF404            Perform music as part of a group (linked to unit CUAMPF401 - above)


CUAMPF302            Prepare for performances (linked to unit CUAMPF410 - below)

CUAMPF410            Perform music from written notation (linked to unit CUAMPF302 - above)

CUAMLT401             Notate music for performance

Linked units must be done together (and therefore account for 2 elective choices)


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Song Kyu Kim (faculty profile)

Song Kyu Kim is Bassist, Composer and Producer.


Bass Player

1994 Band “AQUI” Bassist

1997 Band “R.U Band” Bassist, Played at Hongdae Club

1998~1999 “Addiction (Sponge)” 

- Hongdae Club

- Fringe Festival

- Compilation Album, “The green night” (1999, GANGAG Culture & Arts.)

1998 Hwangshinhye Band

- Japan Tour Concert

- Sanulim Tribute Album  “77 99 22” (1999.03 DOREMI Record) 

2003~2005 Band “Not For Sale”

- 1st & 2nd Album, Recording & Concert

2004 Onnuri Church, Power Station 3rd Album 

2006 “Wow Joyful Worship Dance” Recording (2006, CGNTV)

2008 Onnuri Church Worship Album “Heavenly Worship” Produced, arranged, and recorded. 

2005~2012Love Sonata in JAPAN, CAMBODIA, TAILAND, CHINA

(Okinawa, Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Aomori, Nikata) 

2008~2009 Jazz Band “Fire N’ Ice”

- 2008 Gwanghwamun Jazz Concours (Selected the Final)

- 2008 Gwanghwamun Jazz Concours Special Album

- Gwanghwamun Olleh Art Hall Subscription Concert

2010 1st Yeosu Hanulsun Movie Music Festival “Radio Star” Musical Band ”East River”

2010 Infinity Music Co., ltd. “Good Song” Recording

17.August.2010 Buchoen Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus, Concert for Youth “Delicious Classic Music” 

15.May.2012 Buchoen Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus “Teacher’s Day” Concert

09.Sep.2012 Buchoen Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus 105th Regular Concert  American Choral Music

2009~2013 Band “LUQAZ” Bassist, Producer (Infinity Music co., ltd.)

2.Nov.2013 Park, Ki-young Concert, Town Hall, Sydney

9.Apr.2016 Shin Hyungwon & Haebaragi Concert, Town Hall, Sydney


And Work with Bock Hee Yun, Kiyoung Park, Soul Singers, Gangsung Park, Danny Jung (Saxophonist), Ray Sidney, Whijin (Popera) etc


2001~2003 Funglish co., ltd. Sound Director

- Composing & Directing For Education Music

JEI TV Program Title Song (Composed, produced, recorded bass, and designed sound) 

- “Making Mr. Um Chief”

- “Moon PD’s Butter Pronunciation School” 

2005~2009 Established Whochu Sound Production

- Produced lots of music


Soprano Eran Ha Album “Blessing” (Produced&recorded bass)

Mukoyama Takahiko Audio Book “Big Fat Cat” (Publishing Company Willbook) (Composed, produced, recorded bass, and designed sound)

Sound Design For Online Commercial of Anyang University

Sound Design For Online Commercial of RICHMONT (Bakery)

Sound Design For Online Commercial MINTO (Café)

2008 Sound Design For Hyundai Motors NEW Engine Launching Show 

2009 “Worship IN” Recording Engineer


Composed, produced, recorded bass, designed sound  for All Samsung Works

Sep.2009 Samsung Mobile “Corby” Launching Show. Milano Italy 

Nov.2009 Samsung Mobile “Corby” Launching Show. AT Center Seoul Korea

Feb.2010 Samsung Mobile “Wave” Launching Show. MWC2010 “Unpacked” Barcelona Spain


Samsung Mobile “Galaxy S” Launching Show. CTIA “Unpacked II” Las Vegas USA

Samsung Mobile “Galaxy S” Launching Show. Global & Seoul Korea. Samsung Bldg.

Nov.2011 Samsung Mobile “Galaxy Tab” Launching Show.  Seoul Korea. Samsung Bldg.



