Music Qualifications Explained

Music Teaching is an unregulated industry. There are no minimum qualifications required to become a music teacher.

The West Australian Music Teachers’ Association (WAMTA) does require minimal levels of performance and theory of its members, and either a degree in music teaching or evidence of successful teaching and ongoing professional development.

Music Teachers may have degrees in Performance and/or Teaching. Any qualifications listed on a teacher’s profile have been sighted and verified by the WAMTA Council. You can find below what the abbreviated degree names mean.

WAMTA Accredited Teaching Members have higher qualifications than Teaching members, and hold the post nominals “MMTA”. WAMTA used to offer an Accreditation Course which resulted in the awarding of a Diploma of Accreditation on completion, however this is no longer currently available.


Certificate of Music

Tertiary level studies of a shorter duration than a Diploma course.

CertMus(Class)Certificate of Music (Classical), Edith Cowan University

Performance Certificate

A Performance Certificate (or Certificate of Performance) is a qualification between a Grade 8 and Associate Diploma level.


Associate Diplomas

Associate Diplomas are a very high level of performance. Associate Diplomas take 1-3 years to complete, and are generally considered to be equivalent to one to two years of study at degree level.

ALCMAssociate of the London College of Music
AMusAAssociate in Music, Australia (AMEB)
ARCMAssociate of the Royal College of Music, London
ARSMAssociate of the Royal Schools of Music
ATCLAssociate of Trinity College, London

ABRSM has also offered a DipABRSM (Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) between the ARSM and LRSM, which they will be withdrawing.

Licentiate Diplomas

The Licentiate Diploma recognises performance skills well above the requirements for the Associate.

LMusALicentiate in Music, Australia (AMEB)
LRSMLicentiate of the Royal Schools of Music
LTCLLicentiate of Trinity College, London

Fellowship Diplomas

The Fellowship Diploma is the highest level of performance skill, well above the requirements of the Licentiate Diploma.

FRSMFellowship of the Royal Schools of Music

Teaching Diplomas

Teaching Diplomas typically require the equivalent of 1-2 years of full time study at a tertiary level. Graduate Diplomas are completed after a Bachelor Degree.

DipMusTchDiploma of Music Teaching
DipTchDiploma of Teaching
GradDipEdGraduate Diploma of Education
GradDipTchGraduate Diploma of Teaching

Bachelor Degrees

A Bachelor Degree requires 3-4 years of full time study at a recognised tertiary institution. Music is often a major within an Arts degree.

A Bachelor degree with (Hons) denotes an additional Honours year of study.

BA (Music)Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music
BEdBachelor of Education
BMusBachelor of Music
BMusEdBachelor of Music Education

Masters Degrees

A Masters Degree requires an additional 2 years of full time study after the completion of a Bachelor Degree.

MAMaster of Arts
MMusMaster of Music