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Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Music Education at the Con

Overview

ATAR: 70 (including HSC band requirements, see admission criteria below) + audition                                                                                                                    ATAR equivalent: 70 + audition                                                                                    IB: 25 + audition

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.

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.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) will develop your teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral and instrumental pedagogy and music technology.

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.
 

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Applying for admission

  1. Click apply on the right hand side of this page to make a UAC application
  2. Complete the teaching questionnaire as part of your UAC application.  For more information, visit the UAC website
  3. Register an audition for performance, or submit a portfolio and schedule an interview for Composition or Musicology

Applicants without an ATAR from the NSW Higher School Certificate may be granted admission on the basis of:

  • A recognised secondary school level qualification (including overseas qualifications)
  • or having successfully undertaken tertiary studies in music at or above Diploma level to the equivalent of at least one year of study
  • or in a special admission category such as mature age entry


Prospective domestic students
follow the above steps to make a UAC application and register an audition or interview.

Current students applying to transfer from the Diploma of Music to a bachelor must apply through UAC - follow steps 1-3 above.

Current students applying to transfer from a bachelor degree to another, you must still register an audition or interview and apply to change courses in Sydney Student. Please visit the website for instructions.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Principal Study 1
Aural Perception 1
Harmony and Analysis 1
Musical in Modern Times
Ensemble/Performance
Key Ideas in Music Education
  2 Principal Study 2
Aural Perception 2
Harmony and Analysis 2
Musical Worlds of Today
Ensemble/Performance
Key Approaches in Music Education
2 1 Principal Study 3
Aural Perception 3
Harmony and Analysis 3
Music in the Classical and Romantics Eras
Fundamentals of Teaching
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music
  2 Principal Study 4
Aural Perception 4
Harmony and Analysis 4
Psychology of Learning and Instruction
Children, Music and Educational Settings
Teaching Jazz in Secondary School
3 1 Principal Study 5 or elective
Adolescent Development and Behaviour
Popular Music Studies
Teaching Junior Secondary Music
Free choice elective
  2 Principal Study 6 or elective
Professional Experience 2
Ensemble Pedagogy
Composition in Music Education
Technology in Music Education
4 1 Cultural Diversity in Music Education Senior Secondary Music Education Non-Western Music Free choice elective
  2 Professional Issues in Music Education Professional Experience 3    

Course prerequisite

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

Applying for honours

Please visit the Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours) course page to apply.

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
  • work closely with academic staff of the Conservatorium.

Admission criteria

ATAR: 70 (including HSC band requirements, see NESA requirements below) + audition                                                                                                                                  ATAR equivalent: 70 + audition                                                                                                IB: 25 + audition

To gain entry, applicants will need:

  1. An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
  2. HSC band requirements as set by NESA, outlined below
  3. A completed UAC application and teaching questionnaire. For more information, visit the UAC website
  4. A registered audition if applying in performance; or a submitted  portfolio and scheduled interview if applying in Composition or Musicology.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires the following prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) program:

  • 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 admission 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.

Prospective domestic students follow the steps above to make a course application and register an audition.

Prospective international students follow the above steps to make a course application and register an audition. You may also need to fulfil English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Current students applying to transfer from the Diploma of Music to a bachelor must apply through UAC - follow the above steps.

Current students applying to transfer from a bachelor degree to another, apply in your Sydney Student portal and register an audition - step 3 above. For more information, please see how to change your course.

Course opportunities

We focus on popular, classical, Australian, jazz, folk or world musics.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands unit of study incorporates high-profile guests including indigenous performers of note as well as composers and educators.

Technology, creativite exploration and music theory are woven into our units.

Professional accreditation

Our professionally recognised program, accredited by the NSW Department of Education and Training, will prepare you for a career as a music teacher in both the primary and secondary school environment.

 

Career Pathways

  • Music teacher
  • Performing soloist
  • Chamber musician 
  • Orchestral/ensemble player
  • Community music educator 
  • Researcher
  • Writer

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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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