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2007 Bachelor of Music Studies(F3M)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 9 yrs.
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The Bachelor of Music Studies provides a quality tertiary qualification at the undergraduate level. The educational objectives of this degree is to allow for a general appreciation of music to expand over three years to a deeper level of knowledge, understanding and skill, in both the applied and academic subjects that makes up the discipline of music, such as is required for a Bachelor degree.

All students will study core units in music theory, music history, aural and audio/technology skills. Beyond that students choose electives that will allow them to specialise in areas of interest and increase their knowledge to a high level of achievement.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BMusSt in 2007. For students who commenced prior to 2007, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2004 should refer to the 2004 Handbook.

Admission & Prerequisites

Normal university entrance requirements apply.

All applicants are required to undertake an admission written test and interview. Qualified applicants for the specialized elective stream of solo performance/ composition/ensembles will be invited to audition/submit a portfolio of work.

For individual performance/composition majors: It would desirable but not essential for applicants to have: pre-tertiary TCE Music, an AMEB theory level of Grade 4, and for performers an AMEB performance level of Grade 5 or 6.

The Admission written test will act to inform the audition/interview panel of the applicant's level of musical theoretical and history knowledge as well as aural and general writing abilities prior to the commencement of tertiary study.

Performance Audition: the candidate should prepare three short contrasting pieces to show their skill in the area of solo performance.

Through Interview, the panel will be able to investigate the thoroughness of the applicant's musical background and career aspirations.

Articulation to/from Course

Students who complete the first year of the award and who wish to continue instruction in the major study area (solo instrument, voice or music composition) may apply to audition for the Bachelor of Music. Once they have completed that degree they may be eligible for the BMus Honours in the performance/composition/musicology streams.

Students who complete the AssocDegMusSt may apply to articulate into the BMusSt. All units successfully completed in the AssocDegMusSt could potentially be credited towards the BMusSt. NB: The Bachelor of Music Studies does have required units so, for complete credit transfer from the Associate degree, unit choice would need to comply with the more structured schedule of the BMusSt.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Music Studies may apply for the BMus(Honours) musicology stream, (provided they have completed the prerequisite level 300 music history units and 25% language unit)

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