Studying music at the University of Newcastle gives you access to world-class facilities gaining inspiration from internationally acclaimed musicians.

Bachelor of Music

Why study with us?

STUDY MUSIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

If you've been performing or creating music, then studying a music degree at the University of Newcastle (UON) is an excellent way to continue your training.

HANDS-ON MUSIC TRAINING

Expand your talents and fast-track your career through hands-on education at the University of Newcastle's City Precinct. Enjoy unique opportunities to showcase your talents, learning from and working with celebrated industry practitioners.

The Bachelor of Music at UON will prepare you for careers as professional musicians, composers, producers and professionals in related fields.


CUTTING-EDGE FACILITIES

Improvisation and creativity working with technology are important musicianship skills that you will gain with a UON Music degree from UON. You will undertake all your classes at the University of Newcastle's City Precinct campus, enjoying industry level facilities, technologies and resources.

STUDY AT THE NEWCASTLE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC

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.

CENTRAL CBD LOCATION

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.

HAROLD LOBB CONCERT HALL

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:

CREATIVE PRODUCTION LAB
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.
STATE-OF-THE-ART RECORDING STUDIOS

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

OTHER FACILITIES and FEATURES
  • 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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LEARN FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS

Music staff at UON have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. You will learn from world-class creative artists, researchers, performers - and sometimes, a combination of the three. LEARN MORE

COLLABORATE WITH WORLD-CLASS MUSIC PROFESSIONALS

Learn the secrets of the trade, gain exposure and establish contacts within the industry.

  • Develop from collaborative real-world opportunities to showcase your talents
  • Benefit from UON's strong community, alumni and industry networks
  • Enjoy the privilege of attending concerts by a range of world-class musicians

Internationally acclaimed musicians regularly visit the Conservatorium to collaborate with our wide music community.

What you will study