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Bachelor of Music

Course code W76

This degree provides students with the necessary skills to succeed in the music industry.

It allows students to pursue highly specialist training in areas both inside and outside their chosen major. With strengths in performance (classical, contemporary and jazz) and composition, ethnomusicology and musicology, music technology and theory, the course is taught by a staff of scholar-performers whose expertise spans the whole gamut of the music world today.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W76

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W76

CRICOS code

0101999

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,900

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to attend an audition. The audition includes a theory test and an interview. Note: The audition/interview requirement may be waived for current ECU students enrolled in the Diploma of Music, Advanced Diploma of Music, Diploma of Music Industry or Advanced Diploma of Music Industry.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 1: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students will complete units in musicianship and music context study plus a major from their chosen specialist study area: Classical Performance; Composition and Music Technology; Contemporary Performance; or Jazz Performance. Students will also complete 6 elective units which may consist: Any unit/s from the list of recommended electives Any unit from the course that has not been previously studied (if the required prerequisite units have been completed). Excludes Principal Study and Ensemble unless approved by the Course Coordinator. Any other unit from across the University.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS1140Music of Our Time: The Australian Musical Landscape15
Unit from Major3 x units from Major45
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major4 x units from Major60
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major4 x units from Major60
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS2140The Music Business15
Unit from Major3 x units from Major45
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS3120The Art of Teaching and Learning Music15
Unit from Major2 x units from Major30
Elective Unit1 x elective unit15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major2 x units from Major30
Elective Unit2 x elective unit30
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4621Creative Project 130
Elective Unit2 x elective units30
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4623Creative Project 230
Elective Unit2 x elective units30
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS3575Conducting15
MUS3568Music History: The European Musical Heritage, 800-175015
MUS3150Music and Community15
MUS3160Music Cultures of the World15
MUS4565Music Technology for Performance15
MUS4330Music Philosophy and Research15
MUS3350Rhythm Studies15

W76|2

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • All students must complete the WIL unit MUS3120 The Art of Teaching and Learning Music offered in collaboration with education partners. The course also offers opportunities for WIL through regular ensemble performance outside of ECU in professional settings, and additional WIL opportunity is available in MUS3150 Music and Community.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Adopt a global outlook and exercise respect for cultural diversity, including an enhanced understanding of the music and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
  2. Apply effective teamwork and leadership skills in various settings according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  3. Communicate clearly and coherently in a range of modes relative to context and audience.
  4. Exercise self-reflection, judgement and responsibility in developing artistic practice and individual learning in response to diverse professional contexts.
  5. Think creatively to identity, analyse and resolve musical and conceptual problems.
  6. Think critically to conceptualise and synthesise musical ideas to inform creative practice.
  7. Undertake sustained, high-level independent practice in a chosen music specialisation with reference to its underlying principles and its relationship to history, society and culture.
  8. Use digital technologies and music-related literacies skills to successfully assimilate and evaluate relevant information from multiple sources.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,950 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,900 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

The course provides lifelong transferable skills, equipping graduates for employment in a wide range of professional industries.

Possible future job titles

Performer, Musician, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Pop, Music Artist, Composer, Researcher, Teacher

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My undergraduate course at WAAPA gave me fundamental music skills and knowledge. History lectures and invaluable theory classes set me up to recognise musical context and structural understanding. These three years were the years I fell in love with music. The Graduate Diploma taught me that there were more elements to being a singer than I had ever imagined. This was the year I began to discover what opera and art song really could be. WAAPA helped set me up for my time overseas and prepared me with specific tools for my craft. In particular, role preparation and research, and stage confidence and exploration. It also allowed me to gain efficient learning skills when presented with new music, especially in other languages.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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