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Contemporary music practice

Create and perform new songs and tracks in a range of genres
Develop as a musician, songwriter or producer across genres ranging from pop to rock, electronic dance music and hip hop. Get the skills for work in creative industries and gain a deeper understanding of music and society.

What is contemporary music practice?

Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes producing and writing songs, contemporary music practice is for students who want to expand their understanding of current approaches to music, including creating music and the place of music in society.

The course will give you access to a diverse range of music industry practitioners who will help you expand your skills and creativity to their full potential.

While our main focus is on inventive approaches to writing, producing and performing music, you will also study:

  • analysis
  • history and culture
  • music skills
  • music technology
  • performance.

There are plenty of additional electives open to you.

Why study contemporary music practice with us?

Not only is this your first step to becoming a national and international music pioneer, you’ll also:

  • work with industry professionals
  • have access to the best facilities available, including sound technologies and professional recording studios
  • choose from a wide range of music electives including the option to do a second major from almost anywhere in the university
  • study at both the Conservatorium and the University’s Camperdown Campus
  • have opportunities to apply for experiences with our international contemporary music education partners.

Who can I study contemporary music practice with?

  • Associate Professor Charles Fairchild, Popular Music; Program Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Music Major)
  • Dr Clint Bracknell, Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy)
  • Dr Jade O’Regan, Academic Fellow in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Ivan Zavada, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Damian Barbeler, Casual Lecturer in Digital Music
  • Mr Paul Mac, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Ms Rainbow Chan, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Alon Ilsar, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music

What are my study options with contemporary music practice?

Where contemporary music practice can take you

Designed for students interested in a career in the music industry.

  • singer/songwriter
  • music producer
  • performer
  • concert manager
  • music journalist
  • event producer

Emma Salisbury

Emma Salisbury singing
Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice)
“During our final year we get to write, record and present an album. I never thought I'd have the opportunity or the guts to do it."
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