Future students

students at the ANU School of Music

Why study music at university?

Taking a course or a compelete degree in music gives you the opportunity to develop your passion for music in the most direct ways, for instance, by improving your technical abilities and repertoire knowledge as a performer. Alongside this, you will also be empowered to understand music more completely in its social and historical context and to critique and reflect upon the music you make and hear in new and sophisticated ways. Why is this important? Today, music inhabits most of our waking hours, whether that be through car radios, mobile phones, mp3 players, Muzak, film scores or advertising. Consequently it has never been more important to understand what all this music means and how it may influence our lives and the lives of others. It has also never been more important for a successful career in music for a musician to be an informed and articulate advocate for the art form.

Why study music at ANU?

  • Because you have access to a world-class faculty, including over 60 Performance Teaching Fellows.
  • Because the Performance major offers you more one-to-one tuition support than any comparable program in Australia.
  • Because we offer an extensive range of combined degree options to take alongside a music degree as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degrees.
  • Because we enable you to pursue your music passions both in and across a diverse range of musical genres.
  • Because we help prepare you for the diversity of careers in music.
  • Because we have a magnificent collection of instruments that you can access.
  • Because our School of Music is on the main campus at ANU, giving you access to a vibrant campus life.
  • Because ANU is Australia’s leading university, in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.*

*Times Higher Education Rankings 2012/2013

As a music student at ANU you will be studying one of the most innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive tertiary courses in the country. You will be given the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide range of styles of music such as classical, jazz, contemporary, indigenous and world music through a variety of solo and ensemble music performance programs. The curriculum as a whole strives to be ethically informed; independent-minded; intellectually rigorous; outward-looking; responsible; accountable; and receptive to new ideas. It will help you establish a career in traditional and emerging creative industries or the teaching profession, and it will also help you become a cultural leader in your own community.

If performance is your great love, you have at ANU access to a performance major of unparalleled flexibility and generosity. The School offers more one-to-one teaching than any other comparable tertiary undergraduate course in the country, and through the Performance Development Allowance, you are able to tailor a program of practical instruction best suited to your individual needs and goals.

You also have access to magnificent purpose-built facilities, including Llewellyn Hall, which regularly hosts concerts by national and international soloists and ensembles, and you are only a short walk away from major cultural institutions such as the National Film and Sound Archive, and the National Library.

Whether you intend a career as a performer, composer, researcher, arranger, music teacher, music entrepreneur or whether you simply want to enrich your life by pursuing your passion for music of all kinds (perhaps while undertaking another degree at ANU), the School of Music offers tailored sets of courses to meet your needs.

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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music is based around five Majors: Performance, Composition, Musicology, Composition for Film and Video Games and Music Technology.

Upon successful completion of the degree, you will have developed the appropriate...

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Master of Music

What does music mean? Who is it for? And what might be its future?

We're not looking for students who know the answers; we're looking for students who ask the questions.

Enrolling in a Master of Music gives you the opportunity to...

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Higher Degree Research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) postgraduate research degrees are available.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students normally spend a minimum of three years at ANU,...

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Bachelor of Music (Honours)


The Bachelor of Music (Honours) is characterised by the concept of music—be it performance, composition, or musicology — as a research-led process that explores questions relevant to our understanding of what it means to be human and of who we...

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Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer