Bachelor of Music

 

Bachelor of Music


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

 BPMUSICM-05

Bachelor of Music

 BHMUSSTH-01

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course may be full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Streams

(1)
The Bachelor of Music is available in the following streams:
(a)
Composition
(b)
Music Education
(c)
Performance
(2)
The requirements for the completion of each stream are as specified in these resolutions and in the Table of Units of Study for Undergraduate Degrees for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Candidates wishing to enter or exit a stream or transfer between streams should contact the University school.
(3)
Bachelor of Music Candidates in the Bachelor of Music who are not undertaking a stream must complete a program or a major.

4 Cross-faculty management

The Head of School and Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music shall exercise authority in any matter concerned with the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Music (Honours) not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
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 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 Policy 2014.
(2)
In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to complete a music skills or jazz aptitude test. If applying for a stream, fullfil any stream-specific admission requirements; or:
(a)
Present a portfolio of work and attend an interview, or
(b)
Undertake a practical audition in a nominated instrument or voice, or
(c)
Present an example of recent written work and attend an interview
(3)
Admission requirements for specific streams:
(a)
Applicants for the Performance stream must undertake a practical audition in their nominated instrument or voice. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants;
(b)
Applicants for the Composition stream must submit three compositions in different performance media and attend an interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants;
(c)
Applicants for the Music Education stream must either undertake a practical audition (instrument or voice), or submit composition works, or present recent written work, as well as attend an interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in:
(a)
the Table of units of study for Undergraduate Degrees for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
(b)
the Pathway Tables for the Bachelor of Music
(c)
Table S from the Shared Pool of Undergraduate Degrees
(d)
Table O (the Open Learning Environment)
(e)
Unless otherwise indicated in these resolutions the Table of Units of study, the Pathway Tables, Table S and Table O mean the tables specified here.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Music candidates must complete 192 credit points as specified below, and, if completing a stream, satisfy requirements for the stream
(3)
Bachelor of Music Candidates in the Bachelor of Music who are not undertaking a stream must complete a program or a major.
(4)
Requirements for a program
To qualify for the award of the pass degree with a Program, 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)
Digital Music and Media
(iv)
Improvised Music
(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 comprised of:
(i)
a major from Table S; or
(ii)
a minor from Table S and/or
(iii)
up to 12 credit points from Table O; and/or
(iv)
elective units from Table A; and/or
(v)
elective units from Table S.
(5)
Requirements for a major
(a)
A major requires the completion of 48 credit points as set out in the Learning and Teaching Policy 2015 according to one of the following patterns of 6 credit point units:
(i)
2x1000-level units, 2x2000-level units and 4x3000 level units; or
(ii)
2x1000-level units, 3x2000-level units and 3x3000 level units.
(b)
For any individual student’s enrolment a unit of study will only contribute towards one major except where otherwise approved by the faculty/University school's Units of Study contributing towards one major may not contribute toward any other major completed except where otherwise approved by the faculty/University school.
(6)
Requirements for a minor
(a)
A minor requires the completion of 36 credit points as set out in the Learning and Teaching Policy 2015 according to one of the following patterns of 6 credit point units:
(i)
2x1000-level units, 2x2000-level units, and 2x3000-level units; or
(ii)
2x1000-level units, 3x2000-level units and 1x3000-level unit.
(b)
Units of study contributing towards one minor may not contribute toward any other major completed except where otherwise approved by the faculty/University school.
(c)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree with a Major, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points including a minimum of 48 credit points from a designated major in Musicology, comprising;
(i)
48 credit points in Musicology units of study, as set out in the PathwayTable
(ii)
24 credit points in Music Skills units of study
(iii)
24 credit points of Music Analysis, History and Culture Studies units of study
(iv)
24 credit points of Final Year Project units of study
(v)
12 credit points of electives related to the project area of study
(vi)
60 credit points of elective units of study comprised of:
(a)
a major from Table S; or
(b)
a minor from Table S and/or
(c)
up to 12 credit points from Table O; and/or
(d)
elective units from Table A; and/or
(e)
elective units from Table S.
(7)
Requirements for the Performance stream
To qualify for the award of the pass degree in the Performance stream, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points comprising:
(a)
48 credit points of Principal Study units of study
(b)
12 credit points in Music Theory units of study;
(c)
12 credit points of Aural Skills units of study;
(d)
24 credit points of Analysis, History and Culture Studies units of study
(e)
24 credit points of Final Year Project units of study
(f)
12 credit points of related project area units of study;
(g)
60 credit points of elective units of study as set out in the Pathway Tables for specific Principal Study areas, and comprised of;
(i)
A major from Table S; or
(ii)
A minor from Table S and/or
(iii)
up to 12 credit points from Table O; and/or
(iv)
elective units from Table A; and/or
(v)
elective units from Table A; and/or
(vi)
elective units from Table S.
(8)
Principal study areas in the Performance stream
Principal study is available in:
(a)
Historical Performance
(b)
Jazz Performance
(c)
Non-Orchestral Instrumental Performance
(d)
Orchestral Instrumental Performance
(e)
Voice (classical) Performance
(9)
Requirements for the Composition stream
To qualify for the award of the pass degree in the Composition stream, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points comprising:
(a)
36 credit points of Composition Principal Study units of study;
(b)
27 credit points in Music Skills units of study, including 3 credit points of Music Technology;
(c)
24 credit points of Music Analysis, History and Culture Studies units of study;
(d)
3 credit points of Performance units of study;
(e)
36 credit points of Composition discipline units of study as set out in the Pathway Table for this degree;
(f)
24 credit points of Final Year Project units of study;
(g)
12 credit points of electives related to the project area of study;
(h)
30 credit points of elective units of study comprised of:
(i)
a major from Table S; or
(ii)
a minor from Table S and/or
(iii)
up to 12 credit points from Table O; and/or
(iv)
Elective units from Table A; and/or
(v)
elective units from Table S
(10)
Requirements for the Music Education stream
To qualify for the award of the pass degree in the Music Education stream, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points and reach the minimum levels of achievement as set out in the tables (a) – (e).
(a)
Performance
 