D’strict ‘LIVE PARK 4D’ KOREA. KINTEX (Composed, produced, recorded bass, and designed sound)


Music Director, Main Band Leader & Bassist. Seoul Korea Onnuri Church

March.2013 YTN Science Documentary “Design&Culture -  See the Interactive world…From 2D to 4D” Interview

May.2013 Arranged songs for 20th Anniversary for Singapore Korean International School


2008 “Worship Music.”  Special Lecturer, Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary. Seoul Korea

2008~2011 “Understanding Western Music.” Special Lecturer for Jazz Part, Seoul National University. Seoul Korea

2004~2013 “Sound Design” Anyang University. Anyang Korea

2011~2013 “Bass Guitar” Taekyeung College. Daegu Korea

2012~2013 Korea Creative Content Agency(KOCCA) Academy. Seoul Korea 

2012~2015 “Sound Design” Seoul Digital University. Seoul Korea

Jun.2014~2015 “Guitar” AMPA(Academy of Music and Performing Arts). Rozelle Australia

Aug.2014~2015 “Worship Music” Alphacrucis College. Parramatta Australia


“Ensemble” Alphacrucis College. Parramatta Australia

“Bass Guitar” Alphacrucis College. Parramatta Australia


Samsung Wave
Samsung Corby
Samsung Galaxy S


Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton (faculty profile)

Daniel Thornton: accomplished and awarded songwriter, musician and worship leader, sought-after minister and educator.  He is the world's leading expert on contemporary congregational songs.  He is the Head of Deparment, Music and Creative Arts at Alphacrucis College, and serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe as well as being engaged as a professional composer and performer.
From 2007 - 2010, Daniel served as the Music Pastor at Paradise Community Church (Adelaide, South Australia) and previously as the Worship and Associate Pastor at North Shore Christian Centre in Sydney Australia for over 8 years.
He regularly produces/records and releases Worship CDs/DVDs including Christmas Presence, For Worshipers, from Worshipers, Daniel|Piano|Worship Classics 2, It is Well - Instrumentals (2011)Worship Classics (2010), Above All Else (2010), One Heart (2009), Worship Always (2009), Paradise(2008), It is Well - Vol 2(2007), It is Well - Vol 1(2006), Beyond Words (2004), and many more. Some of these recordings/performances are featured weekly on the NSCC TV show LifeSource and the Paradise TV shows.
His songs are sung in churches around the world including “Father”, “Come into the House” and “Presence Beautiful”. Daniel’s passion is to connect people with God and see the church rise to its fullest potential.
Daniel has performed a starring role on in an Off-Broadway premiere at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York of the new musical "Angels".  His recent starring roles in musical theatre productions also include, Godspell, !Hero and The Prodigal.
Six years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a music scholarship to London provided much of Daniel's formal training. During that time, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles performed his compositions. After completing his studies, Daniel was appointed Music Director for Penrith Christian Fellowship Centre, then Penrith City Church and later Worship Pastor at C3 Mt Annan.
Daniel is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches.  His formal qualifications include Ph.D., M.Music Technology (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), L.Mus.A. (Theory), Performers Certificate T.C.L. (Piano) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment.
He has owned and run two private music schools, and also lectured for many years at a number of colleges including Hillsong College and the Paradise College of Ministry.
Daniel and his wife Kris have been married for 23yrs and have 3 teenage children.

Entry Requirements


For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.

Academic Entry Requirements


Professional Entry Requirements

Some previous vocal/instrumental experience is required.
This might include any of the following:
- Private Instrumental/Vocal Lessons
- Group Instrumental/Vocal Lessons
- Involvement in a Band/Ensemble
- Involvement in a Church Worship Team
- Study of Music at School
- Attendance at Music/Worship Conference/Workshop/Seminar

Fees ★

Local Students: AU$4410.00

Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.

Important: The total cost is based on students enrolling in the complete course or qualification for the standard delivery stream on offer. Fees are actually set on a per unit level, so that the total cost of an award is [number of units in award] x [cost of units]. Accordingly, the total cost of an award will vary depending on the units chosen. International students are required to enrol in the complete course or qualification. The fees are subject to change. Please contact Alphacrucis for an up to date fee schedule.

