Bachelor of Music

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time

Credit points


Commencing in

For Continuing Students Only

About this program

It provides the highest quality professional music training available for the classical and jazz instrumentalist, vocalist, composer or musical theatre performer. Its range of study options will enable you to focus on your own areas of interest, and to acquire the adaptability, selfmotivation, technological literacy and vision necessary to succeed in the music industry.

You will also gain invaluable professional experience by undertaking project studies and music industry internships, which are credited to your degree.

Although designed as a four-year program, the program also offers you the option to exit after three years at which point you will be awarded a Bachelor of Music. The Musical Theatre strand is only available as a three-year program and will qualify you for the Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. Completion of the four-year program will qualify you for one of the following awards:

  • Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance)
  • Bachelor of Music (Composition)
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance and Pedagogy)
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Studies)

You will be admitted to a major study in an instrument (now including brass band instruments), voice or composition in either Classical or Contemporary/Jazz strands.

You may audition on more than one instrument. However, if successful, your offer will be for only one of your auditioned areas. There is the option after year one to divide your major between two areas through an innovative cross-studies major subject to special criteria.

Depending on your level of skill at the end of year one you may also seek transfer into the Advanced Performance strand which is designed for a select group of highly accomplished performance students and allowing you to devote more time and focus on your performance study and work at a higher performance level.

If you have a strong interest in developing your skills and knowledge of Instrumental or Vocal Pedagogy in preparation for teaching your instrument or voice you can elect to specialise in this field and leading to the Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy.

If you wish to study Music Education and gain registration to teach in Queensland schools you will enter a teaching preparation strand in your second year. After successfully completing the first three years you will graduate with a Bachelor of Music and be eligible to apply for entry to a graduate entry Teacher Preparation program. This program will qualify you to teach either Classroom Music and another classroom subject or Classroom Music and Instrumental Teaching. During the first three years of your Bachelor of Music you will study a range of courses in either Instrumental Teaching or a second classroom subject in preparation for your education studies.

All strands of the Bachelor of Music aim to produce graduates who are highly skilled, musically adaptable and equipped to enter professional life as creative and flexible 21st century musicians. Your educational experience will include exposure to diverse musical styles and idioms including classical, contemporary and world music and to the broadly accepted musical skills of aural awareness training, music theory and ensemble work.

The inclusion of Project Studies courses enables you to gain invaluable industry and professional experience by undertaking off-campus projects which are credited to your program. This highly innovative component of the program will help prepare you for a smooth transition into professional life.

Elective courses are available to deepen and broaden your musical experience. Elective study areas include:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Contemporary Music
  • Keyboard Accompaniment
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Music Literature
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Aural Studies
  • Opera and Music Theatre Studies
  • Pedagogy

The following Honours strands are also available for eligible students within the Bachelor of Music program:

  • Performance
  • Advanced Performance
  • Composition
  • Performance and Pedagogy
  • Music Studies

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Music is offered full-time on campus at the South Bank campus. You may choose to study courses at other campuses if or where the program structure allows.

In the Bachelor of Music program, you must maintain a full-time study load. If you have reasons why you cannot maintain enrolment in at least 30 credit points per trimester, you must seek approval from the Program Director to take a reduced study load. Students enrolling in an Honours strand are required to complete coursework and a dissertation.

Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 12-16 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes are held during the day however some Performance Rehearsals and Master Classes may occur in the evening. Performance Rehearsals may require up to 6 hours per week.

Dissertation (fourth year Honours students only): During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible and unstructured. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the dissertation.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Managing interruptions

The following advice provides specific information about interrupting your studies in this program:

Leave of Absence:
Students undertaking this program may apply for a maximum of two trimesters leave of absence and prior approval must be obtained by submitting a Leave of Absence online application form to a Student Centre. First year Conservatorium students will not normally be granted leave of absence except on compassionate grounds.

Students seeking readmission to this program require approval from the Program Director. If readmission is sought for Trimester 1, application should be made by the first week of August in the previous year. For readmission to Trimester 2, application should be made at least three months prior to the commencement of that trimester. An audition may be required.

My career opportunities

As a Performance graduate, you'll have the ability to work at a high professional level in performance companies, orchestras, theatre, media, the entertainment industry and community arts.

As a graduate composer, your options include writing or arranging for film, plays, television, concert performance, musical theatre or in new technology multimedia. Graduating in Performance and Pedagogy gives you teaching opportunities in either studio or school environments. As a graduate, you will also be eligible to apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Education.

Options for Music Studies graduates include community arts/music organisations or projects, music journalism and communication, composition, performance and recording, academia, or as a teacher (upon completion of a Graduate Diploma in Education).

Graduating in the Musical Theatre strand will make you employable both in Australia and overseas as a 'triple threat' performer, that is, someone who can sing, dance and act.

Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Bachelor of Music (1268)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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