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Contemporary Music - Performance and Music Artist

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Notable alumni

  • Dulcie
  • Meg Mac
  • Tim Minchin
  • Luke Reynolds (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets)
  • Blake Rose

WAAPA’s Contemporary Music program offers two majors:

  • Performance provides intensive training as a contemporary instrumentalist or vocalist.
  • Music Artist provides creative and technical skills required for a career in the contemporary music industry.

Performance - This intensive, performance-based major centres on ensemble studies, giving students the opportunity to develop advanced instrumental and performance skills on their chosen instrument (vocal, guitar, bass, keyboard or drum-set). Students receive individual lessons, attend masterclasses and are part of repertoire-intensive performing ensembles. Other classes include arranging, history, theory, rhythm, aural and improvisation. Performances are undertaken regularly throughout the course and the final year culminates in a professional recital.

Music Artist - This course focuses on creative original music, song writing, performance preparation and collaboration. Music Artists work on individual and group creativity, where performances are not limited to their primary instrument. Students develop fundamental knowledge along with an understanding of essential stylistic elements and the ability to communicate their musical ideas. Solo and collaborated original music is combined with stagecraft skills to feature in performances studies.

Courses offered in this discipline

These course pages detail entry requirements, fee and interview information. You can also apply from these pages.

Audition and interview documents


The Course Coordinator for Contemporary Music is Mr Mike Eastman.

The Course Coordinator for Music Artist is Mr Vinnie Crea.

If you would like to view other staff in the Music department, please visit the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

More information

For further enquiries please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000.

If you would like to know more about WAAPA courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

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