Australian Skills Quality Authority Information

  • Legal name: Alphacrucis College Limited
  • RTO National code: 90525

Units offered as part of this Award:

BSBCRT401 - Articulate, present and debate ideas

Description: How and where can one learn the skills that will aid them to articulate, present and debate ideas in the music industry? Look no further! This unit serves to broaden knowledge of and outwork effective communicatory practices in line with the formulation and presentation of original ideas. Unit detail page >>

BSBIPR401 - Use and respect copyright

Description: Copyright is an issue for every church and every musician/singer that plays, performs, records, communicates, copies or listens to music!!!  It is essential to understand the laws that protect consumers and producers of music.  This module presents a potentially complicated subject in simple but comprehensive terms. Unit detail page >>

BSBSMB301 - Investigate micro-business opportunites

Description: Become acquainted with the realms of business opportunity and market-change in the music industry by way of investigation and research in this unit.  Unit detail page >>

CUAMCP302 - Write song lyrics

Description: Can anyone write lyrics?  Should lyrics not be judged because they are personal expressions of the lyricists thoughts and feelings? or should lyrics be rigorously assessed for their doctrinal accuracy and relevance?  Lyric-writing CAN be taught.  This unit looks at both the underlying questions of why lyrics exist, as well as the very practical ways in which writers can hone their thoughts and ideas into powerful and profound song words. Unit detail page >>

CUAMCP303 - Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media

Description: Technology abounds to capture our musical creations!  You never need lose that "great hook" or "brilliant riff" again!  Learn how to use (or better use) technology to record music in this unit. Unit detail page >>

CUAMCP401 - Develop techniques for arranging music

Description: A significant role for every M.D. (music director) is to arrange.  When do the various instruments enter? What should they be playing? What band dynamics will make the most of the song?  This unit addresses the practical, theoretical, written and verbal skills of arranging musical elements effectively. Unit detail page >>

CUAMCP402 - Develop techniques for composing music

Description: Writing music is not just for the "naturally gifted" or "divinely inspired".  When the Psalmist says "sing a New Song to the Lord", it's because EVERYONE can do it!  This unit provides you with the tools, understanding and experience to create your own original musical compositions. Unit detail page >>

CUAMLT301 - Develop and apply aural perception skills

Description: Did you learn music by-ear?  or did you learn to read the notes on the page?  Either way, aural skills are absolutely crucial to the performance of contemporary music especially in a church context.  This unit is packed with opportunity to refine and enhance your musical aural perception skills. Unit detail page >>

CUAMLT401 - Notate music for performance

Description: Chart writing is an important skill to master.  A quick, accurate chart on-the-run will solve a HUGE amount of performance errors.  Accurate charts allow people to prepare well in advance and facilitate efficient rehearsals.  This unit will help you develop these skills. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF302 - Prepare for performances

Description: Great performances and not by chance.  Great preparation makes a significant difference to the final performance.  In this unit you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to prepare for performances effectively and efficiently. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF304 - Make a music demo

Description: Music demos play a vital role in the introduction of new songs, the workshopping of new songs, rehearsal recordings and recordings for review.  Develop best practice in the preparation and execution of making your music demos. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF305 - Develop improvisation skills

Description: Improvisation skills are SO important to music in a church context.  You will find this comprehensive introduction to understanding and developing improvisation skills enormously useful on a regular basis.  Gain confidence and knoweldge with this unit. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF401 - Rehearse music for group performances

Description: Often, we as musicians/singers are not performing alone.  Rehearsing effectively together, provides the confidence to perform well together.  This hands-on unit deals with all of the knowledge and skills necessary to make rehearsing music as a group effective and efficient. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF404 - Perform music as part of a group

Description: Following the personal and group rehearsals comes the performance.  This unit addresses all of the issues that surround performance.  From the relations-management to the organising of equipment, from effective sound-checks to de-briefing performances, if you play/sing in a band... this unit will help you. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF405 - Develop instrumental techniques

Description: Instrumentalist? extend you technical skills in this unit.  In consultation with your facilitator, set up effective practice regimes, set and reach goals towards improving your playing. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF407 - Develop vocal techniques

Description: Vocalist? extend you technical skills in this unit.  In consultation with your facilitator, set up effective practice regimes, set and reach goals towards improving your singing. Unit detail page >>

CUAMPF410 - Perform music from written notation

Description: For those of you who can read notated music and charts, you'll know how wonderfully liberating it is!  If you haven't yet mastered those music reading skills... this is your chance!  Unit detail page >>

CUAWHS302 - Apply work health and safety practices

Description: "WHS is boring" I hear you say?  Well I won't try and tell you it's the most riveting unit you'll do... BUT if you ask the guitarist who had a lighting rig fall on his head during a rehearsal, or ask the veteren drummer about his substantial hearing loss... WHS suddenly seems a little more important.  In fact, it's crucial, hence the reason it's a core unit!  This unit will help you gain the knowledge and skills to function safely in the world of music, musical equipment and music performance. Unit detail page >>