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Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) - CG51

The Bachelor of Music is designed to provide specialist training in Jazz and Popular Music, Music Studies or Performance. You will be involved in a conservatoire-style environment that offers intensive individual training with professional musicians and gain valuable performance experience.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

UNITS/CREDITS

24/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Cairns, Mackay, Townsville, Online

PRE-REQUISITES

Audition and interview

RECOMMENDED STUDY

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

CRICOS

069478C

The Bachelor of Music is designed to provide specialist training in Jazz and Popular Music, Music Studies or Performance. Benefit from hands-on experience that is combined with academic study in the interpretation and understanding of music. This challenging and exciting course will expose you to a variety of learning experiences and you will benefit from the professional experience you will gain by performing in various university, community and professional settings.

During your studies, you will be involved in a conservatoire-style environment that offers intensive individual training with professional musicians.

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 4 Major Units 20
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 24 units. These include four core music units and a specialisation. Under the specialisation, 20 units need to be completed for this course.

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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Cairns, Mackay, Townsville
Term 2 - 2020Cairns, Mackay, Townsville
Term 2 - 2021Cairns, Mackay, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
MajorsUnitsDescription
Contemporary20

This major is only available on the Noosa campus.

Jazz and Popular20

This major is only available at the Mackay campus.

Music Studies20

This major is available only by distance education.

Performance20

This major is available on the Mackay campus and also by distance education.


MAJOR OPTIONS
Jazz and Popular Music (Mackay only)
This major has a strong practical focus and enables you to develop knowledge and practical experience through performance (vocal or instrumental), composition and arrangement in a variety of jazz and popular music styles. You will have individual lessons on your chosen instrument with experienced teachers who are the best in their field. These one-on-one lessons are conducted in a range of modes including video technology, allowing you to study with some of the best teachers in the country no matter where you are studying. You will also study units in music theory, music history and music technology to prepare you thoroughly for a career in music performance or for further post-graduate studies in education and performing arts.

Music Studies (online only)

If you choose to undertake the Music Studies major you will focus on the historical, theoretical and cultural contexts of western music and classical, jazz or contemporary popular music. You will have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own timetable using the comprehensive online resources provided for each of your units. You will also have the opportunity to study units in music theory, composition and arranging, music history and music technology to prepare you thoroughly for a career in music or for further post-graduate studies in education and performing arts. This major may be suitable if you would like to study a general music course via online study.

Performance (Cairns, Mackay, Townsville and online)

This major has a strong practical focus and enables you to develop knowledge and practical experience through performance (vocal or instrumental) or composition in a wide variety of music styles. You will have individual lessons on your chosen instrument with experienced teachers who are the best in their field. If you are studying on-campus this will include regular face-to-face lessons*. For those students studying by online study mode, you will access your vocal, instrumental or composition lessons through video technology, allowing you to study with some of the best teachers in the country without having to move on-campus. You will also study units in music theory, music history and music technology to prepare you thoroughly for a career in music performance or for further post-graduate studies in education and performing arts.

* Not all units for the Performance specialisation are available on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. Regular one-on-one lessons will be delivered using video technology throughout the course.

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, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

Domestic students - Prerequisites: audition and interview


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 or voice.

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
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.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
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 and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

QueenslandONL: 850965; TVL: 800962; CNS: 820962; MKY: 860962
Western AustraliaONL: 150821
New South WalesONL: 160821
VictoriaONL: 1700110801
South AustraliaONL: 5C4044


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.

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 (Specialisation).

The Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) offers the chance to specialise in jazz and popular music, music studies or performance while 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.


If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

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 (Performance or Music Studies specialisations) 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 Apply via SATAC
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.


OPTION 2: 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: ARE YOU A RETURNING CQUNI STUDENT OR CHANGING YOUR CQUNI COURSE? APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.

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

I wanted to improve my technique and performance level and to gain more confidence. I have gained so much more. I’ve had so many opportunities to perform and learn from amazing guest artists and our lecturers.

Yue Pheng Her

Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Popular Music)

MY STORY