CUS40109 Certificate IV in Music
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.
*only cross-over Cert IV Music/Dip Music units will be delivered on campus
14 Units are required to complete this award
- 3 core units
- 7 group A units (1 module choice for vocalists/instrumentalists)
- 4 elective units (choose from 8 available electives)
Group A Units
Elective Units (4 of the following)
CUSMPF401A Rehearse music for group performances (linked to unit CUSMPF404A - below)
CUSMPF404A Perform music as part of a group (linked to unit CUSMPF401A - above)
CUSMPF302A Prepare for performances (linked to unit CUSMPF410A - below)
CUSMPF410A Perform music from written notation (linked to unit CUSMPF302A - above)
Linked units must be done together (and therefore account for 2 elective choices)
Ps 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 encompass PhD (candidate), M.Music Technology (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), LMusA (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 18yrs and have 3 beautiful children.
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 – 2014★
Local Students: AU$3925.00
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.
Australian Skills Quality Authority Information
- Legal name: Alphacrucis College Limited
- RTO National code: 90525
Units offered as part of this Award:
- CUFCMP301A - Implement copyright arrangements
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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement individual or collaborative copyright arrangements. Unit detail page >>
- CUSIND301B - Work effectively in the music industry
Description: Work, whether voluteered or paid, is ALL about relationships! This unit addresses the roles and responsibilities of people you are dealing with (or will have to deal with) as a musician/singer. Communication skills, negotiation skills and an understanding of relevant contracts/agreements will all be addressed in a profoundly practical and helpful manner. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the music industry. These include relationship building, negotiation techniques, work prioritisation and personal development. Unit detail page >>
- CUSIND401A - Develop specialist expertise in the music industry
Description: Technology is driving music in our modern times. From music creation to team administration, from chart writing to enhancing live performance, this unit will look into the myriad intersections of music and technology. A fascinating investigation of both the present and the future. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop specialist expertise in one or more fields of the music industry. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMCP302A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to write song lyrics. An understanding of musical styles and song structures is essential, along with knowledge of how copyright and royalties apply to songwriters. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMCP303A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use electronic media to develop simple musical pieces. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMCP401A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to rework an existing composition into a different instrumental or vocal grouping. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMCP402A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply aural imagination and perception skills to compose a range of musical pieces. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMLT301A - Apply knowledge of genre to music making
Description: How easily we can get stuck in our musical habits! Gaining a broad knowledge of musical genres and styles allows you to be more flexible as a musician/singer. It also allows you to connect with a much broader array of audiences. This unit will stretch your appreciation of possible musical genres and hopefully inspire you to branch out on occaision! V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of music styles to music industry work and learning. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMLT302A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to aurally recognise simple structures and components of music and to discuss these with peers and other industry personnel. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMLT401A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to analyse and refine notated music for performance. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF302A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use practice time to prepare for performances. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF304A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and produce a music demo. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF305A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform simple musical improvisation in a chosen area. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF401A - 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. V.E.T. module description - Musicians and vocalists in all genres need to rehearse prior to performances. In addition to knowing their repertoire and being able to perform to the required standard, they must also be disciplined enough to arrive at rehearsals on time and participate in a collaborative way with other members of the group. They are also expected to hone their skills in private practice time outside rehearsals. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF404A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform music for an audience as part of a group. Performing in a group is a highly collaborative undertaking, so group members need well-developed interpersonal communication skills in addition to their technical and musicianship skills. They must support each other during performances and be willing to work together on improving the overall performance of the group. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF405A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop instrumental technique across a range of performance repertoire. A commitment to well-planned and regular practice is essential, along with a willingness to act on feedback from colleagues and mentors. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF407A - 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop vocal techniques. It covers developing control of the range of scope of own voice, techniques to enhance vocal quality and health, as well as strategies for developing the technical skills required to perform a range of repertoire with confidence. Unit detail page >>
- CUSMPF410A - 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! V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform music from written notation. Unit detail page >>
- CUSOHS301A - Follow occupational health and safety procedures
Description: "OHS 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... OHS 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. V.E.T. module description - This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of music styles to music industry work and learning. Unit detail page >>