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Bachelor of Music Honours

Course code K35

This course provides outstanding music students with an introduction to research, whilst also focusing on advanced professional and practical skills.

The course prepares students for entry into the music profession as highly-skilled elite performers with a profound understanding of their art form. It also offers a stepping stone to further postgraduate study in music. Specialisations include classical performance, jazz performance, contemporary music, composition, screen composition, music technology, or musicology. The course is supported by a large staff of educators and scholar/performers whose expertise spans the entire music industry.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K35

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year 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

Early closing date 28-11-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K35

CRICOS code

067343A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year 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

Early closing date 28-11-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

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 may contain an interview component. Additionally applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Music, with equivalents considered. Alternatively applicants can have completed three years of a four year Bachelor of Music, and are normally expected to have maintained a course Weighted Average Mark of 70 or over, plus marks of 70 or over in all Principal Studies units, and marks of 70 or over in all Music History units.

    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:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

    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

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students specialising in Jazz Performance are required to complete:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4111Principal Practice Preparation20
MUS4306Jazz Composition 35
MUS4310Jazz Repertoire Ensemble 715
MUS4213Research Preparation20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4114Principal Practice Project20
MUS4313Jazz Composition 45
MUS4317Jazz Repertoire Ensemble 815
MUS4116Research Project20

Students specialising in Classical Performance are required to complete:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4111Principal Practice Preparation20
MUS4506Music Techniques 5: Twentieth Century10
MUS4507Classical Ensemble 710
MUS4213Research Preparation20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4114Principal Practice Project20
MUS4511Music Techniques 6: Composition and Arranging10
MUS4512Classical Ensemble 810
MUS4116Research Project20

Students specialising in Contemporary Music are required to complete:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4111Principal Practice Preparation20
MUS4406Contemporary Ensemble 715
MUS4408Contemporary Music Techniques 75
MUS4213Research Preparation20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4114Principal Practice Project20
MUS4414Contemporary Ensemble 815
MUS4427Contemporary Music Techniques 85
MUS4116Research Project20

Students specialising in Composition/Music Technology are required to complete:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4111Principal Practice Preparation20
MUS3513Music History: Australian Music10
MUS4513Aesthetics and Compositional Practice10
MUS4213Research Preparation20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MUS4114Principal Practice Project20
MUS4511Music Techniques 6: Composition and Arranging10
MUS4611Compositional Professional Practice10
MUS4116Research Project20

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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

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts of music. (1, a)
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research methods as they apply to music. (1, a)
  3. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise advanced knowledge in music with intellectual independence. (2, b)
  4. Integrate advanced theoretical and research knowledge to evaluate complex problems in music and provide innovative and sustainable solutions inclusive of cross culturally and globally relevant perspectives. (3,13,14,15,16, c, f)
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the analysis and evaluation of musical research from diverse academic and professional contexts inclusive of cross culturally and globally relevant perspectives. (3,13,14,15,16, c, f)
  6. Apply advanced library, database and information literacy, to locate and critically apply information relevant to the design, planning and execution of a research project. (11)
  7. Apply advanced technology literacy, information literacy and numeracy proficiency in the analysis and evaluation of qualitative and/or quantitative research results. (11)
  8. Demonstrate technical research skills through the design, planning, proposal and use of a research project to address theoretical and/or technical questions relevant to music. (5)
  9. Communicate a persuasive explanation of musical knowledge including a discussion of research results to academic and non-academic audiences. (6,8, d)
  10. Apply initiative and judgement through the design, planning and execution a research project relevant to music, demonstrating some independence in thought and practice. (7,10, e)
  11. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and apply responsibility and accountability for own learning and continued development. (9,12, e)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,850 *

* 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 $32,850 *

* 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

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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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