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Music, B.A.

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  • 36 months
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Music course at University of New England aims to provide students with high-level academic, theoretical and practical skills in music-making and scholarship.Graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Music may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.
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Music course at University of New England specialises in providing students with comprehensive, creatively focused music training in an online environment. Students build their creative music making skills in songwriting, composition, performance and music technology while developing a thorough knowledge of the historical, cultural and theoretical background of music genres via the study of musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

 Additionally, the program fosters advanced musical craft skills in aural and harmony. Throughout their degree students produce a creative and/or research portfolio to enable them to showcase their abilities as they transition into professional careers in the creative industries and education sectors. 

Graduates of the program are independent, skilled musicians who have established their own creative practices and research methodologies. On completion of the degree, pathways to further study include continuing on to honours and graduate research degrees or graduate degrees in education to pursue careers in primary and secondary music teaching.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with high-level academic, theoretical and practical skills in music-making and scholarship.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of Western music from contemporary, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives;
  • present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of musical knowledge and ideas via composition and performance practice;
  • critically evaluate cross-cultural music styles, periods and genres and apply this understanding to Australian, Western and non-Western contexts;
  • demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of music technology and its practical application across a variety of musical environments; and
  • construct a synthesis of different approaches to performance, composition, musicology and music technology through collaborative and individual research tasks while exercising critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence; and show responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully completed the degree will be independent music practitioners who may begin work as qualified professionals in composition, arranging, performance, music production or private studio teaching. Students can also continue on to a specialised honours degree or on to various courses in education to pursue careers as school music teachers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Up to 10 years Part-time

  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aural Skills 
  • Music Cultures 
  • Fundamentals of Music Technology 
  • Harmony and Analysis
  • Western Music History: Beginnings to Baroque 
  • Western Music History: 18th and 19th Centuries 
  • Aboriginal Resilience and the Arts 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and
  • (a) shall complete a satisfactory written personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; and
  • (b) shall have on admission to the degree a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications; and
  • (c) shall have on admission to the degree a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications 

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24990 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24990 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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