Bachelor of Music Studies

 

Bachelor of Music Studies


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 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

QH020

Bachelor of Music Studies

QH030

Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is normally full time. Part time study may be permitted upon successful application.

3 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 Rule.
(2)
In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to complete a music skills test or jazz aptitude test and:
(a)
Principal Study in Composition, to submit at least three compositions in different performance media which should represent their present level of achievement as composers and to attend an interview;
(b)
Principal Study in Musicology, to present an example of recent written work and to attend an interview;
(c)
Principal Study in Performance, to undertake a practical audition in their nominated instrument or in voice.
(3)
The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of units of study for Undergraduate Degrees.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 144 credit points and reach the minimum levels of achievement as set out in the tables below:
(a)
Composition

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study

36

Principal Study 1-6

Composition

36

Instrumentation & Orchestration;

New Music, New Thinking;

Electroacoustic Music 1 & 2;

Composer Performer Workshop 1;

plus a further 9 cps in Composition

Performance

6

6 cps in Ensemble or Composition Through Improvisation

Music Skills

24

18 cps in Harmony & Analysis & Aural Perception;

Creative Music Technology; Sound Recording Fundamentals

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

30

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units;

Comp Techniques: Number & Process; Comp Techniques: Tonality & Process

Electives

 

12

 

 

(b)
Musicology

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study

36

Principal Study 1-6

Musicology

12

Musicology Workshop 1-4

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

42

At least 24 credit points from Foundation units

Music Skills

24

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

Performance

12

 

Teaching Music

3

Can be taken in studio pedagogy or music education units of study

Electives

15

 
(c)
Instrumental

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study

36

Principal Study 1-6

Performance

12

 

Music Skills

24

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

Jazz Music Skills 1-4

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

30

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units

Teaching Music

3

Can be taken in studio pedagogy or music education units of study

Electives

39

 

 

(d)
Voice

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study

36

Principal Study 1-6

Performance

30

Vocal Performance Class 1-4; and

18 credit points of Diction units

Music Skills

24

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

Analysis, History and Culture Studies

30

At least 12 credit points from Foundation units

Teaching Music

3

Can be taken in studio pedagogy or music education units of study

Electives

21

 

 

(e)
Jazz Vocal

Area of Study

Credit Points

Minimum level of achievement

Principal Study

36

Jazz Vocal 1-6

Performance

18

Jazz Small Ensemble 1-6

Music Skills

24

Jazz Music Skills 1-4

Analysis, history & culture studies

24

Jazz History 1-4; Jazz Analysis: An Introduction or AHCS Equivalent; Music Business Skills

Teaching Music

3

Jazz Pedagogy

Electives

39

Jazz Piano 1-4 is highly recommended

 

5 Principal Studies

(1)
The Principal Studies available are:
(a)
Composition
(b)
Musicology
(c)
Performance
(d)
Brass
(e)
Historical Performance
(f)
Jazz Vocal Studies
(g)
Keyboard
(h)
Percussion
(i)
Strings
(j)
Voice (classical)
(k)
Woodwind

6 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Honours is available to students who complete an additional year of full-time study, after the completion of the pass degree.
(2)
To qualify for admission to the honours year a student should:
(a)
have completed the requirements of the pass degree of the Bachelor of Music Studies, or an equivalent degree from a recognised institution; and
(b)
have achieved a credit average in second and third year units of study and a distinction average in second and third year Principal Study or equivalent units; and
(c)
have the permission of the relevant Chair and/or Honours Coordinator.
(3)
In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to submit an Honours project proposal and successfully complete an audition and/or interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must complete 48 credit points of Honours units of study.

7 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Music Studies 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 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.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.