Bachelor of Music – Top Universities in Australia 2018/2019

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Starting your Music Career in Australia 

It doesn’t matter where are you coming from. The dream of music is alive and burns at any age, for any type of person. You may have explored it in your youth, others may have sat by and let the dream escape. The dream of successfully making it in the music industry and travelling in and out of venues every night, meeting fans who listen to your music and adore your work as much as you do. Not just something to pay the bills and make money, but living your dream.

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music is an academic degree awarded by a university upon completion of a program of study in music. In Australia, Bachelor of Music is for those wanting to undertake particular musical fields of study such as music production, singing, performance, screen music, popular music studies, avant-garde, and Indigenous and world music. Programs typically last from three years.

The degree may be awarded for performance, music education, composition, music technology, music therapy, sacred music, entertainment, music production or jazz studies. In the 2010s, some universities have begun offering degrees in Music Composition with Technology, which include traditional theory and musicology programs and sound recording and composition programs using digital technologies.

In Australia, the Bachelor of Music is generally a first degree lasting three years depending on the area of specialisations, students receive practical tuition through weekly individual instrumental, vocal or composition lessons, extensive solo,  instrument classes and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers. Depending on the area of specialisation, there is a wide range of ensemble experiences including Chamber Music, Orchestra and Choir, Wind Symphony, non-western ensembles, Big Band, World Music Choir and many others.

Why study music at University?

A bachelor degree in music gives you the opportunity to advance your passion for music in the most straightforward ways, for instance, by improving your technical abilities and repertoire skills as a performer. Alongside this, you will also be trained to learn music more completely in its social and historical context and to critique and reflect upon the music you make and hear in new ways. It has also never been more important for a successful career in music for a musician to be an informed and articulate advocate for the art form.


Majors of Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music provides advanced music training in five specialisations which develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects.

The areas of specialisation are:

MajorMajor Description
Bachelor of Music (Composition)The composition can refer to an original piece of music, either a song or an instrumental music piece, the structure of a musical piece, or the process of creating or writing a new song or piece of music.
Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition)Interactive Composition is an intensive, collaborative program giving students the skills to create music and sound for a range of contemporary media contexts.
Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation)Jazz and Improvisation is a program that balances skills with creativity to encourage the development of the personal voice and advanced technical skills through contemporary performance practice and creation of original compositions.
Bachelor of Music (Music Performance)You will experience many performance opportunities in the weekly instrument classes, concert practice classes and ensemble performances that occur regularly throughout the semester.
Bachelor of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)Musicology asks why we like music, how it functions and what it means. It examines not only music but also music-making within its social and cultural environment.
Bachelor of Music (Audio)To master the foundations of recording and mixing, live sound production, Media post-production and The digital studio.

Career Options for Graduates of Bachelor of Music

Besides becoming a music teacher, there are many career options available too

MajorCareer Option
Bachelor of Music (Composition)Arranger or typesetter, Audio technician, Concert music composer, Electro-acoustic sound artist, Festival director, Film scorer, Music administrator, Music producer or sound engineer, Music teacher, Radio broadcaster or programmer.
Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition)Composer for film, television and animation, concert and commercial release, theatre and dance, advertising, locations and events, bands and soloists, websites and video games, Contemporary music arranger, Contemporary music critic or reviewer, Contemporary music educator, PA or recording technician, Project curator, Record producer or music director.
Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation)Contemporary music arranger, Contemporary music critic or reviewer, Contemporary music educator, Contemporary music performer for bands, studio and live recordings, film, theatre, television and live events, Record producer or music director and Studio engineer.
Bachelor of Music (Music Performance)Social and cultural policy consultant, Accompanist, Chamber musician, Concert agent, Concert manager, Instrumental and/or classroom music teacher, Music administrator, Opera company/chorus member, Orchestral musician, Sessional musician for film, television, live shows, music theatre, recording sessions, Touring soloist or ensemble member.
Bachelor of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)Music administrator, Music critic or reviewer, Music editor, Music Educator, Music journalist and Music researcher.
Bachelor of Music (Audio)Studio Recording & Mixing Engineer, Live Concert Engineer, Broadcast Engineer – live, jingles, advertising, voiceovers, outside broadcast, Post Production – Foley and sound effects, ADR, Film & Game Sound Design, Location Sound Recordist, Mastering Engineer, Music Producer, Remixer, Audiovisual Technician and Forensics Sound Engineer

Alternative beside Bachelor of Music

  • Diploma of Music
  • Bachelor of Performance
  • Bachelor of Entertainment Management
  • Bachelor of Creative Industries
  • Master of Music (Music Therapy)

Not sure which is suitable for you? Enquiry with us

Top recommended universities for Bachelor of Music

  • University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University
  • University of Tasmania
  • The Australian International Conservatorium of Music

Top Universities to study Bachelor of Music in Australia

  1. New South Wales (Sydney)

UniversityMajor ProgramCourse Fee
Per Year (2018)
The Australian International Conservatorium of MusicBachelor of MusicAUD24,160
Macquarie UniversityBachelor of Arts with a major in MusicAUD30,570
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (UON)Bachelor of MusicAUD31,670
University of New South Wales (UNSW)Bachelor of MusicAUD33,840
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)Bachelor of Music and Sound DesignAUD36,560
University of Western Sydney (UWS)Bachelor of MusicAUD25,480
University of Sydney (USYD)Bachelor of MusicAUD37,000
Wesley InstituteBachelor of MusicAUD20,975

2. Victoria (Melbourne)

UniversityMajor ProgramCourse Fee
Per Year (2018)
University of Melbourne: Melbourne Conservatorium of MusicBachelor of MusicAUD30844
Monash University School of MusicBachelor of MusicAUD30,400
Victoria UniversityBachelor of MusicAUD21,600

3. Queensland (Brisbane)

UniversityMajor ProgramCourse Fee
Per Year (2018)
Griffith UniversityBachelor of MusicAUD29,500
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)AUD30,100
University of Queensland (UQ)Bachelor of MusicAUD32,992
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music)AUD23,200

4. Tasmania

UniversityMajor ProgramCourse Fee
Per Year (2018)
University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music (UTAS)Bachelor of MusicAUD29,000

5. Australian Capital Territory, Canberra

UniversityMajor ProgramCourse Fee
Per Year (2018)
The Australian National University School of MusicBachelor of MusicAUD35,904
University of CanberraBachelor of Contemporary Music PracticeAUD24,050

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the university course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment. 

Entry Requirement

  • Evidence submitted of prior study: A-level, UEC, STPM, SAM, foundation and equivalent pre-university program
  • English (IELTS 6.0 – 7.0 Academic, IB English or approved Australian Year 12 English subject)
  • Applicants must complete an audition and musicianship test. The repertoire presented at AMEB Grade 7 standard for instrumentalists and Grade 5 for singers, generally makes for a competitive audition. These standards are an indication only. AMEB examinations are not a prerequisite for entry. 
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