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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music is based around five core areas of study: Performance; Composition; Musicology; Music Technology; Composition for Film and Video Games.

 
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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 are.

 

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.

 

Higher Degree Research programs

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

 

Graduate Certificate of Studies

The Graduate Certificate of Studies is a flexible option for graduate studies at ANU for students whose needs are not met by following a program of study in a single academic discipline. 

 

 

Specific program requirments

  1. apply through UAC
  2. register your application and/or apply for an AUDITION

Applications are welcome from school leavers and mature age students Australia wide and internationally. Applications can be made for entry in either first and second semester.

Domestic Students

The ANU School of Music is part of the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) network, so all Australian and New Zealand undergraduate candidates must apply to UAC. Most undergraduate applications are made via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) website. The UAC application form is also available in the Student Information Guide (SIG) issued to all NSW ACT year 12 students.

Applications usually open in August for Semester 1 entry and in April for Semester 2 entry. When completing the UAC application form please use the School of Music codes.

International Students

Please see the ANU Website for closing dates and application procedure. General info can be found on the International Office page.

Entry Requirements

Admission into the program is based on ATAR, including up to 10 bonus points.The normal minimum ATAR for entry into the Bachelor of Music is 80.0.

Applicants will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to NSW Music 2 or Music Extension, or AMEB Grade 5 theory or performance, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Bonus Points

Applicants may receive 5 Academic Bonus Points for the successful completion of AMEB Grade 8, ANZSCA Grade 8, Trinity College Grade 8, ABRSM Grade 8, or equivalent proficiency demonstrated at audition or for students who wish to pursue non performance pathways (composition, musicology, music technology) as evidenced through the Undergraduate Applicant Profile.

Audition panels will have at least two members including at least one member off the full time academic staff. The Panel will make a yes/no recommendation to the Head of School as to whether or not the applicant has the equivalent of a pass in AMEB Grade 8. If so, 5 bonus points will be awarded.

Performance Auditions

Entry to Performance courses is by audition. Applicants wishing to enrol in Performance courses must register for an audition. Students unable to attend a live audition may submit a digital audition.

Undergraduate Applicant Profile

While not mandatory, all applicants are strongly encouraged to register their application with us and complete the Undergraduate Applicant Profile form. Your Undergraduate Applicant Profile will enable us to;
facilitate a more personal audition experience for students applying for admission to the Performance courses.

  • apply bonus points to non-performance focused students based on other evidence (i.e. compositions, essays, recordings) of their musical aptitude.
  • assess all applicants equitably for available scholarships.

Applications for entry into the Honours program are considered twice a year, in June and October.

Prior to application students should contact Dr Stephen Loy, Honours Convenor (E stephen.loy@anu.edu.au P 02 6125 7635) for information regarding the program and advice on developing a proposal.

Current ANU students

You will need to submit the following application form:

Application for Admission to Honours

Transferring to Honours at ANU from another university?

You will need to submit the following application forms:

Selection Process

Applications for entry to the School of Music Honours program are assessed on:

  • prior academic achievement
  • the merit of the submitted Honours Proposal
  • as required, a performance audition*

Students wishing to specialise in Performance who have not completed MUSI3301 Music Performance 5 and MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 with at least a distinction average prior to commencing the Honours program should register for an audition.

Honours Proposal guidelines

A research topic, providing the specific focus of your honours program, is required in each stream. Depending on the chosen stream outcomes of your research topic are presented in both written and creative form. In the Performance stream, your recitals should represent aspects of your research. Similarly in the Composition, Arranging and Sound Design stream, your compositions or other creative work should also represent aspects of your research. In both cases, the creative results of your research are accompanied by a written exegesis that explores the creative components of your program as part of the research process. In the Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Curatorship stream, your research will be presented in the form of a written thesis.

Application for the honours program requires the submission of a topic proposal of between 350 and 500 words. Your proposal provide a clear sense of the research topic, and demonstrate some understanding of relevant literature, theoretical frameworks and methodologies. A strong proposal would include:

  • A topic title
  • A discussion of the aims of the research topic
  • A brief consideration of existing relevant literature and other sources
  • A consideration of relevant theoretical frameworks
  • An outline of relevant methodologies
  • A discussion of particular requirements of the project (required resources etc.)

