Music - A2003

Whether you see a future in composition or performance, you're passionate about music technology, or you're drawn to exploring the nature of music as culture, the Music course at Monash will harness your creative potential and challenge you to excel.

You'll advance your practical skills, collaborate with international artists and study with accomplished teaching staff. You'll engage with the historical, creative, technical and cultural aspects of music, broaden your perspectives on music in the world, and lay the foundations for a career in music.

In doing so you will build a high level of expertise in one of three specialisations:

  • Composition and Music Technology
  • Music Performance
  • Popular Music

The study of Music at Monash builds on your particular talent to develop advanced skills and knowledge in your chosen specialisation, while immersing you in the ever-changing landscape of the music industry. The opportunities to diversify your study to engage in cross-cultural and cross-genre interactions will underpin the development of your creative and critical thinking abilities.

You'll build your aural skills and your theoretical understanding of music with an integrated approach to listening, analysis, performance, notation and composition. Theoretical concepts in the Western classical and jazz traditions will be integrated with their practical application, and you will be exposed to the study of music and music making in various cultural, historical, social and professional settings. Electives ranging from jazz composition to music in the digital age, to East Asian music traditions to conducting, complement the common and specialist studies.

You will be challenged to excel in your choice of Music Performance, Popular Music or Composition and Creative Music Technology. You'll emerge fully prepared for a final examination of either your chief instrument or voice, a portfolio of compositions, creative music technology media or a written work.

Benefit from a vibrant, nurturing and progressive environment, with highly skilled teaching staff, modern facilities, unique archival collections, outstanding industry connections and overseas-study opportunities.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 3 years (full time)
  • 6 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July - only for Music Performance and Composition & Music Technology)
Qualification
Bachelor of Music
Course Handbook

High achieving students in the Bachelor of Music may have the opportunityto transition into one of our Masters degrees in the third year of study. Learn more about Bachelor/Masters degrees.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance interactive video

Discover our specialisations, hear our graduates share their career pathways and how the skills they gained have impacted their music professions.

Study a Bachelor of Music

Take your talent to the next level. Unleash your creative potential in a supportive and inspiring environment. Discover more about one of the most comprehensive music degrees in the country.

Where could this degree take you?

With a Bachelor of Music, you'll gain skills and knowledge for a diverse career path:

  • Audio engineer
  • Festival organiser
  • Music therapist
  • "In music it's important to be creative, versatile, entrepreneurial. I take whatever opportunities I can get, in a heartbeat. Music has so much to offer and I just want to explore everything."

    - Po Goh, Bachelor of Music student

    Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

    Take advantage of the most extensive bachelor’s/master’s program offering in Australia. Monash Arts offers you the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in just four years – instead of five.

    Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG)

    GIG is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash single or double degree students to one of six destinations.

    Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

    You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

    Qualifications

    Equivalent Australian Year 12

    Bachelor/Masters degrees
    High achieving students can progress into the Master-level units at the completion of 96 credit points (end of 2nd year full time).

    Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

    For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

    English requirements

    Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

    University entrance requirements

    Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

    Extra Requirements

    Applicants must complete an audition/composition submission. For more information refer to https://arts.monash.edu/music/audition-information

    The course develops through the three themes of Music specialist study, Music theory and ear training, and Music context study:

    Partner with another course

    Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

    Making the application

    Future students

    Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

    Semester one (February)

    Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

    Apply through VTAC

    Semester two (July)

    Applications for Semester two are only to enter the Music Performance or Composition & Music technology streams (subject to audition). Note that Composition & Music Technology units start in Semester one which will increase the total period of study.

    Apply directly to Monash using course code A2003

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    Current Monash students

    You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

    Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

    Self assess for credit eligibility

    Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

    Fees

    Fees are subject to change annually.

    Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2021 rates and should only be used as a guide.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

    The average annual student contribution amount is:

    A$8500

    Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

    Fee assistance

    As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

    Full fee

    Fees are per 48 cr