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Bachelor

Bachelor of Music (Performance/ Composition/ Musicology/ Ethnomusicology Specialisation)

    • CRICOS Code: 058837J
    • VTAC Code: 3800638231
    • International VTAC Code: 3800638233

    Course overview

    • 3 years full time / 6 years part time
    • On Campus (Parkville, Southbank)
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Start year intake – March and mid-year intake – July

    Overview

    The Bachelor of Music provides advanced, pre-professional music training in three specialisations: Music Performance, Composition, and Musicology/Ethnomusicology. All students enrolled in the degree begin by studying the same subjects in first year, before deciding on a specialisation to pursue in second and third year studies.

    All students receive practical tuition through weekly individual instrumental, vocal or composition lessons, instrument classes, extensive solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers. They will learn from some of the most committed, talented and experienced teachers in Australia and play an active part in the musical life of the University and the city of Melbourne.

    Bachelor of Music students are encouraged to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.

    • Develop a variety of skills, knowledge and understandings across a range of practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of music
    • Broaden musical knowledge across a range of styles and repertoire
    • Develop advanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving through regular performance-based activities and theoretical studies
    • Make critically informed and sophisticated responses to new musical ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks
    MUSICOLOGY AND ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

    Musicologists research the history of music. They use diverse primary sources – newspapers, letters, diaries, concert programs and more – to situate musicians and listeners within rich historical and social contexts.

    Ethnomusicologists ask how culture shapes music and how music shapes culture. By studying the practices, values and ideas related to music-making in a particular culture, they seek to make broader claims about social life in the modern world.

    BACHELOR OF MUSIC (HONOURS)

    Bachelor of Music students are encouraged to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.