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study Area

24

Principal Study 1-4

Music Education

96

Professional Issues in Music Education;

Professional Experience 3;

Technology in Music Education

Performance

6

6cps of Ensemble/Performance

Music Skills

24

Harmony and Analysis 1-4 and Aural Perception 1-4

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

18

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units including Musical Worlds of Today

Electives

24

 

 
(b)
Jazz Studies
 

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study Area

24

Principal Study 1-4

Music Education

96

Professional Issues in Music Education;

Professional Experience 3;

Technology in Music Education

Performance

6

6cps of Ensemble/Performance

Music Skills

24

Jazz Music Skills 1-4

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

18

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units including Musical Worlds of Today

Electives

24

 

 
(c)
Composition
 

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study Area

24

Principal Study 1-4

Music Education

96

Professional Issues in Music Education;

Professional Experience 3;

Technology in Music Education

Composition

15

Instrumentation and Orchestration;

New Music, New Thinking; Composition Through Improvisation 1

Performance

6

6cps of Ensemble/Performance

Music Skills

21

18 cps of music theory and aural skills;*

Sound Recording Fundamentals

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

18

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units including Musical Worlds of Today

Electives 

12

 

A list of music theory and aural skills units can be found under the "Music Skills" section of the handbook.
 
(d)
Musicology
 

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study Area

24

6 credit points of Historical Studies; 6 credit points of Ethnographical Studies; 6 credit points in Analytical Studies; 6 credit points in senior Musicology Studies

Music Education

96

Professional Issues in Music Education;

Professional Experience 3;

Technology in Music Education

Performance

12

12cps of Ensemble/Performance

Music Skills

24

Harmony and Analysis 1-4 and Aural Perception 1-4

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

18

18 credit points from Foundation units including Musical Worlds of Today

Electives including performance

18

 

 
(11)
Principal study areas in the Music Education stream
Principal studies available in the Music Education stream are:
(a)
Composition
(b)
Musicology
(c)
Performance
(d)
Brass
(e)
Historical Performance
(f)
Jazz Studies (instrumental/vocal)
(g)
Keyboard
(h)
Percussion
(i)
Strings
(j)
Voice (classical)
(k)
Woodwind

7 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Honours in the Bachelor of Music without stream
(a)
Honours is available to students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the Honours Coordinator after the completion of 144 credit points of study including MCGY4601 Research Methods.
(b)
Admission normally requires a WAM of at least 75 in 2000-level and 3000-level units.
(c)
To qualify for the honours degree, candidates must complete 192 credit points including 48 credit points of Honours units.
(2)
Honours in the Bachelor of Music (Performance)
(a)
Honours is available to students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the program. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of 144 credit points of study including the prerequisites for Performance Honours A as set out in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Handbook. Candidates for admission require a WAM of at least 75 in second and third year units of study, and a mark of at least 75 in Principal Study 4 and 6.
(b)
To qualify for the honours degree, candidates must complete 192 credit points including 48 credit points of Honours units in Performance.
(3)
Honours in the Bachelor of Music (Composition)
(a)
Honours is available to students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the course. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of 144 credit points of study including the prerequisites for Composition Honours A as set out in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Handbook. Admission requires a WAM of at least 75 in third year units of study, and a mark of at least 75 in Composition 5 and 6.
(b)
To qualify for the honours degree, candidates must complete 192 credit points including 48 credit points of Honours units in Composition.
(4)
Honours in the Bachelor of Music (Music Education)
(a)
The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Coursework Policy 2014 and the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a single result is provided as an aggregated mark based on the Honours units of study the student has completed.
(b)
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, but who have otherwise satisfied the course requirements of Bachelor of Music (Music Education), will be awarded the pass degree.

8 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Music is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours.
(2)
The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Coursework Policy 2014 and the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a single result is provided as an aggregated mark based on the Honours units of study the student has completed.
(3)
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, but who have otherwise satisfied the course requirements of Bachelor of Music will be awarded the pass degree.

9 Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study is available in this course under conditions specified in the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

10 International exchange

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music encourages candidates in this course to participate in international exchange programs as set out in the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

11 Credit for previous study

Credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy 2014 and the Resolutions of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music or, in the case of a major or minor offered by another faculty in Table S any relevant resolutions of that faculty.

12 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2018.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2018 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed as per the relevant resolutions upon their enrolment. The School may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.