The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019

$33,255 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40045
CRICOS code: 002546E

Study music

Explore your full potential and fast track your music career through hands-on study at the acoustically renowned Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Music professionals write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions. If you've been performing or creating music, then studying a music degree at UON is an excellent way to continue your training and learn professional skills in music performance.

Learn about music theory and practice from world-class, practicing musicians and choose your specialist focus from six diverse areas of study. Our Bachelor of Music graduates are professional musicians, composers, producers, teachers and professionals in related fields.

Why study with us?

  • Very strong employment growth with 50% increase in the last five years.
  • Hands-on training in dedicated creative spaces. Use advanced music technologies within our City Precinct’s cutting-edge facilities.
  • Real-world opportunities to showcase your music skills. Collaborate with industry, attend world-class concerts and build strong networks to help launch your music creation or performance career.
  • Learn from and work with the best: celebrated musicians, music professionals, researchers and industry leaders.
  • Audition online anytime, anywhere. We welcome online auditions throughout the year.

50% employment growth ? over the past five years
#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction

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What you will study

Choose your specialist focus and enrol in courses from six diverse areas of study:

  • Performance (Instrumental/Voice)
  • Composition
  • Creative Production
  • Song Writing
  • Music Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Music Research and Communication

The UON music degree fosters collaboration between performance, composition and creative production students. You will benefit from studying courses in:

  • individual and/or group tuition in your principal instrument
  • hands-on classes in essential core academic curricula
  • a variety of elective options
  • opportunities to showcase your work in a variety of venues and presentation styles

Final examinations can include a public recital or presentation.

For more information about this degree and our music courses, please refer to the Bachelor of Music program handbook.

Advanced study options

You could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree. An Honours degree provides graduates with a distinct advantage in a competitive workplace.  The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is also a pre-requisite for Masters and PhD study and it is a recognised enhancement of the Bachelor of Music in teaching and other professional situations.

The Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree is a one year full-time study degree involving completion of 80 units of music courses. The Honours degree is available in various music specialisations as approved by the program convenor. These include (but are not limited to):

  • performance
  • composition
  • music production
  • musicology

Any area you may choose will give you the opportunity to broaden your practical experience and develop research skills, plus the ability to articulate the research component in a practice-based research design. The scope for topics is very wide and embraces all styles of music. All specialisations are required to have a research focus.

The variety of creative and research work undertaken by our Honours students results in a diverse group with opportunity for rewarding interactions and collaboration. Access to staff expertise in a range of music specialisations and the chance to develop projects of your choice, make the Honours year an important stage in musical maturation and professional preparation.

Music (Honours) program handbook


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

Studying the Bachelor of Music at UON prepares you for a career as a professional musician, composer, songwriter, music producer, or a careers in a related field. In fact, most music professionals have done a Bachelor degree1.

The list below gives you an idea of some typical positions after completing this degree.

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Music. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Conductor
  • Critic
  • Festival/Events Co_ordinator
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Musical Arranger
  • Production Crew Member
  • Production Director / Manager (Artistic)
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Sound Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • Voice or Vocal Coach

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Music.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Actor
  • Arts Manager
  • Audiovisual Technician
  • Casting Director
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Museum/Art Gallery Curator
  • Planning Officer
  • Poet
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Technical Sales Representative

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Practical experience

Practical experience

When you study the Bachelor of Music at UON, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills through regular performances within the Conservatorium as well as other popular venues. Practical experiences are an integral part of your music degree and and as such we provide access to industry level facilities and resources.

Music ensembles

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 and often give concerts in the Conservatorium Concert Hall as well as at local, national and international venues.

Community performances

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.