Music - A2003

Do you see a future in composition or performance? Are you passionate about music technology or drawn to exploring the nature of music as culture? Then the Bachelor of Music is for you. In this course you’ll develop new skills, knowledge and understandings of how to work with music and the performing arts in an increasingly digital world. You’ll study with accomplished teaching staff, access a curriculum full of performance opportunities and build your international networks. Upon graduating you’ll be ready to work in a wide range of roles across the music industry and beyond.

What is a Bachelor of Music?

The Bachelor of Music enables you to master technical and performance skills and develop specialised knowledge in your chosen practice. During your studies, you’ll learn and collaborate with the world’s leading musicians and be supported by our network of world-renowned academics at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance. Engaging with the historical, creative, technical and cultural aspects of music, you’ll broaden your perspectives on music in the world and lay the foundations for a rewarding career in music.

Why choose Music at Monash?

As one of the world’s top 1% universities and Australia’s largest international university, Monash is the perfect foundation for your music degree. Consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia, the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University has connected people with music for more than 50 years. It continues to produce dynamic and creative national and international soloists, ensemble performers, composers, songwriters, teachers, creative music technology specialists and music researchers.

Choice of three specialisations

Choose a specialisation based on your career goals and interests:

  • Composition and Music Technology: Establish skills for acoustic and electronic instruments, songwriting and music for other media such as film and video games.
  • Music Performance (Classical or Jazz and Improvisation): Develop professional performance skills in solo and collaborative instrumental/vocal performance through individually tailored one-to-one tuition with renowned performers, small ensembles, creative workshops and performance opportunities.
  • Popular Music: Acquire practical performance skills and stagecraft and learn how to apply songwriting and music production skills to a variety of performance styles and contexts representative of the popular music industry.
Double degrees

A double degree takes two years less to complete than if you studied the courses separately, so not only do you save time, but you also diversify your skillset, create variety in your studies, broaden your networks, open up more job opportunities, and meet a wide range of people.

You can combine the Bachelor of Music with another degree (double degree) such as Arts, Commerce, Education, Law, or Science. Our Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Music gives you Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration in only four years, allowing you to teach straight away. See our full range of Bachelor of Music double degrees.

Diverse performance opportunities

Monash is renowned for its performance opportunities and we have a diverse range of small and large ensembles, including piano ensembles, choral groups (music theatre, contemporary and classical), electronic laptop, new music, chamber orchestra, big band, funk, pop, Latin jazz, as well as the Monash Art Ensemble and the Monash Academy Orchestra .

Tailored teaching from leading industry professionals

All our teaching staff are accomplished and experienced performers across a range of contexts in the music and performing arts industries, so they will give you the tailored, individualised feedback and guidance to develop essential performance skills for your career. Find out more about Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance teachers.

Global music industry connections

The Monash Bachelor of Music connects you with the world’s leading musicians including studying with international visiting artists and researchers. For example in 2021 students worked with Canadian jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and India-based Grammy-award winning environmentalist, composer and performer Ricky Kej as part of the Global Prestige Artist series. Students have also participated in workshops with some of the world’s leading composers including Vanessa Perica, Nico Muhly and Ross Edwards. In 2019, our students also had the opportunity to perform with Afghanistan’s all-female Zohra Orchestra and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Afghanistan.

Global education

As a Bachelor of Music student, you’ll have access to the award-winning Global Immersion Guarantee - an opportunity to spend two weeks studying in India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands. There are also opportunities to travel to Prato, Italy, to explore the ways Arts leads to social and cultural change and addresses the global challenges of our times including climate change, geo-political insecurity and thriving communities. You may also undertake ‘On Country’ experiences in Australia for immersive music performance programs or be part of our extensive overseas study programs.

Internships and work experience

Our partnership with Melbourne Fringe provides opportunities for internships, performance productions and one-to-one career guidance. With an ongoing focus on industry and professional career development, you’ll also have opportunities to engage with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Yamaha Music Australia, Women’s Jazz Festival, Music Aviva, and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. Learn more about Arts Work Integrated Learning.

World-class Digital Hub

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance holds state-of-the-art technology housed in the Monash University Music Digital Hub. The Digital Hub is a creative, multi-functional learning facility that gives students access to the latest recording and production technology as well as industry leading equipment and software. The Hub enables audio-visual streaming with influential artists from around the world, globalising your learning experience.

Scholarships and grants

Monash is committed to educating and empowering music leaders who will generate social or cultural change. We have a number of scholarships and funding opportunities that are designed to support you throughout your studies. See the full list of music scholarships and prizes.

Jobs with a Music degree?

The Bachelor of Music gives you the opportunity of having very fulfilling and culturally enriching careers in the future. On completion of the course, you’ll be ready to work in an exciting range of professions and fields, including: performing, composing, music writing, music journalism, festival management, marketing, artist management, producing, publishing, editing, audio engineering, conducting, music therapy, radio presenting, and much more.
Our graduates go on to a vast range of careers in music. Take a look at some of our Bachelor of Music alumni journeys.

Connect with us

You can follow the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, BandCamp and Vimeo or by signing up to our monthly newsletter.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July - only for Performance (Jazz and Improvisation and Classical)
Bachelor of Music
Course Handbook

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Course video

Find out about specialisations and career pathways. Hear from our graduates how the skills they gained in a Monash Bachelor of Music have impacted their music professions. Watch this interactive video

Meet our graduates

Bachelor of Music graduate Luke Thorne talks about the course and how studying at Monash has helped him achieve success as a musician.

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
  • 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:

    Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

    You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

    You must satisfy the following additional requirements for this course:

    Selection requirements

    Alternative pathways

    If you don't satisfy the requirements for direct entry consider these pathway options.

    What does a Music degree involve?

    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)

    Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

    Apply through VTAC

    All other applicants apply directly to Monash using course code A2003


    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


    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 are subject to change annually.

    International fee

    Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



    We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

    Other fees

    The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

    Enrolment Obligations

    International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

    CRICOS code: 017113G