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Creative music

Compose, score and arrange music for the creative industries
Graduate ready for a career by learning to create music for film, TV, apps, games, new media and more.

What is creative music?

Studying creative music is about composing music within any of the creative industries, including the live performing arts (concert hall, theatre, dance) and screen arts (feature films, television, documentary and online media).

You’ll gain skills in instrumental, vocal, electronic and electroacoustic music and learn to notate, score and arrange music suitable for film, TV, emerging media and other commercially oriented genres.

A degree in creative music produces broadly educated musicians who can apply their knowledge and skills in various music and arts-related contexts and professions, from film and advertising, apps and online to all kinds of live performances and special events.

You will study composition, notation, musical thinking and analysis, music technology, instrumentation and orchestration, as well history and cultural studies.

Why study creative music with us?

Our creative music program allows you to:

  • study composition with some of Australia's most highly regarded creative voices
  • pursue studies in a combination of musical and non-musical disciplines
  • choose from a wide range of music electives
  • branch out into other disciplines such as visual art, history or design through other faculties at the University of Sydney
  • form collaborative links with other musicians and performers at the Conservatorium and throughout the University
  • prepare for a variety of new careers both including and beyond the concert hall
  • gain exclusive access to opportunities within the creative industries
  • enjoy classes at the Conservatorium and on the Main Campus.

Who can I study creative music with?

  • Dr Damien Ricketson, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology; Program Leader, Bachelor of Music (Composition)
  • Associate Professor Paul Stanhope, Composition
  • Dr James Humberstone, Senior Lecturer in Music Education
  • Dr Ivan Zavada, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Daniel Blinkhorn, Academic Fellow in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Benjamin Carey, Academic Fellow in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Damien Barbeler, Casual Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Amanda Cole, Casual Lecturer in Creative Music
  • Ella Macens, Casual Lecturer in Music Skills and Creative Music
  • Andrew Robertson, Casual Lecturer in Jazz
  • Jessica Wells, Casual Lecturer in Creative Music

What are my study options with creative music?

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music took part in VIVID Sydney 2017, a hugely popular annual festival. 

Where creative music can take you

  • composing for film
  • composing for TV and online media
  • composing for advertising
  • scoring and arranging for film, TV and other screen-based genres
  • composing and arranging for music theatre
  • creating music for theatre, dance and multimedia productions


  • composing and arranging live music for commercial functions and major special events
  • composing and arranging for community and educational ensembles, choirs, bands and ensembles
  • music copyist, editor, engraver
  • event producer
  • festival or venue manager