Honours specialisation


Application Requirements


All applicants must meet the standard eligibility for the Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) in addition to the requirements below:

  • For University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music graduates with a result of at least H2A (75%) in the Bachelor of Music subject Performance 6/Practical Music 6.
  • For graduates of other institutions, you will be required to undertake an audition as part of the application process.

See standard eligibility requirements for degree

See how to apply for Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours)

2021 Mid Year Intake
Applications open early March 2021

Applications close Saturday 12 June 2021



Submit your video recorded audition via the supplementary application form

For currently completing University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music students, or recent graduates of University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music (within the last six months): please submit an University online application only, you do not need to fill in a supplementary application form.

Preparing your recorded audition

  • Applicants should prepare three pieces of music (25-30 minutes in total) demonstrating their skill on the instrument they wish to study.
  • Select each piece from the Western Art Music repertoire (except for electric guitar and bass).
  • Pieces should be of contrasting style, period and composer (e.g. works from the Baroque, Romantic and 20th century repertoires).
  • Your full audition must be video recorded in a single unedited take, and uploaded as one file. Pauses between pieces or movements is expected.
  • Instrumentalists and singers should perform at least part of the program with an accompanist, where appropriate.
  • Classical piano, classical guitar or percussion would normally audition unaccompanied.
  • Piano applicants are expected to perform repertoire from memory where it would be standard concert practice to do so.
  • Percussion applicants should prepare the following. Duration of pieces can vary, please choose repertoire or studies/etudes that best showcase your skill.
    • One piece for snare drum.
    • One piece for timpani.
    • One piece for 2-mallet keyboard.
    • A demonstration of 4-mallet keyboard performance (e.g. a performance, or short excerpt from, a 4-mallet piece).

We understand that in current circumstances, arranging a live accompanist and/or accessing certain recording equipment may be difficult. For applicants requiring accompaniment, you may organise an accompanist to provide backing tracks for your repertoire. Once you have received your backing tracks from an accompanist, you can use them to rehearse and then record your audition.

List of approved Conservatorium accompanists

It is not an expectation that you access or purchase additional recording equipment beyond a basic smartphone, iPad or laptop/desktop device. For smartphones, many recent models already have very good microphones built in.

Here are some tips from our University of Melbourne Learning Environments team on recording a video using your smart phone.


Applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee payable via the supplementary application.

Please note that some domestic applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the supplementary application fee, if you are a Health Care Card holder or have special circumstances.

For persons who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, the supplementary application fee will be waived. Please contact the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development for assistance.

If you believe you are eligible for a waiver of the supplementary application fee, please email prior to submitting your supplementary application form, and include a scanned copy of the relevant documentation as evidence of your eligibility.