Bachelor of Music


Bachelor of Music

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28th Sep 2016 7:21pm

Program Code


AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Combination of Online and Face to Face


Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2016)

Assumed Knowledge

Music 1 or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass)

Recommended Studies

HSC Music 1 or 2 or equivalent.

Term Type


Contributing Schools

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If you play or learn a musical instrument, compose, produce or create music, or want to research and write about 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, song writer, music producer, 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  Admission information for international students can be found at

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit 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 Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Auditions - An audition is required as part of the application process. All auditions involve an interview where you are able to discuss your musical and academic achievements and present your aspirations for the future. You should also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae listing any musical academic achievements, any industry experiences including paid/unpaid activities and work experience. Depending on your specialisation you will also either perform on an instrument or present a portfolio of material (such as audio recordings, musical scores, music research and writing, etc.) demonstrating your interest and experience in the areas you have chosen. You will also participate in a group workshop - details to be provided after the closure of audition applications. For detailed information on the Audition process please see the Admissions Page:

Assumed Knowledge

Music 1 or demonstrated musical experience or qualification equivalent to Music 1 or AMEB (Grade 6 to 8 pass)

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 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 8 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

In order to qualify for the award, students must successfully complete a total of but not more than 240 units comprising:

  • Core Courses - 140 units
  • Directed Courses - 80 units
  • Electives - 20 units

Program Structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.

Core Courses

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

MUSI1301Professional Practice 1Not currently offered10 units
MUSI1302Professional Practice 2Not currently offered10 units
MUSI1461Collaborative Music Making 1
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1462Collaborative Music Making 2
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1705Digital Proficiency in MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2301Professional Practice 3Not currently offered10 units
MUSI2302Professional Practice 4Not currently offered10 units
MUSI2461Collaborative Music Making 3
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2462Collaborative Music Making 4
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3203Professional ProjectNot currently offered20 units
MUSI3301Professional Practice 5Not currently offered10 units
MUSI3302Professional Practice 6Not currently offered10 units
MUSI3461Collaborative Music Making 5
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 80 units from the following list to fulfil the requirements of this program

Choose 80 units from the following list to fulfil the requirements of this program

MUSI1142Performing Baroque Music
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1181Film Music
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1190World Music
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI1260Introduction to Music TheoryNot currently offered10 units
MUSI1441The Music IndustryNot currently offered10 units
MUSI1442Navigating the Music IndustryNot currently offered10 units
MUSI1443The Musician in SocietyNot currently offered10 units
MUSI1731Sound, Music and TextureNot currently offered10 units
MUSI1732The Rhythms of MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2161Conducting & Music Direction
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2171Romantic Music
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2182Popular Music Performance
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2190Twentieth Century Art MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2701Sound Engineering
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2702Film Music: Soundtrack Creation
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2705Digital Music ProductionNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2706Music Digital EditingNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2731Chords, Harmonies and ProgressionsNot currently offered10 units
MUSI2821Pedagogy 1
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI2822Pedagogy llNot currently offered10 units
MUSI3102Researching Australian Music
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3142Performing Classical MusicNot currently offered10 units
MUSI3181Jazz Performance
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3602Music Research Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
MUSI3731Musical ArrangingNot currently offered10 units

Suggested Electives

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. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

MUSI2631Creative and Analytical Studies in Music 310 units


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

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge.
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas.
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters.
  • The ability to create, produce, research and/or perform music to a professional standard in a variety of contexts.
  • To act independently and/or competently manage small and large scale projects, including a capacity to understand basic business skills and laws pertaining to the music industry.
  • The capacity to converse effectively in a variety of musical contexts using a range of technologies.
  • The ability to demonstrate a critical and scholarly appreciation of music and its many aesthetics from a 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

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 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 for more information.

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