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


    The Bachelor of Music provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Interactive Composition, Jazz & Improvisation, and Music Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology (PCME).

    These five specialisations develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with music core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects.

    The Bachelor of Music (PCME) will provide you with advanced, pre-professional music training to develop knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of music.

    You will

    • Develop a variety of skills, knowledge and understandings across a range of practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of music
    • Broaden your 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
    • Participate in a myriad of solo and ensemble performances, as well as international opportunities to provide you with invaluable performance experience
    • Learn from some of the most committed, talented and experienced teachers in Australia and internationally, and play an active part in the musical life of the University and the city of Melbourne.

    In the first year of study, you will begin by studying the same subjects as your cohort, before deciding on one of the following areas of specialisation: Music Performance, Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Once you have selected a specialisation, you will be able to dive head first into your selected area of expertise with high-level learning and performance outcomes.

    Future pathways

    Upon completion of the course, you may choose 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.