Study music at the University of Newcastle and showcase your talent through live performances and industry collaboration.

Bachelor of Music

Practical Experience

When you study the Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills through regular performances within the Conservatorium as well as popular venues.

Practical experiences are an integral part of your music degree and contribute to the musical identity of the Hunter region.


We have many active music ensembles involving staff, students and the community. You can be involved in small instrumental and vocal ensembles, bands and orchestras. Ensembles generally rehearse weekly during semester time and often give concerts in the Conservatorium Concert Hall as well as at local, national and international venues.


As well as offering a wide variety of performance experiences within the Bachelor of Music degree, students have the opportunity to work and perform in the community and throughout the region. This includes performances in opera, jazz and popular venues, community events or the numerous concerts held in Newcastle and greater Hunter region.

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Students studying music will be based primarily at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in the University's City Precinct. Located right next to Civic Park in the heart of the Newcastle CBD, this location puts students in the midst of the town's cultural centre.


The Conservatorium is within easy walking distance of key local features such as the Newcastle Town Hall, Library, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Street Mall and Market Town shopping centre. Most importantly, you will be within easy access of live music venues - from Darby Street, the Civic Theatre, the Honeysuckle foreshore and numerous surrounding galleries and other live venues.

Music students also enjoy access to the City Precinct library which houses a specialist collection focusing on classical European and Australian contemporary music as well as musical scores and collections in music therapy and ethnomusicology.


The Harold Lobb Concert Hall is a premier facility, which is in constant demand for concerts by local, interstate and international artists as it is regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia . This 400 seat concert hall is also available for University staff and students, as well as members of the public to hire for private functions. Additionally, our creative production, recording and computer labs are available for all types of classes.

As well as providing lessons in classical music performance, we open our doors to all styles of music. You can often hear rock, jazz, pop, folk and electronic sounds emanating from our buildings.

CREATIVE Music Production Suite

Our Creative Music Production facility at the University's City Precinct campus is a nucleus for musical technological creativity that attracts students globally.

Improvisation and music production skills are crucial for today's musicians, and all students have the opportunity to develop skills in this area using state of the art music technology facilities, including:

PRODUCTION STUDIOSAudio production, recording, songwriting, film scoring and gaming
 Control room, recording rooms, editing booths and 20 individual workstations equipped with Apple iMac computers, Yamaha audio interfaces and Novation keyboard controllers.

Over 30 digital recording systems including:
- An analog recording studio
- Four mobile recording studios for onsite recording of music performances

  • Customised video conferencing facility allowing students to obtain lessons with music professionals from anywhere in the world
  • Various learning spaces including a seminar room and three rooms equiped with surround sound and a mastering suite
  • An extensive collection of software to accommodate audio production, music notation, music theory, video and visualizations.
  • Integrated ethernet audio network (using IPv6) providing high quality low latency recording from any room in the Conservatorium and from anywhere in the world.
  • Digital ensembles such as creating and performing with MIDI controlled devices or a laptop orchestra are also on offer.

Our cutting-edge recording studios are networkable to our performance and studio spaces including the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic venues in Australia.

UON's Newcastle City Precinct

THE NEWCASTLE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC is within walking distance of most areas of Newcastle or can be reached via multiple bus routes and other public transport options. NEWCASTLE CITY PRECINCT

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