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The ANU Bachelor of Music prepares you for the 'portfolio' career followed by most modern music professionals. A successful contemporary music career requires not only advanced skills in performance, composition, improvisation and other areas of creative practice, but also familiarity with music technology, and the ability to work as an educator and facilitator of community music, and as a cultural entrepreneur.
Our degree is designed to reflect music as it is understood and practiced in contemporary Australian society. This education experience covers all genres (classical, jazz, contemporary, folk and world music) and offers specialist courses in indigenous Australian music; music, politics and policy; and musical practice in a modern multicultural society.
The Bachelor of Music provides a strong foundation for a career in music. Students graduate with a range of professional skills that are applicable to careers in performance, music education, music advocacy, academic research, music entrepreneurship, and digital media and technology. This is particularly advantageous given that musicians increasingly are required to exercise a wide range of skills including performer, teacher, cultural entrepreneur, arts manager, music technologists and scholar.
Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Music degree will:
- Understand the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of musics;
- Demonstrate deep knowledge of and proficiency in one or more areas of musical performance, creative practice, professional practice or musical inquiry by applying specialist cognitive and technical skills;
- Evaluate and interpret musical ideas and concepts by engaging with relevant research of others, and thinking creatively, critically, ethically, and independently to solve research questions through words and/or performance;
- Communicate ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts, through words and/or performance, clearly and coherently in modes suited to a range of audiences; and
- Work independently and collaboratively in response to authentic music project demands.
The Bachelor of Music requires completion of 144 units, of which;
A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000 level courses.
A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses from any majors listed in the Bachelor of Music
The 144 units must include:
12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses, which may contribute to meeting the requirements of the Musicology major or Musicology minor:
MUSI1104 Turning Points in Music History 1: A Millennium of Metamorphoses (900-1900)
MUSI1109 Turning Points in Music History 2: A Century of Crisis and Change (1900-2013)
48 units from completion of the Creative Musicianship major
24 units from completion of one of the following minors:
48 units from completion of one of the following majors:
24 units from completion of the Creative Musicianship minor
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
- Creative Musicianship
- Creative Musicianship
- Music Technology
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:
• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Requirements for domestic applicants:
For international students:
Refer to the table to see if you meet the requirements:
English Language Requirements:
ANU recognizes a number of English language tests as meeting the University’s English language requirements. The acceptable tests are IELTS (an overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test), TOEFL-paper based test (a score of 570), TOEFL-internet based test (a score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening), Cambridge CAE Advanced (80, grade A), PTE Academic (overall 64, minimum 55 in each section.)
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential.
Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.
Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.
Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.
Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.