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CUS50109 Diploma of 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 on campus (Alphacrucis College's Parramatta Campus, DOMESTIC STUDENTS ONLY) and flexible online (DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS), this nationally recognised qualification is suitable for those who have had some previous formal vocal or instrumental training and/or experience.  The Diploma of Music extends existing skills and has a greater emphasis on providing leadership to the student's chosen field of musical expression.

Participants of CUS50109 Diploma of Music will further build upon invaluable performance and improvisation techniques; as well as improve their song writing, chart reading , arranging, recording and music directing skills.  With 6 electives to choose, students can also hone in on their passion, whether it be writing music for film or teaching music or advanced audio engineering!

The flexible online delivery means you can start ANY unit of the Dip Music at the start of ANY month of the year, from January 2014!!!  No more waiting for the new semester to start your next unit.

Completion of the Diploma of Music also gives you 1yrs cross-credit into the Bachelor of Ministry (Worship Studies Major)!

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2014 Fee Schedule

2014 On Campus Timetable

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16 Units are required to complete this award

  • 3 core units
  • 7 group A units
  • 6 elective units (choose from 9 available electives)

Core Units

CUSOHS301A         Follow occupational health and safety procedures

CUFCMP501A         Manage and exploit copyright arrangements

CUSIND501A          Apply music knowledge and articstic judgement

Group A Units

CUSIND401A           Develop specialist expertise in the music industry

CUSMCP401A         Develop techniques for arranging music

CUSMCP402A         Develop techniques for composing music

CUSMLT501A          Refine aural-perception skills

CUSMPF505A         Perform improvisation for audiences

CUSMPF508A         Provide musical leadership in performance

CUSMPF506A         Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

Elective Units (6 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)

CUSMLT401A           Notate music for performance

CUSLED501A          Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

CUSLED502A          Provide tuition for composition

CUSMCP502A         Compose music for screen

CUSWRT501A        Write about music

CUSSOU401A         Record sound

CUSSOU405A         Mix recorded music

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Ps Daniel Thornton (faculty profile)

Daniel Thornton is an accomplished songwriter, musician and worship leader as well as a dynamic communicator. He is the Head of Department, Music and Creative Arts at Alphacrucis College, serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe and is also 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 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 a 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.

Entry Requirements

IELTS

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

Preferably completed year 12, HSC, or equivalent.

Professional Entry Requirements

Current and historic 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

An audition (in person, or by video) is required for entrance to this award, to demonstrate your current level of instrumental/vocal competence. This ought not to discourage any potential students... We are committed to our students succeeding in their studies! If a student was clearly not yet up to the level of training involved in the Dip Music, we would be doing them a disservice to place them into that course. So... simply demonstrate your current musical capabilities through the audition, whether self-taught or formally trained, and we'll ensure that you're enrolled in the course that best suits your needs and dreams!


Fees – 2013

Local Students: AU$8500.00

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:

CUFCMP501A - Manage and exploit copyright arrangements

Description: It's one thing to have some understanding of copyright and copyright compliance as a composer or performer... but it's a whole 'nother thing to know how to make the most out of copyrighted works that you own or manage.  This unit helps you "play with the big boys" when it comes to all things copyright. 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 >>

CUSIND501A - Apply music knowledge and artist judgment

Description: This is the next level up from "work effectively in the music industry".  It is not only about understanding the industry, but engaging with it as an artist, composer, performer, manager.  It is about knowing where opportunities exist and how to make the most of them! Unit detail page >>

CUSLED501A - Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

Description: Whether formally or informally, as you become more proficient in your instrument/voice, others will want to learn from you.  This unit helps you understand what's required to effectively help others in their development as a vocalist or instrumentalist.  It is an elective, but even if music teaching is not your chosen path, this is a valuable unit for all. Unit detail page >>

CUSLED502A - Provide tuition for composition

Description: As you improve your song writing/composing skills, others will want to gleen from your expertise.  Whether formally or informally, this unit will help you with tools and strategies to teach song writing/composition to others. 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 >>

CUSMCP502A - Compose music for screen

Description: OK... just between you and me... this is my favourite unit EVER!  If you're into composing and you love the idea of being able to completely make or break someone else's visual masterpiece, jump on board! Unit detail page >>

CUSMLT501A - Refine aural-perception skills

Description: Refined aural skills are essential for singers and musicians who want to work at the highest levels of their craft.  As a professional musician, I KNOW when someone has well developed aural skills and when they don't.  When they don't, things are slow and clumsy and awkward.  When they have great aural skills, it's a pleasure working with them!  This unit is all about taking your ear to another level! 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 >>

CUSMPF505A - Perform improvisation for audiences

Description: Taking improvisation to the next stage.  As singers and musicians, sometimes you'll have the music in front of you, or you'll have memorised exactly what to play and when, but GREAT musicians and singers also have the ability to flow with whatever comes.  Their musical foundations and security in their technique alongside a confidence that comes from good training and experience mean they're up for anything!  That's what this unit is all about. Unit detail page >>

CUSMPF506A - Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

Description: It's time to take your instrumental or vocal skills to another level... Unit detail page >>

CUSMPF508A - Provide musical leadership in performance

Description: Band leaders, music directors, worship leaders, lead singers or musicians... this one's for you.  Although as a core unit, all Diploma of Music students need to have a least a rudimentary understanding of how to provide musical leadership.  Whether you've got a title or not, whether you're outgoing in personality or more reserved, this unit will equip you with the skills you need. 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 >>

CUSSOU401A - Record sound

Description: Recording music is SO common place... but what isn't common place is recording music WELL!  This unit will help you understand the technology, techniques and approach to make the most of any recording situation. Unit detail page >>

CUSSOU405A - Mix recorded music

Description: Recording music is the first part of a longer process.  This unit follows on to the next and most important process, Mixing.  Things can be recorded brilliantly and completely killed in the mixing process.  Understanding the software, hardware, underlying principles and tricks of the trade will set you up for all of your future recording projects! Unit detail page >>

CUSWRT501A - Write about music

Description: It you have a writing flair (or would like to get one) and love music... this is the course for you.  Writing about music plays an important role in being able to review music, assess music, recommend music and understand music.  This unit provides you with the unique language and lens through which to write effectively about music in whatever avenue you're interested in pursuing. Unit detail page >>


NEW IN 2014: Flexible Online Campus

At Alphacrucis, our global online campus is a popular option for most of our students. However, we have also realised that with the juggling of family, work and ministry alongside study, added flexibility is always welcome.

Addressing this need, AC will be trialing a new form of online study in the first half of 2014 with our online Diploma of Music students – the flexible online campus.

What does this mean? Well, at present, if students want to complete a module via our global online campus, they can only begin in late January or late July.

Our new flexible online format will allow you to choose the month when you want to begin your chosen Diploma of Music unit, allowing you to tailor the schedule of your learning program to your life.

Obviously, with any new innovation, questions will follow. If you're interested in finding out more about the flexible online campus, please don't hesitate to have a look at our FAQ page, which addresses common questions students might have.

Otherwise, please feel free to email the flexible online campus director Greta Cornish for more information.