How to become a Musician

Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, perform, record and conduct musical compositions. A musician may perform a variety of tasks depending on their area of specialisation.

Personal requirements of a Musician

  • Musical skills
  • Stamina to perform at peak level
  • Self-confidence, motivation, dedication and determination
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to concentrate for long periods
  • Mastery of one or more styles of music such as classical, jazz or pop
  • Flair for entertainment

Education & Training for a Musician

To become a musician you usually have to complete formal training in a chosen musical field, although some musicians are self-taught. You may like to consider a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an audition, interview or musicianship/music proficiency theory test. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Alternatively, you can become a musician by studying music at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and music are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an audition, interview or musicianship/music proficiency theory test. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 39.3%

NT 0.7%

QLD 20.4%

SA 11.3%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 21.1%

WA 4.5%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 63.6%

Female 36.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 14.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 37.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 25.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 54.8%

Above 35 years: 56.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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