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CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry

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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 at AC Central Parramatta Campus and flexible online, 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 Industry extends existing skills and has a greater emphasis on providing leadership to the student's chosen field of musical expression.

Participants of CUA50815 Diploma of Music Industry will further build upon invaluable theory and skills in;

  • performance
  • improvisation
  • song writing
  • chart reading
  • arranging
  • recording
  • music directing

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 that is shown in the calendar below. No more waiting for the new semester to start your next unit.

Completion of the Diploma of Mu sic Industry also gives you 1yrs cross-credit into the Bachelor of Ministry (Worship Studies Major).


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16 Units are required to complete this award

  • On-campus students: 4 core units, 10 compulsory elective units and 2 elective units (choose from 7 available electives)
  • Flexible online students: 4 core units and 12 elective units (choose from 17 available compulsory elective units and elective units)

Core Units

CUAPPR505          Establish and maintain safe creative practice

CUACMP501          Manage copyright arrangements

BSBCRT501           Originate and develop concepts

CUAIND402            Provide freelance services


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

CUAMLT501             Refine aural perception skills

CUAMPF504            Perform improvisation for audiences

CUAMPF507            Provide musical leadership in performance

CUAMPF505            Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

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

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


Elective Units

CUALED501             Provide instrumental or vocal tuition

CUALED502             Provide tuitiion for composition

CUAMCP502            Compose music for screen

CUAWRT503            Write about music


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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

Completion of Year 12 Certificate
Competence at or above Exit Level 3 in Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy. (An ACSF level test can be arranged through AC upon application).

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 ★

Local Students: AU$9760.00
International Students: AU$10400.00

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:

BSBCRT501 - Originate and develop concepts

Description: Unleash your creative-side in this unit which gets you thinking about and working on products ideas for use in the music industry. Undertake each element of the product formulation proces: from the commencement of research and inital design steps, to the construction of a prototype, all the while engaging with relevant stakeholders and experts in the industry, finally, present your final product concept. Unit detail page >>

CUACMP501 - Manage 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 >>

CUAIND402 - Provide freelance services

Description: Promote your professional services on music industry platforms, and commence your personal business in the music industry. Learn how to tend to your budding business; Maintain industry contacts; Carry out contractual work with clients; And learn the skills required to effectively and efficiently manage a business for the long term. Unit detail page >>

CUALED501 - 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 >>

CUALED502 - 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 >>

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 >>

CUAMCP502 - 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 >>

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 >>

CUAMLT501 - 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 >>

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 >>

CUAMPF504 - 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 >>

CUAMPF505 - Develop technical skills and expand repertoire

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

CUAMPF507 - 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 >>

CUAPPR505 - Establish and maintain safe creative practice

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 >>

CUASOU405 - 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 >>

CUASOU409 - 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 >>

CUAWRT503 - 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 >>

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 offers a form of online study with our online Diploma of Music Industry 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 flexible online format will allow you to choose the month when you want to begin your chosen Diploma of Music Industry unit, in line with the calendar shown below, allowing you to tailor the schedule of your learning program to your life.

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 contact the course coordinator Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton for more information.