Study Music in Australia

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music impacts our lives in many ways. Music has the tendency to fill the emotions we experience in our daily living, which often gets us excited, enhances our mood or even calms our mind and relaxes our soul. 

If you’re passionate about touching people’s hearts through notes and melodies, then a degree in music is what you need as a starting point in your musical career. This article will help students who are aspiring to become musicians to explore the options for music courses in Australia. 

What is a Music Degree all about?

A music degree offers students relevant training, skills and exposure they need to be successful musicians in the music industry. The course typically requires three or four years of full-time studies to complete. Throughout the course, students will gain immense knowledge and skills on theoretical and practical aspects of music. 

A Bachelor of Music comes with a variety of majors or specializations for students to choose based on their individual interests and career preference. Here are the following majors or specialization;

Composition and Music Production

Students learn the core concept of music theory and use new technologies as well as old-school techniques to develop their composition skills.

Jazz and Improvisation

Students acquire technical skills and specialise in jazz music or any instrument of interest to become a jazz musician in the future. 

Production

Music production comprises general music classes, diverse training in music technology and the basic principles in business courses. 

Performance

Performance major requires students to select a particular instrument to study. Instrumental skills and performing methods are required on one-to-one lessons to develop performance skills and technique.

Contemporary

Contemporary studies allow students to study music theories and hone in practical skills by learning to write, perform and produce their own music.

Career Opportunities for Music Degree Graduates

Performing and composing are the two most popular occupations in music industry. Here is a list of options of what you could do with a music degree.

Jazz Musician

Graduates may have the opportunity to be a professional jazz performer in musical theatres, media and entertainment

Sound Engineer

Sound Engineers are responsible for handling equipment for audio recording to ensure high-quality sound projection at all times. Sound Engineers work in the recording studio, conventions, theatres and other venues that need sound projection for the audience.

Pop-Musician

Graduates can utilize their technical skills and performing techniques to pursue their career as a band member or a solo artist.

Music Agent

Music agents support artists with their contract, event, social media and more on a daily basis. They also promote music albums, records and shows for them.

Vocal Coach

A vocal coach, also a pianist helps students pick songs that suit their age, type and abilities. The vocal coach also improves singing techniques for artists during recording sessions and stage performances. 

General Entry Requirement to study Music Degree in Australia

*Pre-requisite: Students are required to attend an audition/ interview and prepare a portfolio to proceed for further admission process. The selection process varies depending on universities, contact Excel Education for more information. 

STPM

A minimum grade of 3Cs

A-Levels

A minimum grade of BBC

UEC

An average grade of B3

ATAR

A minimum score of 70 points or above

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 20 points or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirement to Study Music Degree in Australia

IELTS

Overall 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-band

TOEFL

Overall 87, listening: 19, reading: 19, writing: 21 and speaking: 19

PTE

Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub-bands

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other English Language requirements, contact Excel Education.

Best Universities for Music Degree in Australia

#1 University of Sydney

Ranked 1st in Qs Top Universities Ranking, University of Sydney offers students a wide range of music programs such as Musicology, Contemporary Music, Digital Music and Media as well as Composition for Creative Industry. Students are given the flexibility to pursue music and other electives including arts, history and design.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specializations

  • Contemporary Music Practice
  • Composition for Creative Industries
  • Digital Music and Media
  • Musicology

Intake (2021)

March

Duration

4 years 

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $43,000

#2 University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne is ranked 2nd for offering a professional music training program for students in areas such as Music Performance, Composition, Musicology, Jazz & Improvisation, and Interactive Composition. The specialization is adjusted based on students’ interest, skills and choice in music

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Performance/Composition/Musicology/Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Interative Composition

Intake (2021)

March & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD$32,296 – $35,040

#3 Monash University

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Monash University strives to bring out students’ creative potential by providing advanced practical skills and broadening their knowledge in terms of historical and cultural aspects of music to develop professionals in the music industry. 

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Composition and Music Technology
  • Music Performance
  • Popular Music

Intake (2021)

February & July

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,000

#4 Griffith University

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Griffith University is known for developing students to be highly skilled and ready to enter the professional life in the music industry. Students will gain exposure to a diverse musical genre such as classical, contemporary, jazz, popular, electronic, experimental and world music.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specialization

  • Composition
  • Performance

Intake (2021)

March

Duration

3 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $33,000

#5 Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan provides highly-skilled training for students in their designated major and adapts their learning experience in line with their interest. The course is taught by staffs of world-class academics whose experience embodies every part of today’s music world as well as the future.

Program

Bachelor of Music

Specialization

  • Classical Performance: Instrumental
  • Classical Performance: Vocal
  • Composition and Music Technology
  • Contemporary Music
  • Jazz

Intake (2021)

February

Duration

4 years (Full-time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $32,900

#6 Australian Institute of Music

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Australian Institute of Music is the only private music school dedicated to converting students into successful and long-standing industry careers in music and music, and, most critical of all, nurtured students to help them carry their craft and passion to the highest level.

Program

Bachelor of Music 

Specialization

  • Audio
  • Classical
  • Contemporary
  • Composition and Music Production
  • Music Theatre

Intake (2021)

January & May

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

AUD $24,680

Contact us to find out more!

Student enquiries:

Call/Whatsapp: +60182414802

Email: info.my@exceleducation.com.au

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