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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

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Study at Griffith University 2020

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History of Griffith University

Griffith University is a public research university situated in South East Queensland. It was established in 1971. Griffith initially started out with one campus and 451 students, since then, the university has been growing steadily to accommodate over 50,000 students across 5 physical campuses and 1 digital campus which was launched in 2018. The university is environmentally friendly and socially conscious with the purpose of providing students better experiences while studying.

Griffith University Rankings

Griffith is a highly reputable university in Australia which provides degrees that are internationally recognized , with over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for students to choose from.They were also Australia’s first institution to introduce degrees in areas such as environmental science and Asian Studies.

Griffith is ranked 19th as a young university in Australia and amongst the Top 2% of universities worldwide. They have maintained a position at 37th in the Top 50 university under 50 years in 2020 under QS world University rankings. The institution also offers subjects ranked in the Top 100 in the world:

Program

Global Subject Ranking 

Australian Subject Ranking

Indicative Annual Fee 2020

Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management

20

2

AUD$ 28,500

Bachelor of Nursing

32

6

AUD$ 31,500

Bachelor of Sport Development

33

6

AUD$ 32,000

Bachelor of Social Science 

51 – 100

5

AUD$ 28,500

Furthermore, Queensland Conservatorium is one of Australia’s leading performing arts schools offering a variety of degree programs in areas such as Classical Music, Jazz, Musical Acting, Music Technology and Education. It is a part of Griffith University, making it the only university in Queensland to be ranked in the Top 50 Performing Arts Universities 2020.
Here are a few of the recommended courses from the department of Performing Arts at Griffith :

Program

Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Bachelor of Arts 

3 years 

AUD $28,500

Bachelor of Acting 

3 years 

AUD $31, 000

Bachelor of Musical Theater

3 yearsAUD$ 31,000

Bachelor of Music  

3 years AUD $31, 500

For more information about the course entry requirements and application process, please contact Excel Education.

In addition to the above mentioned courses ranked globally, there is a wide range of reputed courses available at Griffith from the following teaching schools : Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Business School, Griffith Health, Griffith Sciences.

The following are a few of the recommended courses at Griffith University :

Program

Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Bachelor of Engineering

4 years 

AUD$ 35,500 

Bachelor of Pharmacy
[Recognized by Pharmacy Board Malaysia

4 years

AUD$ 33,000

Bachelor of Business

3 years

AUD$ 28,500

Bachelor of Information Technology

3 years 

AUD$ 31,000

If you are interested to know more about the available programs and application process, Please contact Excel Education.

Griffith University Clubs and Societies

Griffith strongly believes in life beyond academics which is why the university aims to ensure that all students are provided with top quality teaching as well as extra curricular activities. Griffith has a wide range of clubs and societies for students to participate in. Students can take a break from their studies and engage in extracurricular activities to make new friends with the same interests and learn from one another.
Griffith Gold Coast campus activities are overlooked and handled by Student Guild, which is designed to complement academic experiences and meet student’s social and welfare needs. For more information please proceed to Griffith Clubs and Societies

Griffith's Student Support Services

Griffith offers a comprehensive range of student support services to assist students through their academic and personal lives at the university. 

The following are a few of the Student Support services available at Griffith : 

  • Academic Support – English help, technical support and consultations are offered to help students with any of the difficulties they are facing with their studies.
  • Personal support needs – Students can connect with counselors, international student advisers, student advocacy groups and a range of services that to assist student with any personal needs.
  • Cultural Support Services – It is quite common for international students to experience cultural shock from relocating to a new country, therefore, cultural support services are in place to help students smoothen the process of settling down in a new environment.
  • Employability Support – Students can gain access to resources and information to help enhance their skills and knowledge required to develop a professional profile to get ready for the world of employment upon graduation.

If you are interested to know more about the extra curricular activities and support services at Griffith, Please contact Excel Education.

Living in Queensland

Studying abroad can be quite expensive, especially when it comes to tuition fees, accommodation and general living expenses. Griffith University offers on-campus accommodation across all campuses. Most of the accommodation are apartment style and is close to all campuses, local shops, and sport facilities and considerably quite cheaper than living in other major cities such as Sydney or Melbourne. 

Furthermore, It is important to keep in mind that Griffith’s campuses are located in two of the cheapest cities to study and live in Australia : the Gold Coast and Brisbane. 

