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

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

    Where will this take me?


    Whichever specialisation you choose to pursue in the Bachelor of Music, you will enjoy a wide range of employment options in a range of different industries. Explore some of the careers our graduates have moved into after graduating below.

    Careers in: Music Performance

    While the logical path is to become a performing musician, this specialisation offers more paths than you can imagine. The Music Performance specialisation is your pathway to a range of employment options, including:

    • Orchestral musician
    • Sessional musician for film, television, live shows, theatre or recording sessions
    • Soloist, ensemble member, accompanist, chamber musician
    • Opera singer
    • Chorus member
    • Concert agent
    • Concert manager
    • Studio or classroom music teacher
    • Music administrator
    • Audio technician
    • Music producer or sound engineer
    • Radio broadcaster or programmer.

    Careers in: Composition

    The Composition specialisation can be your pathway to a range of employment options, including:

    • Composer
    • Festival director
    • Film scorer
    • Arranger or typesetter
    • Audio technician
    • Concert music electro-acoustic sound artist
    • Music administrator
    • Music producer or sound engineer
    • Music teacher
    • Radio broadcaster or programmer.

    Careers in: Musicology/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.

    The Musicology and Ethnomusicology specialisations can be your pathway to a range of postgraduate courses and employment options in music and beyond, including:

    • Postgraduate research in musicology and ethnomusicology
    • Postgraduate research in anthropology, cultural studies or area studies
    • Music critic or reviewer
    • Music editor
    • Music educator
    • Arts administrator
    • Social and cultural policy consultant.

    Further study options

    You have the flexibility to enter the workforce straight from your undergraduate degree, or you may choose to progress to a fourth-year Honours degree.

    Honours is an intensive and highly specialised one-year program designed to draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect, allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.


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    Graduate pathways

    Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.

    Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.

    Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.