Music

How can you study music at Monash?

There are different ways to include music in your studies. You can audition to enrol in the Bachelor of Music, or if you’re studying another course, such as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, you can still include non-practical music units as a major, minor or elective. There’s also an opportunity to join a range of small and large ensembles, some of which require an audition.

Studying music in your Arts course

A major or minor in music allows you to develop critical, analytical and interpretive skills to investigate different areas of music, such as western art music, popular and world music. The major or minor in music within the Bachelor of Arts is available to students who have no previous music experience.

What will you study?

A major or minor in music allows you to develop the necessary critical, analytical and interpretive skills to investigate various areas of music. These may include:

  • Improvisation
  • Popular and world music
  • Music across time and place
  • Song writing
  • Practices related to the music industry.

Examples of elective units:

(subject to availability)

  • Music ensemble 1
  • Popular music in global perspective
  • Music across time
  • Music across place
  • Song writing: How to write a popular song
  • Recording and computer music production
  • Film music

What careers will you be ready for?

Music is key to a rich cultural life and can lead to many different careers, including:

  • Music reviewing
  • Archivist
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Media and communication and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

Our music staff are renowned performers in classical, jazz, pop, composition and music technology, and critical performance studies. They are also music creators and innovators, writers and researchers. You will see our staff soloing and leading ensembles worldwide, and experience their recordings and publications.

Our school prides itself on the number of opportunities we provide our students, including performances on and off campus, with visiting artists and staff. You’ll have access to recording facilities as well as one of Australia’s leading music archives featuring instruments from around the world.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll have the opportunity to venture into new and challenging contexts to enhance your learning.

GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee

The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (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 Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Career options

  • Music reviewing
  • Archivist
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Arts administration
  • Marketing
  • Media and communications

Overseas opportunities

As a Monash student, you have the option of making your course an international one. The School of Music offers two Music units undertaken at overseas locations. Both units are three-week intensive practical units that explore group and solo performance, as well as the art of music practice.

"Monash is the place to be if you want to study music – if you’re just coming out of high school and you want to take that next step in your musical journey."

- James Zhong,
Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Laws