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Bachelor of Music

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Overview

Our new four-year Bachelor of Music degree will interest you if you are seeking a broad musical education. This degree facilitates creative interdisciplinary links within music disciplines as well as with other subject areas throughout the University, enabling you to develop as a musician through the acquisition of an integrated body of knowledge, skills and ways of thinking.

You can choose from the following programs or a Major in Musicology:

  • Contemporary Music Practice Study contemporary music with the best in the business. Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes producing and writing songs, you will have access to a diverse range of music industry practitioners who will help you produce your own exciting and original music. 
  • Creative Music The Creative Music program focuses on developing your composition skills, including notation-based composition, to prepare you for music beyond the concert hall. If you are interested in composing collaboratively with performers, and arranging music for film, television and online, this is the new degree for you. Our composition and music technology staff are some of Australia's most gifted and widely recognised composers, working across instrumental and vocal to electronic and electroacoustic music. 
  • Digital Music and Media The Digital Music and Media program focuses on computer-based and interactive musical creativity. If you love writing music for online games and creating music for new media and technologies, this is the new degree for you. 
  • Improvised Music Our Improvised Music program focuses on research-based improvisation approaches, including but not limited to the jazz tradition. Learn from staff of the most highly regarded improvised music practitioners in Australia. We also offer performance opportunities with three big bands and eleven small ensembles. 
  • Major in Musicology Concentrate on the development of your skills in research, thinking and writing about music, and combine your music studies with other interests. Core units of study are also taken in music skills, analysis, history and culture studies and performance, including a final year project, but the course is structured to allow you the flexibility to pursue study in a combination of musical and non-musical disciplines. 

You may choose units of study taught at another faculty of the University of Sydney or take units of study taught only within the Conservatorium. 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 Conservatorium offers world-renowned tuition by Australia's leading musical practitioners in a strongly collaborative, challenging and performance-based environment.

The Bachelor of Music 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 (Honours).

Majors

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. To qualify for the award, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:

(a) 60 credit points of units of study in either of the following disciplinary areas, as set out in the Pathway Tables:
(i) Contemporary Music Practice
(ii) Creative Music
(iii) Improvised Music
(iv) Digital Music and Media

(b) 24 credit points of Music Skills units of study
(c) 24 credit points of Music Analysis, History and Culture Studies units of study
(d) 24 credit points of Final Year Project units of study
(e) 12 credit points of electives related to the project area of study
(f) 48 credit points of elective units of study

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

As a guide, the minimum level of skills possessed by applicants should be HSC Music 1 or equivalent knowledge, or AMEB Level 6 Musicianship or equivalent.

Admission requirement

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 attend an audition in the proposed instrument or voice or submit a portfolio of work. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

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.
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music are broadly educated musicians able to apply their knowledge, skills and attitudes creatively and flexibly in a variety of music and music-related professions.

  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • composer
  • concert manager
  • contemporary musician
  • digital music composer
  • ethnomusicologist
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager
  • film score composer
  • interactive music designer
  • jazz musician
  • music journalist
  • music producer
  • musicologist
  • orchestra manager
  • piano accompanist
  • private studio teacher
  • school music teacher

Career information for UAC

Arts administrator - Composer - Contemporary musician - Digital music Composer and performer - Event producer - Festival or venue manager - Festival or venue manager - Improvising musician - Interactive music designer - Jazz musician - music journalist - music producer - music researcher - Singer/songwriter - Sound installation designer

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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