Music

About the major

The Music major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a distinguished record of music scholarship, composition and teaching, producing many of Australia’s leading music professionals. Its aim is to enrich Australia through a unique multi-cultural music education, broadly based in studies of society, culture and performance.

The curriculum for the major in Music allows students to study Composition, Musicology, Popular Music, Music and Media, and Performance in ways that are broadly integrated with one another across the curriculum as well as within individual units of study. A wide range of units of study are offered which are designed for both intending professional musicians, students with broad interests in the study of music in culture, and students who will pursue other careers. This means that students can pursue projects in which their music practice can be integrated with the study of history or media or any other Arts Major. The major offers a variety of pathways to a vast array of rewarding careers such as composing, arranging, and performing music for theatre, concert, film, and media, writing about music as a journalist, commentator, critic, or media professional, or arts administration, including curating, marketing, festival and venue management.

Requirements for completion

The Music major and minor requirements are listed in the Music unit of study table.

First year

You will gain and develop foundation skills in one or more pathway, including Music and Media, Contemporary Music, Music History and Musicology, and Performance and Composition.

You will be able to engage with your choice of a broad range of intra-disciplinary musical practices including the study of music history, analytical and interpretive writing and research, as well as writing and performing music. This will prepare you to focus your studies in your 2nd and 3rd years in the areas of your primary interests.

Second year

You will begin to take more specialised subjects, many of which have a strong orientation towards interdisciplinary learning and others which have a strong orientation towards practice-based learning.

You will use the skills and knowledge in music history, analysis, and research you have developed and apply these to more specific types of music and musical understanding.

You will expand the range of music you will study to include a wide range of musical traditions from around the world, including popular music, European classical music, avant garde music, jazz, and Latin American music.

You will increasingly study across the curriculum to develop the ability to use a wide range of skills in such areas as musicological research, analysis, performance, and composition.

Third year

The goal of your third year of study is to expand your study of music and engage in interdisciplinary and project-based study. This will allow you to focus your studies on specific, semester-long projects in which you use the full range of skills and abilities you have gained and apply them to complex, large-scale, research-based projects.

Honours

Honours admission requirements
If you commenced your degree prior to 2018: Admission to Honours requires completion of 48 credit points of Music units with an average of 75 percent or above. Admission to the Honours program is by permission of the Honours Coordinator.

If you commenced your degree in 2018 or later:
- Admission to Honours is via the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and requires the completion of 48 credit points of Music units with an average of 75 percent or above.
- Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Music honours units of study page.

Contacts and further information

Program Leader: Associate Professor Charles Fairchild
Honours Coordinator: Associate Professor James Wierzbicki

Website: http://sydney.edu.au/music/study-music/study-options/arts-music.html

Example pathways

Music History and Musicology

1st Year:

Music in Western Culture

 Fundamentals 1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Philosophy of Music

Music and Politics

 

 

3rd Year:

Noise/Sound/Music

Understanding Music

Musicology

Industry and Community Projects

4th Year:

Musicology Project

 

 

 

Composition and Performance

1st Year

Music in Western Culture

Fundamentals  1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year

Music Performance

Introduction to Digital Music Techniques

 

 

3rd Year

Ensembles Performance

Advanced Digital Music Techniques

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Project

4th Year

Composition/Performance Project

 

 

 

Contemporary Music Practice

1st Year:

Sounds, Screens, Speakers

Fundamentals 1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Popular Music

Introduction to Digital Music Techniques

 

 

3rd Year:

Contemporary Music Making

Noise/Sound/Music

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Projects

4th Year:

Contemporary Music Project

 

 

 

Music and Media

1st Year:

Sounds, Screens, Speakers

Fundamentals  1, 2, or Extended Fundamentals of Music

 

 

2nd Year:

Popular Music

A Global Sound

 

 

3rd Year:

Popular Music and the Moving Image

Music Journalism

Understanding Music

Industry and Community Project

4th Year:

Popular Music and Media Project