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Contemporary Performance

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Notable alumni

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

Courses offered in this discipline

WAAPA’s Contemporary Music program offers two majors:


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).

Your course options are:

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 Solo and collaborated original music is combined with stagecraft skills to feature in performances studies.

Your course options are:

Download the new Music Course Structure document


The Course Coordinator for Contemporary Music is Mr Matthew Allen.

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.

Audition and interview documents

All WAAPA audition and interview documents are currently being updated for 2022 intake.

Please check back in July for all course audition information.

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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