Bayley, who attends Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, said having the qualification has given her vital industry knowledge and a competitive advantage.
“I’ve been singing for the past 10 years and playing guitar for six, so to be able to gain a nationally-recognised qualification and connect with industry professionals was just the edge and confidence I needed to move forward in my career,” said Bayley.
“Once I finish high school at the end of this year, my goal is to continue studying music or sound production at the TAFE Queensland Coomera Creative campus to get a more in-depth understanding of the audio and production side of things.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed studying at the Coomera campus as the facilities are amazing, the teachers are passionate and there is a nice vibe on campus among the students.”
The Tugan based singer has already released her own music and acquired song writing recognitions and wants to hone in on these attributes through further vocational education and training to push her musical boundaries.
“The practical training at TAFE Queensland was great and it gave me an opportunity to try some other instruments and collaborate with some really talented musicians,” she said.
“As a working musician, gaining these real-life skills through TAFE Queensland has helped me grow as a musician and songwriter and has enabled me to gain more work in the industry.”
Upon completing her course, Bayley was selected to be part of the Gold Coast’s exclusive Business of Music program, which is a project-based group mentoring program designed to teach the crucial skills involved in running a successful music business.
“The teachers at TAFE Queensland are so well connected to industry and through them I was able to be part of the local Business of Music Program offered by the City of the Gold Coast, which has helped me develop strategic plans for future music releases.”
Bayley said not only were the TAFE teachers valuable to her experience, but she also learnt a lot from the other students who shared her interests and passion for music.
For Year 11 and 12 students who want to get a head start in their chosen career, Bayley can’t recommend the TAFE at School program enough.
“It's a great way to trial a career to see if it's something you really want to do before investing money and time into a university degree,” she said.
“Being able to study your chosen career outside the school environment with teachers who are industry professionals is such a fantastic stepping stone and will open the doors to more opportunities.”