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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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Duration
  • 3 years (full 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 (International students)

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

    At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

    View all minimum age requirements.

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

    Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

    All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

    If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

    The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

    Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

    Further information can be located at English language requirements.

    All Monash University undergraduate courses require you to have previously studied and achieved required Australian level standards in certain specific subject known as prerequisite subjects.

    You must satisfy the following prerequisite subject requirements for this course: