Secondary teaching – music

In NSW and other Australian states music teachers generally qualify to teach music exclusively, but in some cases, at some institutions, may choose to qualify to teach music and another subject.

Prospective music teachers seeking to undertake their qualifying course as an undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney must qualify to teach music exclusively and may only do so by undertaking the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Recommended studies for HSC students

The undergraduate degree-pathway for high-school graduates contemplating a career in teaching music requires four-years' study and results in the award of a Bachelor of Music (Music Education).

No HSC prerequisites exist for this program but Year 10 students who are hoping to gain admission – and who are about to choose their HSC subjects – would benefit from studying music for their HSC. The general entry standard for school leavers into undergraduate initial teacher-education degrees is three HSC Band 5 results including one in English. Other applicants may be admitted through an approved comparable measure or alternative pathway as approved by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). 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.

Applicants are required 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.