Many students play a musical instrument, or sing, or indeed do both. Some are interested in the production side of music, such as recording, editing and mixing. Some are songwriters. In today’s marketplace, the savvy musician has a level of skill in each of these areas.

The Certificate II – Music Industry course is designed with this in mind, and incorporates elements of the three aspects mentioned above. Successful completion of this course means students will graduate with a formal qualification in Music, delivered by Scotch College but auspiced by Melbourne based group COSAMP, the educational division of professional Melbourne recording studio Salt Studios.

This is a competency-based course, developing in students a hybrid skill set of musicianship, sound engineering and composition.

Students will complete core units of study in the following areas:

  • playing and singing short musical pieces
  • applying musical ideas and listening skills
  • developing creative arts industry knowledge
  • playing music from simple notation
  • composing simple songs
  • working effectively with others
  • health and safety

Further, students will elect to specialise in one of the following areas, during Year 12:

  • developing ensemble skills for playing or singing music
  • incorporating music technology into performance


All nationally recognised courses use a competency-based approach to assessment. This involves students being assessed against standard criteria or benchmarks. A student is judged as either competent or not yet competent. The judgement is made on the basis of evidence which can be in a variety of forms, for example written tests, performance observations, quizzes, viva voce interviews or portfolios. All assessment requirements need to be met concurrently to demonstrate the achievement of an element of competency. All elements of competency must be achieved to demonstrate the achievement of a unit of competency.