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Bachelor of Music

Course code L66

This degree provides students with the elite training, skills and experience that they need to succeed in the music profession.

The course allows students to pursue highly specialist training in their chosen major, as well as customise their study experience to suit their individual interests and career goals. With strengths in classical, jazz and contemporary music performance, as well as composition, music technology, musicology and theory, the course is taught by a staff of world-class scholar-performers whose expertise encompasses every aspect of today’s music world, and also that of the future.

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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

L66

Fees

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

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
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

L66

CRICOS code

079944K

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
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. This audition includes a theory test and an interview.

    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.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students are required to select a Major from within the course.

Students whose elected Major refers to the Classical Elective Unit Bank should make their selection from the list below. Note: not all units will be offered in all semesters.

Classical Elective Unit Bank
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS3521New Music Practicum10
MUS3514Early Music Practicum10
MUS2520Choral Conducting 110
MUS2521Choral Conducting 210
MUS2522Classical Special Topics 110
MUS2523Classical Special Topics 210
MUS3517Classical Special Topics 310
MUS3518Classical Special Topics 410
MUS2524Instrumental Conducting 110
MUS3519Instrumental Pedagogy Skills10
MUS3516Acting for Instrumentalists10
MUS1521Genres of Composition10
MUS4608Music History: Film & Media10
MUS3513Music History: Australian Music10
MUS2525Instrumental Conducting 210
MUS1615Materials of Composition10
MUS4513Aesthetics and Compositional Practice10
MUS3515Improvisation for Classical Musicians10
MUS3520The Psychology of Successful Performance10
MUS2614Music History: Electronic Music Overview10
MUS3240Rhythm Workshop10
MUS2535Eneksis Vocal Ensemble 110
MUS3535Eneksis Vocal Ensemble 210
MUS4521Eneksis Vocal Ensemble 310
MUS4522Eneksis Vocal Ensemble 410
MUS3541Extra Ensembles 110
MUS3542Extra Ensembles 210
MUS4533Extra Ensembles 310
MUS4534Extra Ensembles 410

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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

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles, concepts, theories and techniques of Performance. (1,a)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge with depth of the definitive music styles, techniques and artists and its relationship to history, culture and music. (1, a)
  3. Demonstrate cross cultural, social and ethical awareness, including indigenous cultural competence and apply a local and international perspective to practice. (12, 13, f)
  4. Review, analyse, and synthesise instrumental, improvisational, interpretive, and technical knowledge to develop practice and performance repertoire for a variety of music styles. (2, c)
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and solve problems during rehearsals and performances. (3, c, d)
  6. Apply trans literacy skills to successfully communicate knowledge and ideas through the construction of melodies, arrangements, and compositions (4,8, d)
  7. Apply creative thinking, innovation, and initiative to generate and evaluate complex ideas and provide evidenced and sustainable judgements and solutions to contemporary challenges in professional practice settings. (5, 10, 11, c, d)
  8. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to master repertoire applying advanced instrumental, improvisational, interpretive and technical performance skills. (6, c, d)
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice, in both individual and group settings. (7, 9, b, e)

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.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in the performing arts, music education, entertainment industry and associated fields. Many graduates have careers as performing musicians, either with an orchestra or ensemble, as conductors or composers.

Possible future job titles

Musician, Performance Artist, Composer, Performer, Entertainer, Music Tutor, Accompanist

Similar courses to consider

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    Students interested in music education should look at undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with a Music Education major.

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Student stories

Daniella Sicari

Daniella Sicari

WAAPA Music - Classical Voice graduate

"WAAPA taught me all about music and what it takes to be a professional singer"

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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