Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is Australia’s premier music institution. Located in the picturesque Governor’s Stables next to the Botanical Gardens and minutes from the Sydney Opera House, the SCM offers world-renowned tuition by Australia’s leading musical practitioners in a strongly collaborative, challenging and performance-based environment.

In the Bachelor of Music (Musicology) you will concentrate on the development of your skills in researching, thinking and writing about music.

As a musicology specialist you will enrol in the musicology workshop and participate in a forum where students discuss their musicological research. You will undertake units of study tailored to your interests chosen from a range of offerings including the history and analysis of music and the palaeography of music, and also complete core studies in music skills, analysis, history and culture, pedagogy and performance, to provide a framework for your musical research. Your way of thinking and writing about music will be challenged and developed.

Course outline


Study plan


The Bachelor of Music (Musicology) may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. The course is structured to allow students to achieve a high standard in their area of specialisation and to undertake other study central to the development of the professional musician.

There are five compulsory core studies in which students must complete a minimum number of credit points: principal study and musicology workshop (66cp), studies in analysis, history and culture (48cp), music skills (24cp), performance (18cp), and teaching music (3cp). Students also select other units of study, either from within their specialisation, in another area of musical study at the Conservatorium, or in another faculty of The University of Sydney, subject to approval.

Majors

What is a major?

A major in the Bachelor of Music (Musicology) is defined as a principal study. Students undertake a principal study in musicology over eight semesters. In addition, students complete core studies of a minimum of 111 credit points in musicology workshop, music skills, studies in analysis, history and culture, performance and pedagogy.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the units of study offered by the Conservatorium or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Conservatorium).

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues. Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Music supports the development of professional musicians through acquisition of an integrated body of knowledge, skills and attitudes. While students are required to specialise in their principal study and to reach levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

Course accreditation

A key focus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is its partnership programs with Australia's major music organisations, such as Opera Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Opera Australia: Opera Encounters allows selected students to work with principal artists and directors from Opera Australia and to benefit not only from the extensive knowledge which these professionals are able to share, but also to develop important contacts with key artists and administrators.

In recent years, some of the Sydney Conservatorium's major opera productions have been developed as part of this program. An innovative new alliance has been forged, allowing for not only our Opera students to be coached, but to allow for outstanding students (vocal, instrumental and conductors) to perform in Opera Australia productions. Sydney Symphony Orchestra: A project jointly developed by the Conservatorium and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. Students audition to join members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a series of performances and regional tours. The success of this partnership can be measured through the level of success of Conservatorium students in securing casual and permanent employment in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other professional orchestras.

Further study

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students, many of whom enjoy exceptional careers worldwide as both performers and scholars in the finest musical company. The Conservatorium places a high emphasis on its research activity and is recognised as a gathering place for experiencing music performance, scholarship and culture by individuals who push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, cognition and expression. The faculty offers the opportunity to pursue research degrees at either Masters, PhD or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) levels in the following areas of Composition, Music Education, Applied Research, Musicology and Performance.

About honours

The Bachelor of Music (Musicology) with Honours comprises a widely recognised and highly regarded study program offering a unique opportunity for students to explore their research potential with an independent project supervised by one or more internationally recognised musicians. Completing a music degree with honours opens the door to many employment and research opportunities. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Music (Musicology) (Honours).

Other study options

Since 1974 the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has opened it's doors to the community through programs, courses and workshops for school students, musicians, music teachers and to all those who are interested in learning more about music. Courses are held in the outstanding facilities of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Macquarie Street in Sydney and are designed to inspire and challenge.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to complete a music skills test, present an example of recent written work, and attend an interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

More information about the interview process is available here.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Further requirements

To gain entry to all courses, including the Diplomas and the combined BMusStudies/BA, BMusStudies/MBBS applicants will need to:
1. Gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
2. Undertake a practical audition or submission, as well as an interview for some specialisations.
3. Undertake a written Music Skills test or Jazz Aptitude test.
Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of equivalent secondary school level qualifications (including overseas qualifications); or on the basis of having successfully undertaken other tertiary studies; or in a special admission category such as mature age entry.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply (i) directly to the University via the ‘APPLY NOW’ link on this page, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). OR (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.



Applicants studying an International Baccalaureate in Australia may apply either directly to the University's International Office by clicking the ‘APPLY NOW’ button on the right hand side of the screen; OR through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For general information about how to apply as an international student, please see the International Undergraduate page.
For more information on the application process for this course, please click here.

Further admission requirements

You should submit an example of your recent written work. Musicology staff will then invite you to an interview to discuss your interest in musicology and your commitment to musical research. On the basis of the written work and the interview, the Conservatorium will assess your potential to undertake musical research at a basic professional level.

The proposal should be posted or hand-delivered to the Conservatorium’s Student Administration Office, together with your application number or a printed version of your on-line application from.

Postal Address:
Student Administration Office

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Building C41, The University of Sydney

Sydney NSW 2006

Australia

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.