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Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Music Education at the Con

Overview

Music educators train the musicians of tomorrow.  Our Music Education students are immersed in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's melting pot of performance, composition and teaching. While preparing to become accredited classroom teachers, our music education students undertake a principal study in performance (jazz or classical), musicology or composition.

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) will develop your teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral and instrumental pedagogy and music technology. Our professionally recognised program (with NSW Department of Education and Training accreditation) will prepare you for a career as a music teacher in both the primary and secondary school environment. You choose a study focus in performance, composition or musicology and specific music education and pedagogical training. In addition to your studies in music teaching methods, music history and analysis, performance and compositional skills, you will attain information and communication technology competencies and develop an understanding of children with special educational needs.

You will complete practical teaching experience in schools and in your fourth year undertake extended professional experience sessions supported by both high school teachers and experienced music education lecturers from the Conservatorium.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music is Australia's premier music institution. Located in the picturesque Governor's Stables next to the Botanical Gardens and minutes from the Sydney Opera House, the Conservatorium offers world-renowned tuition by Australia's leading musical practitioners in a strongly collaborative, challenging and performance-based environment.

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) 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. 

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. The course is structured to allow students to achieve a high standard in their area of specialisation and to undertake other study central to the development of the professional musician.

There are five compulsory core studies in which students must complete a minimum number of credit points: music education (84cp), principal study (24-36cp), studies in analysis, history and culture (24cp), music skills (24cp), and performance (6cp). Students also select other units of study, either from within their specialisation, in another area of musical study at the Conservatorium, or in another faculty of The University of Sydney, subject to approval. A significant component of the course (80-100 days) comprises practical teaching experience in schools.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Music 1 or Music 2, 3 Band 5s, one of which must be English in the NSW Higher School Certificate.

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) Honours is designed to allow students with superior ability and potential to extend their knowledge and skill bases and to develop artistic autonomy in the area of their principal study. Honours students will have demonstrated superior music education skills and the capacity to develop and carry out a specialised research project. Honours provides opportunities for students to: extend their pass degree work and gain excellence in performance or composition and research in a specific area relevant to their own professional and musical interests and needs; develop performance and/or composition, research and writing skills essential to a level suitable for entry qualification for quality postgraduate programs; obtain an extra professional qualification that may assist employment prospects; and work closely with academic staff of the Conservatorium.

Admission requirement

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.

The Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) requires the following prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) program. 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 Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW. Special 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.

Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant 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.

As part of the application process for teacher education degrees, you will need to provide a personal statement via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) by 4.30pm on Friday 15 December. To find out more about this requirement and to upload your statement, you can login to the UAC applicant portal by entering your application number and PIN – these details were emailed to you by UAC when you applied.

To find out more about the personal statement requirements, including the information that will need to be addressed, please visit the UAC Undergraduate page. 

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues. Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) will develop your teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral and instrumental pedagogy and music technology. Our professionally recognised program (with NSW Department of Education and Training accreditation) will prepare you for a career as a music teacher in both the primary and secondary school environment. You choose a study focus in performance, composition or musicology and specific music education and pedagogical training. 

Future study options

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) supports the development of professional musicians through acquisition of an integrated body of knowledge, skills and attitudes. While students are required to specialise in their principal study and to reach levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • composer
  • concert manager
  • concert soloist
  • conductor
  • contemporary musician
  • digital music composer
  • ethnomusicologist
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager
  • film score composer
  • interactive music designer
  • jazz musician
  • music journalist
  • music producer
  • musicologist
  • opera singer
  • orchestra manager
  • piano accompanist
  • private studio teacher
  • school music teacher

Career information for UAC

Examples include primary and secondary classroom teachers, as studio music teachers and in education officer roles with music performance and development bodies.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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