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Bachelor of Music - CG51

Launch a successful local, national or global career in music with our Bachelor of Music. With specialist training in vocal or instrumental performance, composition or singer/songwriting, you will graduate with the skills necessary to be an industry-ready, music professional. Our flexible and innovative degree allows you to focus on a broad range of music styles including western art music, jazz or contemporary music.

Study at our Mackay campus and benefit from a comprehensive conservatoire style environment with expectations of high standards of performance, musicianship and scholarship, or benefit from the flexibility to study completely online, anywhere in Australia.  

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

UNITS/CREDITS

16/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Cairns, Mackay, Online

PREREQUISITES

Audition and interview

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Year 12 studies in music or the equivalent private music study in your chosen instrument or voice.

CRICOS

069478C

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Music is designed to prepare you for a professional career in the music industry. Offering specialist training in vocal or instrumental performance, composition or singer/songwriting, you will graduate with the skills necessary to be an industry-ready music professional. Our flexible and innovative degree allows you to focus on a broad range of music styles including western art music, jazz or contemporary music. The Bachelor of Music allows you to focus your strengths and interests by pursuing minors in performance, ensemble training, music technology, musicology and music pedagogy.

During your course, you will learn foundational aspects of the language of music from western art-music tradition to contemporary popular music styles and examine the role of prominent performers, composers, lyricists, and music producers in the development of these styles. In your first term, you will engage in practical music studies focusing on foundational level repertoire and technical work in your chosen instrument, voice or composition. In your second term, you will build on your knowledge and technical skills further through a combination of theoretical and technical learning activities. Throughout your second and third years, you will continue to build your knowledge and skills applicable to modern music while studying your chosen minors in performance, ensemble training, music technology, musicology and music pedagogy. 

Choose to study on campus in Mackay and be involved in a comprehensive conservatoire style environment with expectations of high standards of performance, musicianship and scholarship. A rigorous performance schedule in various university, community and professional settings is one of the strengths of this course, as is the development of individual skill in a supportive, collaborative environment. The flexible delivery model allows you to study completely online anywhere in Australia. As a leader in online music study, this course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your solo music performance skills with highly specialised music staff via innovative video technology. 

You will benefit from hands-on experience combined with academic study in the interpretation and understanding of music. On completion of the course, you will have the knowledge and practical skills to be successful in your chosen career.

To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition.

Core Units 12 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units 4

Course structure

You are required to complete 24 units. These include 12 core music units and three minors from the following options:

  • performance
  • ensemble training
  • music technology
  • musicology 
  • music pedagogy
  • liberal arts

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Your choices

Whether you choose to teach or perform, CQUniversity’s innovative range of music-related study options are sure to meet your interests and career aspirations.
Our Diploma of Music is ideal if you are looking to enter the music industry or want to further your tertiary studies. It develops fundamental musical knowledge and performance skills. On completion, you may commence year two of the Bachelor of Music.

The Bachelor of Music offers specialist training in vocal or instrumental performance, composition or singer/songwriting focussed on a broad range of music styles including western art music, jazz or contemporary music. Benefit being part of a conservatoire-style environment that offers intensive individual training with professional musicians. You will open the door to a range of careers in the music industry such as professional musician, recording or sound engineer, performing or recording artist or composer, and may also like to consider teaching, private studio work, and music-related careers in arts administration, communication or creative industries businesses.

Real-world opportunities

As a music student at CQUniversity, you will participate in a rigorous performance schedule in various university, community and professional settings whilst being supported by CQUniversity academic staff who are all active participants in the creative arts.

You will benefit from a blend of practice-based tuition and theory that provides a solid foundation of skills and knowledge and practical experience. You will gain your confidence as a performer in a supportive and collaborative environment.


On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Cairns, Mackay
Term 2 - 2022Cairns, Mackay
Term 2 - 2023Cairns, Mackay

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online

Term 2 Intake

You have the option to study this course full or part-time. If you commence this course in Term 2, 2022, and choose to study full-time the minimum duration will be 3.5 years. 