Entry requirements

Entry requires the completion of a Bachelor of Music degree with an average mark of at least a distinction; written permission of the honours convenor; and written agreement of a staff member to supervise the sub-thesis.

Applications can be made for entry in either first and second semester.  Applications usually open in August for Semester 1 entry and in April for Semester 2 entry.

Domestic Students

Most Domestic Graduate Coursework applications are made via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) website. When completing the UAC application form please use the School of Music codes.

International Students

International students apply direct to ANU. Please see the ANU Website for closing dates and application procedure. General information can be found on the International Office page.

Specialisation Requirements

In addition to the information requested via a Universities Admission Centre (UAC) or by direct application, applicants must finalise their application as per the guidelines listed below related to their intended area of specialisation:

Performance:

Students wishing to specialise in Performance who have not completed MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 with a mark of at least 65 prior to commencing the Graduate Certificate of Music should register for an audition.

Postgraduate (coursework) Performance Auditions

  • Applicants should prepare a program of three contrasting pieces (accompanied or unaccompanied).
  • International students and domestic students unable to attend a live audition should submit a digital audition.

 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design:

Students who have not completed MUSI3304 Advanced Composition and Arrangement 2 with a mark of at least 65 prior to commencing the Graduate Certificate of Music must submit a portfolio.

Portfolio guidelines

Sam Bennett, Calvin Bowman to populate

Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatorship:

Applicants wishing to specialise in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatoriship must submit a portfolio.

Portfolio guidelines

Kate Bowan and Aaron Corn to populate

Applications can be made for entry in either first and second semester.  Applications usually open in August for Semester 1 entry and in April for Semester 2 entry.

Domestic Students

Most Domestic Graduate Coursework applications are made via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) website. When completing the UAC application form please use the School of Music codes.

International Students

International students apply direct to ANU. Please see the ANU Website for closing dates and application procedure. General info can be found on the International Office page.

Specialisation Requirements

In addition to the information requested via a Universities Admission Centre (UAC) or by direct application, applicants must finalise their application as per the guidelines listed below related to their intended area of specialisation:

Performance:

Students wishing to specialise in Performance who have not completed MUSI7001 Graduate Performance 1 with a mark of at least 65 prior to commencing the Master of Music should register for an audition.
 

Postgraduate (coursework) Performance Auditions

  • Applicants should prepare a program of three contrasting pieces (accompanied or unaccompanied).
  • International students and domestic students unable to attend a live audition should submit a digital audition.

 Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design:

Students wishing to specialise in Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design who have not completed MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 with a mark of at least 65 prior to commencing the Master of Music must submit a portfolio.
 

Portfolio guidelines

Sam Bennett, Calvin Bowman to populate

Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatorship:

Applicants wishing to specialise in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatoriship must submit a portfolio.
 

Portfolio guidelines

Kate Bowan and Aaron Corn to populate

Higher Degree Research applicants can apply to the program at any time. However, if you wish to be considered for APA and ANU postgraduate scholarships the Application deadline is October 31 each year.

For general information, please see the ANU Graduate Research Online Handbook.

Download Domestic and International student application forms.

School of Music special requirements

In addition to ANU entry requirements for HDR students, applicants will need to demonstrate they have the capacity to pursue research at Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level in the School of Music. Assessment of this is based on the applicant's prior achievement in the discipline and the merit of a submitted research proposal. In addition, the School's capacity to provide appropriate human and material resources is taken into consideration.

As such, in addition to the information requested on the ANU Application Form, an application should provide the following:

  • A Research Proposal of three to four pages (i.e. maximum of 2000 words), which addresses the Research Proposal Guidelines below.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of ability to satisfactorily engage with theoretical matters and complete written research material. This could include papers submitted for prior degrees (essay, thesis etc) or published material including journal articles, reviews etc.

The application procedure

Prospective applicants are invited to consult with Dr Aaron Corn, HDR Convenor (E aaron.corn@anu.edu.au P 02 6125 1228). Consideration of a Research Proposal may involve critical feedback, advice and subsequent amendment and re-submission of the Proposal.

Research Proposal guidelines

Click here for information that will help to guide the preparation of your Research Proposal. 

Additional information

International applicants should see the International Office website for information regarding language requirements, and for other relevant information about studying at ANU.

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