Bachelor of Music

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Faculty of Education and Arts

Program Code

10646

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 480730 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

Please note that students will also be required to audition. The audition form is available from further information link.

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 may be eligible.


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Applicants are required to undertake a one hour aural comprehension, listening and theory test. Some parts of the listening and theory test are designed to ascertain musical knowledge and ability. Some parts test basic skills in notation and music theory such as scales and chord recognition. Other parts of the test will be focussed on listening, identifying patterns, textures and differentiating between different approaches to recordings.

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/drama-fine-art-music-conservatorium/students/future.html


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Additional Selection Criteria:

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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’.


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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.


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Students regularly perform and participate in activities within and external to the Conservatorium. They are an integral part of the musical identity of the Hunter region.


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Many of our graduates have gone on to have international careers or successful careers nationally and locally.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


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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.

It is the student's responsibility to enrol in their courses in a sequence which allows the successful completion of their award within the minimum timeframe.


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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.

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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MUSI1201Principal Study 1Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1202Principal Study 2Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1461Collaborative Music Making 1Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI1462Collaborative Music Making 2Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI1631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 1Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI1632Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 2Not currently offered10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MUSI2201Principal Study 3Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2202Principal Study 4Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2461Collaborative Music Making 3Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2462Collaborative Music Making 4Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 3Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2632Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 4Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MUSI3201Principal Study 5Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3202Principal Study 6Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3461Collaborative Music Making 5Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI3631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 5Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
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Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 60 units from the following Directed Courses.
MUSI1142Performing Baroque MusicSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI1160Keyboard & Music ProficiencySemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI1190World MusicSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1221Principal Study Double Major 1

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1222Principal Study Double Major 2

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2102Researching Australian MusicSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2161Conducting & Music DirectionNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2171Romantic MusicSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2182Popular Music PerformanceSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2190Twentieth Centrury Art MusicSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MUSI2221Principal Study Double Major 3

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2222Principal Study Double Major 4

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2701Sound EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2702Film Soundtrack CreationSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2705Digital Music ProductionNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2706Music Digital EditingNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2821Pedagogy ISemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI2822Pedagogy IINot currently offered10 units
MUSI3142Performing Classical MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI3152Ensemble ProjectSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI3181Jazz Performance

Prerequisite - Students must successfully complete MUSI2182 Popular Music Performance prior to enrolling in MUSI3181 Jazz Performance.

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
MUSI3221Principal Study Double Major 5

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3222Principal Study Double Major 6

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

Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)
Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)
10 units