The Music degree is your opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical skills to the highest standards in performing, composing, improvising, researching, producing and teaching.
Students benefit from our creative and contemporary environment, which includes purpose-built facilities, diverse performance opportunities and courses taught by leading academics in the field.
In addition to core courses in performance, musicianship and musicology – and extensive training in ensemble skills and professional practice – you will also study one of four specialist music streams: music creative practice, music inquiry, sonic arts or music pedagogy.
Music Creative Practice:
Intensive training in performance or composition in a self-selected musical style or tradition, including classical, jazz and world music.
Intensive training in historical musicology, ethnomusicology or the psychology of music. Music Inquiry enables students to develop excellence in theoretical and critical subjects, music from various styles, genres and cultures, and in a comprehensive range of ensemble practices.
Focuses on the use of sound as a means for a broad-range of creative investigations and applications. Students gain foundational skills and knowledge in sound recording and processing, post production techniques, digital sound manipulation, acoustics, and psychoacoustics in preparation for advanced applications of sound in various media and genres, such as, film and video production, sound installations, sound art, and electronic-based composition.
Offers extensive pre-professional training in musicianship, musicology, ensemble performance, pedagogical methods, and educational and motivational psychology specifically for studio music teaching. This stream requires the study of leading pedagogical practices through lectures, seminars, workshops, observation and practice.
Assignments and self-directed projects will provide opportunities for developing teacher modelling skills and best practices for the studio-teaching environment.
Graduates in all four major streams may also continue with study in music education.
All applicants must complete an audition to gain entry to the Bachelor of Music program.
Audition information and the online application form can be found on the School of the Arts and Media website.
Applicants are expected to have reached the level of at least Grade 7 AMEB Performance (or equivalent) and 2 Unit Music course 2 or 3 Unit Extension or Grade 6 AMEB Musicianship (or equivalent).
Double degree options
Dual mode (144 UOC) made up of
Musicology Core (42 UOC - 7 courses)
Musicianship Core (24 UOC - 4 courses)
Performance Laboratory Core (48 UOC - 8 courses)
Stream Gateway Course (6 UOC - 1 course)
Stream Courses (12 UOC - 2 courses)
Prescribed Music Electives (12 UOC - 2 courses)
Dual mode is available in 3446 Music/Education (Secondary), 3452 Music/Arts, 3457 Music/Science, 3458 Music/Advanced Science, 3766 Music/Engineering (Honours), 3460 Music/Commerce, 3463 Music/Media (PR & Advertising), 3464 Music/Media (Screen & Sound Production), 3465 Music/Media (Communication & Journalism) and 4774 Music/Law.
Studying music in the Bachelor of Arts
Students can also study Music in the Bachelor of Arts (BA).
The BA does not require an audition and two streams of study are available:
Music Studies is for students with less formal training in music who wish to gain a general degree in music, one that explores music as part of the Liberal Arts.
Music Studies Extension provides a more comprehensive range of prescribed music courses. This stream is normally undertaken concurrently with the Bachelor of Education for students wishing to gain a professional secondary teaching qualification in Music and also in a second teaching specialisation.
- Studio and classroom teacher
- Arts administrator/manager
- Arts event manager
- Arts advocate
- Arts journalist
- Sound designer
- Roles in the music-recording and film industries
Performance opportunities in the Bachelor of Music include a diverse array of solo and ensemble work, as well as interaction with the University’s high profile ensemble in residence, the Australia Ensemble.
Our Music students have the option to enrol in an elective internship through the Arts & Social Sciences Vocational Placement (Internship) course.
The program provides an exciting opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience.
Overseas exchange program
As one of Australia’s most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term or more overseas studying at one of our partner institutions as part of your music degree.
UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 200 different student exchange opportunities in 38 countries.
High performing students in the Bachelor of Music have the option to complete the fourth year of the program as an Honours year. Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised and extended research, to further develop research and analytical skills and expand graduate options.