The Gold Coast is ranked 1st for affordability in Australia and 84th in the world. Weekly student expenditure varies between an average of AUD$480-$520. Brisbane is the 4th cheapest city to live in Australia and ranked 22nd “Best Student Cities in 2019”. Students on average would have to spend approximately AUD$500 – $533 per week for general expenses. 

To know more about studying at Queensland check “Top reasons to study in Queensland 2020”

Furthermore, studying at Griffith has many benefits apart from its  academia and extra curricular activities. Recently it was announced that the Gold Coast has been classified as a Regional Area in Australia. As a result, students graduating from Griffith are eligible for 1 year work permit visa in addition to many other benefits such as being awarded extra points when applying for Skilled Migrant Visa in Australia. To know more about Regional Australia and its benefits check “Top Universities to study in Regional Australia 2020”

If you are interested to know more about studying and living in Queensland, Please contact Excel Education.

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Top reasons to study in Queensland (2020)

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The opportunity to study in Queensland is one of a kind. Queensland is the second largest city in Australia and the nation’s third-largest Economy. It has a rich history spanning over 1000 years. It is situated in the north-east of the country, with a population of over 5,000,000. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is also the largest city in the state and 3rd largest in Australia. It is often referred to as the “Sunshine State”.

Tourism fuels the state’s economy. Because, it’s an expansive area. Therefore, has many landscapes to explore ranging from tropical coastal areas to dry inland’s and sensual rain-forests. Tourists can enjoy the vast mountain range such as Bunya Mountains and Great Dividing Range. Those who like to spend time in the coastal areas can check in to the state’s most popular beaches ; Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In addition, the world’s largest coral reef system is also located off the coast of Queensland; The Great Barrier Reef. Other smaller locations to take note of are some of the majestic waterfalls such as the Wallaman Falls and Josephine Falls.

Let’s look at a few reasons why studying in a university in Queensland might be the best option for you. 

1-  Academic Excellence

Did you know that Queensland is home to some of the high ranked universities in the world? With subjects ranked in the top 100 in the world? Queensland has a world class education system attracting over 85,000 students from over 160 countries. Studying in Queensland will allow you to choose from a diverse range of academic degree programs. Catered to your strengths and potential. Further, the study programs will help you gain a deeper understanding of the real world. It will also enhance the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the world of employment.

Top Universities to study in Queensland

University of Queensland
Griffith University
Queensland University of Technology
James Cook University

Studying in University of Queensland

History and Campuses
University of Queensland is a public research university located in the capital of Queensland. UQ is the 5th oldest university in Australia and therefore, is a leading and highly reputed university in the world. The university accommodates around 54,000 students including around 18,000 international students.
The main campus is St.Lucia and Gatton campus is the largest campus of UQ. There are other campuses and facilities located around Queensland as well. 

University of Queensland Rankings
UQ is consistently ranked in the top world’s universities and is a founding member of the Group of Eight. UQ has won more Australian Awards for Teaching than any other university in Australia. UQ is ranked 47th in the world in 2019. As a leading prestigious university, they teach some of the world’s highest ranked subjects:

  • Sports-related subjects – 2nd
  • Engineering – Mineral and Mining – 5th
  • Environmental Studies – 11th
  • Agriculture and Forestry – 17th
  • Education and Training – 19th
  • Nursing – 21st
  • Psychology – 23rd
  • Hospitality and Leisure Management – 27th
  • Pharmacy – 31st
  • Geography – 37th

Student Activities 
UQ actively encourages and supports students to engage in extra-curricular activities on campus. This is in aim to enhance student’s experiences beyond academics. They offer a number of activities ranging from sports, clubs and societies, Music, Arts and cultural events. 

Let’s look in to few of the degree programs available at University of Queensland.

