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 disciplinary knowledge and acquired the skills to:

  1. create, perform, analyse, and critique music of a variety of styles and genres at a level commensurate with the commonly accepted standards of the music profession;
  2. critically apply theoretical frameworks and research techniques to technical, critical, physiological, and aesthetic issues related to music;
  3. identify—including through the interrogation of databases—relevant sources of information about music from across a variety of media (print and digital, written and audiovisual) and judge the importance and reliability of those sources;
  4. evaluate musical ideas and develop creative solutions to musical problems, including through the independent pursuit of knowledge and by making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods;
  5. communicate and debate musical ideas both orally and in writing, and work with others, using a variety of media; and
  6. understand the ethical implications of the research, creation, performance and reception of music.

Combine your degree

The School’s particular physical and organisational prominence within ANU means that we can offer you an extensive range of flexible double degree options to take alongside a music degree as well as ensuring that you can benefit from the vibrant broader campus life of ANU. A flexible double degree allows you to combine two Bachelor degrees of your choice. This can broaden your employment prospects and choice of career pathways or it can simply allow you to pursue your passion for music while achieving a professional qualification in another field.

Degree combinations including the Bachelor of Music are available in two groups:

  • Arts, business, social sciences & science group
  • Law group

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum ATAR of 80 (75 with bonus points). 5 bonus points are available to applicants who have passed AMEB Grade 8 or equivalent, and 4 bonus points for those who have passed AMEB Grade 7 or equivalent.

Performance 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 equivalent qualifications or experience. 

Entry into the Performance stream is on the basis of an audition, and requires students to demonstrate a high level of performance skills.

Entry into the Composition major is on the basis of a portfolio audition, by submitting materials online with your application.

Career prospects

The ANU Bachelor of Music degree not only enables you to develop your love for music, it also provides a foundation for a career. You will graduate with a range of professional skills in practical music making; music education; music advocacy; academic research; entrepreneurship; and media and technology. This is an ideal preparation given that musicians increasingly require a combination of skills to build a ‘portfolio’ career that can involve a mix of work as a performer, teacher, cultural entrepreneur, arts manager, music technologist and scholar.

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