Learning outcomes

  • 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

Course Description

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

Students enrolled in a specialisation in Music Performance, Musicology/Ethnomusicology or Composition 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.

Bachelor of Music students 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.

Music Performance

Music Performance is a flexible program tailored to meet your musical interests, skills and career pathways. The specialisation centres on the study of a chosen instrument to develop the professional level skills expected of a performing artist. Music Performance students specialise in, or work across areas as diverse as solo, chamber music, orchestral, early music and new music settings.

Students undertake a performance-based first year to hone music performance and applied music skills alongside historical, contextual, theoretical and aural learning. An extensive range of music electives and breadth study options allow you to tailor the program to suit your specialisation and area of interest as you move through the curriculum.

From second year your focus can remain heavily performance-based, shift to Musicology or Ethnomusicology, or you can apply for the Composition specialisation, all with flexibility to keep your career pathway and graduate study options open. Aspiring professional performing musicians can expand their performance opportunities and training in music performance from year two.

Composition

Composition is grounded within the Western notated art music tradition, while also engaging in dialogue with other contemporary musical practices. Available by application only as a specialisation from year two, composition students learn instrumental and vocal writing, orchestration, electro-acoustic music, professional score presentation, rehearsal skills and concert management.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Musicology students examine why people like music, how it functions, and why it is so important. Through a broad range of music studies and academic electives they study music in a range of historical forms, styles, genres and traditions.

Ethnomusicology is the study of people, the social processes and the wider context involved in music-making, and in the music product itself. Ethnomusicology students explore the meaning of music to particular groups of people – what part it plays in their lives, and why it is meaningful to them.

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.

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