Music - A3702


Bachelor degree (honours) - 1 year

Building on your expertise in performance, composition, ethnomusicology or musicology Music Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of coursework and research.  You will have already completed an undergraduate degree with outstanding results, with a major in the relevant area in Music.

The program will integrate the development of practical skills (for those completing studies in performance or composition) with theoretical knowledge, culminating in advanced research training in your chosen field.

With extended knowledge in your chosen field, together with advanced skills in research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication, Honours will provide you with an advantage in seeking out professional roles.

You will choose a topic and undertake research working with a carefully selected supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling as you build your skills of research, analysis, writing and other forms of communication, as well as your practical skills.  You will complete advanced coursework studies, attend or present at seminars, perform or compose and participate in other related activities.  Completion of the Honours program will be via the completion and assessment of a thesis, which may also include a major creative work or series of works, a performance or a written critical commentary, and a related research paper.

You will be equipped to find employment in a broad range of occupations including the arts industry, librarianship, administration, business, government and private sectors, or in an educational context. Or you may wish to undertake further research study at the Masters or PhD level.

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Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration: 1 year (full time) , 2 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February)
Qualification: Bachelor of Music (Honours)
2016 course requirements

Entry Requirements

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This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of your music specialisation and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a research project in your area of music specialisation under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor. Ethnomusicology and musicology students produce a thesis. Music composition and Creative music technology students produce two portfolios of original creative work and an exegesis. Music Performance students will produce two recitals and program notes.

Honours is available in: Creative Music Technology, Ethnomusicology and Musicology, Music Composition and Music Performance.