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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.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

16/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Mackay

RECOMMENDED STUDY

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

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. 

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. 

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 a 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 is 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 confidence as a performer in a supportive and collaborative environment.


On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Mackay
Term 2 - 2023Mackay
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 the 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.


No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

IELTS Academic: 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-based: Overall score of 75 with no score less than 17

Pearson Test of English Academic: Overall score of 54 with no score less than 46

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
International Indicative First Term Fee$15,600.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$31,200.00

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

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