Program

Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)

4 Years (Full time)

AUD$38,112

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

4 Years (Full time)

AUD$43,504

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

4 Years (Full time)

AUD$32,352

Bachelor of Nursing

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$34,736

Bachelor of Business Management

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$42,272

If you are interested in knowing more about University of Queensland, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Studying in Griffith University

History and Campuses
Griffith University was established over 40 years ago in South East Queensland. Their teaching spans over six campuses and one of it is an online campus. Their vision is to be one of the most influential universities in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Griffith University Rankings
Griffiths focus is contributing to society by transforming students into remarkable people by providing excellent education and research. Griffith is regarded highly as a young university. They have maintained its position as the 37th University in the 2020 QS World university rankings Top 50 under 50 years. They introduced some of Australia’s first degrees in areas such as Environmental science, dental technology, forensic science and Asian studies. In addition, they happen to teach some subjects ranked in the top 100 in the world
  • Hospitality and Leisure Management – 20th
  • Nursing – 32nd
  • Sports-related subjects – 33rd
  • Performing Arts – 35th
  • Development studies – ranked between 51-100 

These ranking have contributed to Griffith being ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Student Activities
In addition to excellent academics, Griffith focuses on getting its students to actively participate in extracurricular activities. This is to help shape their experiences and prepare them for life beyond graduation. Griffith has over 120 clubs and societies which includes activities that take place each trimester.

They also include off-campus activities to help students relax. These include; Chill out days with live music, massages and henna tattoos, End-of trimester theme parties, Performances, cultural fiestas and toga parties.
Now Let’s take a look at a few of the many Degree programs available at Griffith University which you can choose from. 

Program

Duration

Indicative Annual Fees (2020)

Bachelor of International tourism and hospitality management

3 years (Full time)

$28,500 

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years (Full time)

$31,500

Bachelor of Musical Theater 

3 years (Full time)

$31,000 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

4 years (Full time)

$33,000

Bachelor of Sport Development 

3 years (Full time)

$32,000

If you would like to know more about Griffith University, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Studying in Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
History and Campuses
QUT was founded and granted university status in 1989. It is a public research university located in 2 campuses across urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland. QUT enrolls around 50,000 students, including 9,000 international students from over 120 countries. The institution offers approximately 400 undergraduate and postgraduate degree options. 

QUT Rankings
QUT is highly recognized despite being a young university. It is ranked 19th in the QS Top 50 under 50 years. QUT is also highly regarded for some of the subjects taught at their campuses as they are ranked in the Top 50 in QS World University Ranking by subjects:

  • Communication and Media Studies : 16th
  • Nursing : 35th
  • Art & Design : 41
  • Sports-Related : 51-100
  • Performing Arts : 51-100 

Student Activities
QUT has a wide range of clubs and societies to join to take away stress from all the work. They encourage students to join sports clubs such as Dodgeball, Cheer and Dance, Hiking, Yoga and Rowing etc to keep yourself fit and entertained throughout your academic period. They also have clubs for international students for their respective countries to help them feel right at home.

Let us take a quick look at some of the degree options available. 

Program

Duration

Indicative annual fee (2020)

Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media)

3 years (Full time)

AUD$31,400

Bachelor of Nursing

3 years (Full time)

AUD$36,300

Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)

3 years (Full time)

AUD$36,300

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

3 years (Full time)

AUD$34,9000

Bachelor of Arts (Drama)

3 years (Fill time)

AUD$31,200

If you are interested to know more about Queensland University of Technology, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Studying in James Cook University (JCU)

History and Campuses 
JCU was established on 1961 making it the second oldest public university in Queensland. The main campuses are located in Cairns and Townsville. JCU also has study centers in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island. Over 4,000 students study in Cairns including about 400 international students. Townsville campus is the largest of all JCU campuses, accommodating over 13,000 students including around 1,200 international students. 

JCU Rankings
JCU’s main fields of research includes Marine Sciences, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Tourism and Engineering. JCU’s research has received some of the highest rankings. Excellence in Research for Australia evaluates quality of research in each field in all Australian universities. 83% of JCU’s research areas were ranked “world-class or above”. That is, 38 out of 46 research field. Out of this 38 fields, JCU received “Well above world standard in 8 research areas:

  • Environmental science and management
  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Ecological applications
  • Plant biology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Fisheries sciences
  • Organic chemistry

JCU has been ranked 43rd in the QS top 50 under 50 years. And includes few other subjects ranked in the Top 150 in the world:

  • Environmental studies: 51-100
  • Earth and Marine Sciences: 51-100
  • Agriculture and Forestry: 101-150

Student Activities
JCU focuses on engaging students in their clubs and societies to help them have a fulfilling and exciting academic journey. They have many course based clubs, sports clubs as well as society and culture clubs to be a part of. 

