Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Explore your love of music with a Bachelor of Music at VU, and prepare for a range of exciting careers.

This course focuses on popular and contemporary music, including international perspectives. You’ll develop your music knowledge, technical fluency, and creativity. Through practice, cultural analysis and critical listening, you’ll discover an inspiring variety of musical styles.

Areas of study include:

  • music performance
  • music theory
  • song writing and arranging
  • popular music culture and history
  • music technology.

You’ll have access to cutting-edge music technology and our commercial recording facilities at Kindred Studios. You’ll also gain practical experience through collaborative projects with students, industry professionals, and community organisations.

All students should be able to read music notation. If you’ve studied music performance, or worked as a musician, you may be eligible for advanced standing, and credits towards your degree.

As part of applying for this course, we need to meet you to find out about your music skills and professional ambitions. You’ll need to book an audition or interview. For international applicants, auditions/interviews can be arranged via online video.

Call +61 3 9919 6196 or email us at music@vu.edu.au to make a booking.

For further information about the course, please contact course coordinators:

Our music students study alongside music and media industry professionals in our unique industry-based location at Kindred Studios in Yarraville, just a 5 minute walk from Footscray Nicholson campus.

In 2016 Kindred Studios was listed as one of the top ten co-working spaces in the world by Lonely Planet.

Performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and computer labs are fitted out with quality instruments, sound gear, and the latest computers and software.

Students studying this course can get performing opportunities through the VU Music Booking Agency.

You’ll learn from expert staff and professional musicians, all of whom work in the industry. VU music staff include:

  • Jonathan Zion – who has worked with Ian Moss, Pete Murray, Tim Minchin, Joe Camilleri, Steve Mangusson, Lior, and Eddie Perfect
  • Kiernan Box – who has worked with Augie March and the Black Eyed Susans.

Our Bachelor of Music has a reputation for being modern, progressive, friendly, and having engaged and responsive staff.

The course is accessible, supportive and has a positive culture. For mature-age professionals seeking a qualification, we offer flexibility to study alongside your work.

In addition to our partnership with Kindred Studios, you’ll also benefit from industry and community connections we have with:

  • Telstra Road to Discovery
  • OxJam – Gigs for Good by Oxfam
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre
  • Newport Jazz Festival
  • Williamstown Music Festival
  • Edgewater Festival
  • Big West Festival.

You’ll have the exciting opportunity to travel as part of your study, on a university exchange or overseas study tour.

We have partnerships with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, McNally Smith School of Music in the USA and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, among others.

We also offer study tours to China every November.

Studying overseas gives you the chance to experience a new culture and learn from a new perspective – while gaining credits towards your degree.

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Music students rehearsing at Kindred Studios

Careers in music

The Bachelor of Music prepares you for a wide range of career options within the music industry. You could pursue a career as one of the following:

  • music performance artist
  • instrumental music or music theory teacher
  • composer, songwriter or arranger
  • musical director or band leader
  • music administrator
  • sound artist
  • music producer
  • accompanist.

Following this music course, you can prepare to become a secondary music teacher with our Masters of Teaching (Secondary), or other postgraduate study at VU. Some graduates of this course go on to study music therapy.

Salaries

Music professionals earn an average of A$51,000 (JobOutlook).

If you continue with your study with our Master of Teaching to become a secondary-school music teacher, you could earn around A$78,000 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Music students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) College Core studies;
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) Professional Core studies including 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Capstone studies;
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor studies from the list below.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Plus

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) from Minor studies listed

Year 3

Plus

Capstone Units

Plus

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) from Minor studies listed

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Devise, compose, transform and analyse musical works by employing theory, practice and research in the fields of music performance, music theory, music technology, music culture and music cognition;  
  2. Conceptualise and adapt their knowledge and skills to implement new and emerging technologies and practices in music;  
  3. Reflect on their knowledge and interpersonal skills to network with other professionals, and negotiate their own roles as professionals, in the music industry;  
  4. Contextualise music practice in relation to other creative arts disciplines, and adapt to the diversity of fields required for music practitioners;  
  5. Integrate technical skills and craft in music with the creative, cultural, technological and entrepreneurial acumen required for successful participation and employment in the music industry; and  
  6. Exhibit academic skills in independent research, critical analysis, reading, note-taking and collection and organisation of resource materials, including the presentation of oral and written material, and online and digital media resources.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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