MinorsUnitsDescription
Liberal Arts4
Music Ensemble 4
Musicology4
Music Pedagogy4
Music Performance4
Music Technology4

Choose a minor to suit you

Benefit from a choice of minors to tailor your studies to suit your career goals or learning interests. Discover more about each minor below, what you will learn and where it can take you

MINOROVERVIEW
Liberal Arts Minor

This minor is suitable for students wishing to transfer credit from another course, or international study experience, into the Bachelor of Music. You will require approval from the Head of Course to enrol in the Liberal Arts minor, as well as approval for the choice of units to be included in this minor. Our Course Advice Team will assist students interested in this minor option.

Music Ensemble Minor

Within this suite of units, you will develop practical, technical and artistic ensemble skills required to be a successful musician. These music ensemble units give you the opportunity to work in various performance, technical and creative roles as appropriate to develop skills in problem-solving, creative, self-regulated and critical thinking, within a team-based environment. This minor has a limited number of places entry requires approval from Head of Course. 

Musicology Minor

Musicology is the scholarly analysis of music. Within this suite of units, you will study the history and cultural development of a range of musical styles including baroque, classical, romanticism, modernism, jazz and 20th century music. You will develop aural, analytical and research skills within these areas of focus. It is expected that you will possess a good understanding of music notation and stylistic analysis before entering this minor.

Music Pedagogy Minor

You will learn the theoretical and practical methods of effective studio teaching in music and develop the pedagogical skills and concepts required to deliver successful group instrumental music instruction and ensemble direction. This includes the focus on three areas: One-on-one studio tuition, multi-instrument instruction and conducting technique. It is expected that you will possess an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in an instrument or voice to complete this minor.

Music Performance Minor

Within this minor you will develop advanced skills and artistic expression through practical music studies relating to your primary study area. This primary study area can be an instrument, voice, singer/songwriting or composition and through this minor you will explore advanced repertoire and technical work from a variety of musical styles. It is expected that you will commence this minor at a high level of proficiency in your instrument, voice, singer/songwriting or composition and continue to advanced levels of technical proficiency and artistic expression. This minor has a limited number of places entry requires approval from Head of Course.

Music Technology Minor

In this suite of units, you will expand upon the fundamentals of audio recording and mixing to develop skills in a range of music technology applications. You will learn the fundamental principles and application of sound design techniques and recording in the production of a podcast. In addition, you will learn the fundamentals of electronic music production and composition, mastering and music distribution. You will be required to purchase specific music technology equipment and software to complete this minor.


Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Student profile

If you would like to read about the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

For entry into this course, all applicants will be required to successfully complete an audition and interview.

Further information regarding auditions, including the audition guidelines can be found via https://www.cqu.edu.au/cqcm

Security Requirements

N/A

Health Requirements

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

Year 12 studies in music or the equivalent private music study in your chosen instrument, voice or composition portfolio.

Completion of the Bachelor of Music will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as a:

  • professional musician
  • recording or sound engineer
  • performing or recording artist
  • composer
  • private music educator
  • educator at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels (once suitable postgraduate qualifications in education have been obtained).

not applicable

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,016.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

ABOUT FEES

Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.
Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 1. Some units may fall within Band 2 and/or 3.
HECS-HELP and payment options HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

QueenslandONL: 850965; TVL: 800962; CNS: 820962; MKY: 860962
Western AustraliaONL: 150821
New South WalesONL: 160821
VictoriaONL: 1700110801


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.


What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.


Don't forget to register for an audition

After you have submitted your application, you will need to register for an audition. You can do this by clicking on the Register for an Audition button below.

For everything you need to know about auditions at CQUniversity including any supporting documentation required, such as artistic resume and medical certificates view our auditions guidelines.

Register for an Audition


Option 1: In most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre (TAC)

Whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago, you will need to submit your application for this course via a TAC.

Want to study on campus?
To apply to study this course on campus, submit your application via QTAC.

Apply via QTAC

Want to study online?
To apply to study the Bachelor of Music online, you will need to submit your application via a TAC based on where you live. View the table below to see which TAC to apply through.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory, Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUni

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

After you have submitted your application, make sure you register for an audition by clicking on the Register for an Audition button above.


Option2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

After you have submitted your application, make sure you register for an audition by clicking on the Register for an Audition button above Option 1.

ApplyCQUni


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.

After you have submitted your application, don't forget to register for an audition by clicking on the Register for an Audition button above Option 1.

Apply direct

STUDY MUSIC AT CQUNI

Transcript

The people are amazing and the staff are very supportive. I have access to equipment that I could have only dreamed about.

Chloe Pitt

Bachelor of Music