Dana Lowrey describes the day she enrolled into her Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice as a 'sliding doors' moment which took her career to the next level.

The Gold Coast local graduated last year from the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice (306JA.1) and has since released two hit singles, won a Queensland Music Award and was a finalist in the Gold Coast Music Awards. 

"I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without my qualification and experience at TAFE Queensland," said Dana. 

“Before studying I was writing and singing songs and handing them over to producers which I was never entirely satisfied with; so I wanted to learn the skills to produce my own music.” 

"I was very determined to take control of the music in every aspect so I would do tutorials on YouTube and some patience and persistence gave me the basic skills to construct a beat — although I was eager to learn more."

Dana said TAFE Queensland not only armed her with skills, but enabled her to connect with like- minded individuals and industry professionals whom she now considers her mentors. 

“I absolutely love that I can now produce my own tracks, I feel TAFE helped me take control of my music career and provided me with the confidence and connections to take it to the next level,” she said. 

"I met so many amazing musicians, teachers and friends that have encouraged, helped, nurtured and inspired this big dream of mine."

TAFE Queensland offers a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice ( 306JA.1) at the Coomera campus where students develop a range of skills and knowledge across music composition, performance and theory. The degree offers a focus on a holistic, creative and entrepreneurial approach to music-making, so it’s ticking a lot of boxes for musicians.

TAFE Queensland also offers a dual Diploma of Music Industry / Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice (CUA50815 / 306JA) with a focus on either performance or sound production. 

TAFE Queensland music students at the Coomera campus have access to state-of-the-art facilities including four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA. Students can practise in a live performance auditorium with a full line array sound system and professional lighting rig.

From chord progressions to recording sessions - Dana's story

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