Music

Bachelor degree

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 four specialisations:

  • Music Composition
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Ethnomusicology and Musicology
  • Music Performance

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, Music Composition, Ethnomusicology and Musicology, or 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

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

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Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences/Other
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Course Details

Location(s): 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)
Qualification: Bachelor of Music

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Overview

Speciality course

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Study Music at Monash

Monash Bachelor of Music graduates are intellectually informed, creatively equipped and professionally geared to engage with the musical challenges of the globalised world of the 21st century.

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"As a member of Melbourne soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, Monash Music graduate Simon Mavin was a nominee for the 56th Grammy Awards. It marks the first time an Australian band has been recognised in an R&B category at America’s most prestigious music awards." - Simon Marvin

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
Australian VCE subjects Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL N/A N/A
IB At least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL N/A N/A

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.

Non-School leaver requirements

All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites.

VET Diploma graduates: To be considered, applicants who have completed a Music based diploma will require an average result of at least 60%. Programs that involve competency-based assessment without grades or marks will not meet the admission requirements.

VET Certificate IV graduates: To be considered, applicants with Music based certificate IV level studies will require average results of at least 70%. For applicants who have also completed VCE, both qualifications will be considered. No credit is granted for these studies.

University: Two single units at an Australian higher education institution satisfy minimum entry requirements, but more units may be useful for selection, especially in Music based areas. Applicants should have at least a 60% average in their studies. Studies must have been completed within five years of intended commencement.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Extra requirements for domestic applicants:

All applicants must complete an audition/composition submission. For information on the audition/composition submission process please refer to Music Auditions

For further information please call 1800 MONASH (666 274).

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

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

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this 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

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:

A$6256

Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

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

  • pay all of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS HELP loan scheme.

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. 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.

Course Structure

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

A. Music specialist study

This sequence of units will provide you with specialist skills to undertake a final examination either through performance with your chief instrument or voice, or through a folio of compositions, creative music technology media or written work. Performance and other applied electives are also available.

B. Music theory and ear training

This will integrate the development of aural skills with the theoretical understanding of music through listening, analysis, performance, notation and composition.

C. Music context studies

These studies will expose you to the study of music and music making in various cultural, historical, social and professional settings through introductory units and a capstone experience.

D. Free elective study

Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of music or Arts more broadly, or to select units from across the University (in which you are eligible to enrol).

For students in a double degree course, these elective units are replaced by fulfilling part of the requirements of the other course.

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The following progression map(s) shows you a guide of the typical sequencing of units undertaken in this course.

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Double Degrees

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.

For more information visit the faculty website