Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching

This degree is currently under review and is not accepting new admissions.

Do you need Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach from the Teachers' Registration Board of SA?

This one-year qualification has been developed in conjunction with and at the request of the Department for Education and Child Development. It’s designed for in-service instrumental teachers who do not have any teaching qualifications or who’ve attained a Diploma in Music or equivalent.

What will you do?

  • develop and assimilate effective teaching methodologies
  • investigate and respond to legal and professional issues in music teaching
  • consider and incorporate music education principles and processes in your lessons
  • hone your ability to strategize and communicate in unfolding teaching situations.

Note: This program is only offered on a part-time basis, usually over one year.

  • Study part-time and gain a music teaching qualification in one year
  • access greater employment opportunities and career growth
  • hone our skills for today's music classroom

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC076
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants must also provide the following supporting documentation: - Personal CV, including professional development and musical activities and community engagement as a musician. - Evidence of pupils' examinations or/and competition results (AMEB, SACE, Eisteddfod or equivalent). Note: Please provide no more than three examples, or a list. - Evidence of pupils' performances (programs, DVD recordings etc.) Note: Please provide no more than three examples. - 2 references (including contact details of referees). Please see for further details.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Diploma in Music from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent qualification) in the main instrument/voice to be taught. Applicants who do not have a Diploma or equivalent will need to satisfy one of the following criteria: a. Submit a DVD to the Elder Conservatorium of Music comprising at least 10 minutes performing time that clearly demonstrates your performance abilities which includes either solo work or ensemble work with soloing sections. b. Attend a live performance audition (solo work) of at least 10 minutes duration to a University panel.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $15,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

This degree is designed for instrumental/vocal teachers already practising in schools who are not currently eligible to apply for Special Authority for an Unregistered Person to Teach category with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Eligibility under this category from the Board will ensure their continued eligibility to teach in schools.

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Potential careers

Education Coordinator, Education Officer, Education Officer / Educator, Educational Policy Writer, SACE Teacher, SSO

Degree Structure

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Last updated: Friday, 10 Feb 2023