Bachelor of Music

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Bachelor of Music

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24th May 2015 7:25pm

Program Code

10646

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

Assumed Knowledge

Grade 6-8 AMEB or equivalent, or portfolio (composition, creative production, music in the creative industries)

Recommended Studies

HSC Music 1 or 2 or equivalent

Term Type

Semesters

Contributing Schools

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

If you have been studying or learning a musical instrument, composing, producing or creating music, then studying music at university level is an excellent way to continue your studies and prepare you for a career as a professional musician, composer, music maker or in a music related field.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Auditions - An audition is required as part of the application process. Applicants are required to submit an Audition Form. Auditions are held in June, September and December each year. All performance applicants are required to perform a minimum of three pieces demonstrating contrasting styles and genres. The choice of styles can include contemporary, classical, early music, jazz, world music, other styles, original compositions or an improvisation. A demonstration expertise across any of the styles performed is expected by the audition panel. Domestic Audition Application Form http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/181820/B-Music-Audition-Application-Form-Domestic-2015.pdf International Audition Application http://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/146928/Audition-Application-Form-Domestic-2015.pdf

Assumed Knowledge

Grade 6-8 AMEB or equivalent, or portfolio (composition, creative production, music in the creative industries)


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 9 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Music program is offered as a 3 year full-time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 240 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for six semesters. Students are required to successfully complete:

  • Core Courses - 160 units
  • Directed Courses - 60 units
  • Electives - 20 units

Double Major

Students may choose to take their 60 units of directed courses as a Double Major.  To complete this students are required to successfully complete MUSI1221, MUSI1222, MUSI2221, MUSI2222, MUSI3221 and MUSI3222 from the list of directed courses. An audition or portfolio is required before enrolling in Double Major.


Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music before 2010 will undertake the following transition arrangements:

  • Students who have successfully completed MUSI1700 and/or MUSI2102 will count them as Directed Courses or Electives.
  • The "Ensemble Studies" series of courses has been directly replaced by "Collaborative Music Making" series.  i.e. Ensemble Studies 1 is replaced by Collaborative Music Making 1, etc.  Students will continue the sequence in Collaborative Music Making and any student who fails an Ensemble Studies course will need to repeat the equivalent Collaborative Music Making course.
  • Any students completing Principle Studies Double Performance will be able to complete their program. Please consult your Program Officer for details.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

MUSI1201Principal Study 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1202Principal Study 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1461Collaborative Music Making 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1462Collaborative Music Making 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1632Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2201Principal Study 3
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2202Principal Study 4
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2461Collaborative Music Making 3
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2462Collaborative Music Making 4
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 3
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2632Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 4Not currently offered10 units
MUSI3201Principal Study 5
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3202Principal Study 6
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3461Collaborative Music Making 5
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 5
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose either 60 units of Directed Courses; or 60 units of Double Major courses. An audition or portfolio is required before enrolling in Double Major courses.

Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses if not taking a Double Major.

MUSI1142Performing Baroque Music
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1160Keyboard and Music Proficiency
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1190World Music
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2161Conducting & Music Direction
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2171Romantic Music
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2182Popular Music Performance
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2190Twentieth Century Art MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2701Sound Engineering
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2702Film Music: Soundtrack CreationNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2705Digital Music Production
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2706Music Digital Editing
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2821Pedagogy 1Not currently offered10 units
MUSI2822Pedagogy ll
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
AART3500Directed Study
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MUSI3102Researching Australian Music
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MUSI3142Performing Classical Music
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3152Ensemble Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3181Jazz Performance
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
Directed Courses

Double Major courses. An audition or portfolio is required before enrolment in Double Major courses.

MUSI1221Principal Study Double Major 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1222Principal Study Double Major 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2221Principal Study Double Major 3
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2222Principal Study Double Major 4
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3221Principal Study Double Major 5
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3222Principal Study Double Major 6
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Honours

Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Music degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply for a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to create, produce and/or perform music to a professional standard in a variety of contexts
  • The ability to work collaboratively as required by the wider music industry
  • To act independently and/or competently manage small and large scale projects
  • The ability to problem-solve and have critical insights within the relevant musical situation
  • The capacity to converse effectively in a variety of musical contexts using a range of communication strategies and technologies
  • The ability to demonstrate a critical and scholarly appreciation of music and its many aesthetics from an historical and socio-cultural perspective
  • The ability to act as an advocate for music communities and professional bodies

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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