Let’s take a look at a few graduate degree programs available at JCU

Program

Duration

Indicative Annual Fee (2020)

Bachelor of Marine Science

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$37,680

Bachelor of Environmental Practice

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$34,480

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

4 Years (Full time)

AUD$35,800

Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$30,400 

Bachelor of Geology

3 Years (Full time)

AUD$37,360

If you would like to know more about James Cook University, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

2 – Cheapest and affordable cities in Queensland

As a student, one of the biggest worries is the cost of living. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and day to day general expenses. However, Queensland is home to two of the cheapest and affordable cities to study and live in; Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Gold Coast is ranked 1st for affordability in Australia and 84th globally as one of the best student cities. Gold coast is quite similar to Brisbane in terms of affordability, however, it is a little cheaper. Weekly expenditure for a student would range between AU$480-$512. Rent in Gold Coast is 40% lower than that of Sydney and it also has one of the lowest Undergraduate fees in comparison to other Australian cities.

Brisbane is the 4th cheapest city to live in Australia. Living costs are lower than any major Australian cities such as Sydney. It was also ranked 22nd in “Best student cities in 2019”. Students would have to spend around AU$500-$533 a week including rent, food, transport and general expenses whereas, in Sydney it would range between AU$600-$700 per week.

It is also important to keep in mind, that as a student with restricted finances, Queensland is a very reasonable state to live in. It has universities offering top-class education at low tuition fees such as that of Griffith University.

3 – Cultural Diversity in Queensland

Studying abroad allows students to  meet individuals from various countries, backgrounds and cultures. Apart from the sunny, beautiful tourist destinations in Queensland, it is also extremely diverse in culture. Therefore, if you are someone who sees diversity as an important factor in where you’d like to study and live in, then Queensland is the place to be, as you can reap the benefits of a multicultural environment. The state is abundant in different cultures and with people who are not restricted to adopt one particular lifestyle. They are open minded people from different walks of life and enjoy forming friendships that are long lasting. It is very easy to find a wide range of food and activities representing almost any country in the world.

The Government has an incessant need to celebrate cultural diversity and multicultural events. Since Queensland is recognized as a state with a long history of migration, The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that all Queenslanders can participate and celebrate the society, whether born in or migrated to the state. As a result, they have placed the Queensland Cultural Diversity Policy which focuses on improving and supporting the continued growth of strong culturally diverse communities in the state. Further, $1.3 million was used to fund over 150 multicultural events held throughout the state in 2019 as Queensland is home to people from about 220 different countries who speak over 180 languages and identify with over 110 different faiths.

One city in particular stands out as one of the most diverse student cities based on QS Best Student Cities 2019:

Brisbane – is ranked 9th in the top 10 most diverse student cities in the world since a large number of the student population comes from countries outside of Australia. Thereby, making it one of the ultimate choices for students who are looking to gain a top class education and embrace different cultural experiences.

4 – Part-time work in Queensland

As the 3rd largest Economy in Australia, Queensland is considered a gateway to a wide range of career paths and advantages. It provides a stable and safe environment for International students with a strong economy. Queensland also has an abundance of  service industries and an internationally-renowned tourism industry. Which opens up many career opportunities. The first step to obtaining a permanent employment position is to engage in Volunteering, Working while studying and Vocational placements. This improves work experience and increases the chances of being hired by a suitable employer. Therefore, students can earn while studying.

An added advantage is that apart from greater Brisbane, majority of the cities in Queensland is a designated Regional Area. Therefore, those who are eligible are allowed to apply for a resident visa. The next section will cover all about Regional Areas in Australia.

If you would like to know more about studying in Queensland, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

5 – Gold Coast is classified as “Regional Area”

Regional Australia was designed by the Australian Government to promote certain areas of the country, especially for immigration purposes. Recently, it was announced that Gold Coast will be reclassified as a regional area in aim to attract migrants and foreign students. This will open many opportunities for  International students who are looking to study and settle down in Queensland or other regional areas in Australia. Gold Coast is looking for skilled migrants for occupations that have been identified as being a shortage in the area. Gold coast or any other regional area in Queensland is an attractive place to study and there onwards continue to live, due to the high standard of living and working conditions.
Students who study in a regional area such as Gold Coast will benefit when applying for Skilled Visa as they will be awarded extra points in the system:
Extra 5 points in the Skilled visa points grid for studying in a regional area
Extra 1 years for the graduate 485 Visa.

If you want to know more about studying in a Regional Area such as Gold Coast, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 


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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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