The Music major provides opportunities to interpret the role and importance of music as it appears in a wide variety of forms, practices and social situations. Units of study within the Music major give you the tools to engage in the interpretation, analysis, performance and writing of popular music, music for film and television and digital media, classical music and various forms of music from around the world.

In your first year, you start with an introduction to music skills and literacy as well as broad historical overviews of various traditions of musical practice. Then, in your second and third years you focus on the use and experience of music in various time periods and places. You will also study the practices and techniques used to create and perform music. You will engage with music through critical listening, group discussions, research and analysis, and the direct experience of music-making situations.

Studying music offers knowledge and skills for a variety of careers including writing music for the concert hall or theatre and film and other media as well; performing as an ensemble player, accompanist or soloist; writing about music as a journalist or critic; working in the recording or media industry; teaching music in schools; studio teaching; and arts administration, cultural planning and festival and venue management.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in Music consists of a 15,000 - 20,000 word thesis (40%); Dissertation Seminar (20%); Performance, Composition or Musicology Special (20%); and a further 12 credit points in Arts or Music (20%).

Related subject areas

Anthropology, Performance Studies

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