Bachelor of Music

The four-year Bachelor of Music degree allows students to become broadly educated musicians, learning a range of skills in various music and arts-related contexts and professions. 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.

Students choose from the following Programs or take 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 who are some 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.

Honours Requirements

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).

Core Requirements

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Music, a candidate must complete 192 credit points as specified in the Pathway Tables for a program or a major.

Minor Options in the Bachelor of Music

A minor requires the completion of 36 credit points as set out in the Learning and Teaching policy according to one of the following patterns of 6 credit point units:

(a) 2x1000-level units, 2x2000-level units, and 2x3000-level units; or
(b) 2x1000-level units, 3x2000-level units and 1x3000-level unit.

Units of study contributing towards one minor may not contribute toward any other major completed except where otherwise approved by the faculty.

Creative Music Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

CMPN1331 Concepts of Music Through Composition 1

CMPN1332 Concepts of Music Through Composition 2

2000

12

MUSC2614 Composition Workshop

CMPN2510 Scoring & Arranging for the Screen or CMPN2320 Music Notation & Publishing

3000

12

12cp in 3000 level Composition Electives

Digital Music and Media Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

CMPN1220 Foundations of Digital Music

CMPN1631 Electroacoustic Music or CMPN1632 Computer Music Fundamentals

2000

12

MUSC2653 Introduction to Digital Music Techniques or CMPN2007 Sound Recording Advanced

CMPN2633 Computer Music Advanced

3000

12

12 cps from the following units:

CMPN3635 Writing Music for the Moving Image;

MUSC3603 Advanced Digital Music Techniques;

CMPN3634 Interactive Media and Sound Installations

Ethnomusicology Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

MCGY1030 Musical Worlds of Today;

Plus 6 credit points from the following units:

MUED1007 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music,

MUED1004 Non-Western Music,

MUSC1300 Popular Music Ensemble

2000

12

12 credit points from the following units:

MUSC2672 Australian Popular Music,

MUSC2637 Words and Music: song across cultures,

MUSC2666 A Global Sound: African American Music,

PERF2604 Chinese Music Ensemble 1,

PERF2605 Chinese Music Ensemble 2

3000

12

12 credit points from the following units:

MCGY3602 Understanding East Asian Music,

PERF3606 Chinese Music Ensemble 3 or PERF3607 Chinese Music Ensemble 4,

MUSC3610 Musical Traditions and Globalisation

MUSC3640 Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America,

MCGY3631 African American Music Inquiry

MUSC3601 Contemporary Music Making,

MUSC3629 Music in Everyday Life,

MCGY5601 Music Through Ethnography,

JAZZ3301 Rhythm Awareness/Analysis,

MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing

Indigenous Music Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

MCGY1030 Musical Worlds of Today

MUED1007 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music

MUED1010 Key Issues In Music Education

2000

12

MUSC2672 That Certain Beat: Popular Music in Australia

MUSC2637 Words and Music: song across cultures

3000

12

MUSC3610 Musical Traditions and Globalisation; plus

one of the following units:

KOCR3602 Race, Racism and Indigenous Australia,

KOCR3607 Re-awakening Australian Languages,

KOCR3605 Writing Country: Indigenous Ecopoetics

Performance and Ensembles Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

12cp of 1000 level performance or ensembles units

2000

12

6cp of 2000 level performance or ensembles units

MUSC2601 Perception of Music Performance

3000

12

12cp of 3000 level performance or ensembles units

Performance Science Minor

Level

Credit points

Required Units of Study

1000

12

MUED1009 Psychology of Learning and Instruction

MUED1008 Fundamentals of Teaching

MUSC1604 Health and Well-Being

2000

12

MUSC2645 Psychology of Music

MUSC2601 Perception of Music Performance

3000

12

MCGY5603 Music as Social Science

6cp of 3000 level Performance or Ensembles units of study