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Course Duration: Minimum
1 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Dr Anne-Maree Forbes: (03) 6226 7351 or
The Bachelor of Music with Honours degree is a 1-year (minimum) full-time course, offering specialisations in Performance, Composition, Professional Practice or Musicology. The Professional Practice specialisation is open to highly gifted orchestral musicians desiring the dedicated training and pre-professional experiences in orchestral practice necessary for entry into the profession, as well the solo performer, classical or contemporary, wishing to develop chamber music expertise. The degree is for highly gifted musicians who seek to continue musical studies beyond the undergraduate level. The purpose of the year is to allow students to immerse themselves in one area of specialisation and determine, through the year of study, the musical future they wish to pursue. Upon completion of Honours successful students interested in pursuing a higher research degree may apply to Master or PhD study or, for practitioners keen to perfect skills and artistry, a two-year coursework Masters of Music program.
These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BMus(Hons) in semester 2, 2012. For students who commenced prior to semester 2, 2012, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2005 should refer to the 2005 Handbook.
Admission & Prerequisites
Entry to the Honours program is by formal application. Candidates are expected to have a good academic record, and to have satisfied minimum criteria as either: successful completion of a Pass degree in Music with high achievement in the area of specialization, have successfully completed at least two undergraduate level music history and grades of Credit or better in other level 300 units; or demonstrate equivalent professional attainment.
Formal application process:
Applicants are required to attend an audition and interview and to undertake a written placement test. Overseas/interstate applicants may submit a certified DVD or CD of a recent performance.
Instrumental and vocal applicants should prepare a program of approximately 30 minutes duration, comprising three works of contrasting style and period.
Composition applicants should present a folio of at least three compositions, including excellent quality CD recordings of the best performances of their work.
The program emphasises the need for a spirit of excellence and a strong sense of independent inquiry. The Bachelor of Music with Honours aims to increase students' breadth of knowledge, and to foster greater capacity to engage in academic and practical excellence. The degree provides time and opportunity for highly gifted musicians who seek to continue musical studies beyond the undergraduate level. The course of study undertaken encourages musicians with the potential to pursue high-level performance or scholarly careers to immerse themselves in one specialisation and determine, through the year of study, the musical future they wish to pursue.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Music with Honours are engaged at all levels of the music profession, both in Australia and overseas. They enjoy successful careers as performers, composers, teachers and administrators, or may be involved in broadcasting, journalism or as music critics.
Articulation to/from Course
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance, Composition or Musicology may apply for entry to a higher degree (Masters or PhD) in accordance with policies governing candidature for such admission.
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Music with Honours in the Professional Practice specialisation may apply for entry to the two-year Master of Music (coursework) and be credited with 100% (of the required 200%) of study. Students who completed the Professional Practice specialization who wish to apply for entry to a higher research degree (Masters or PhD) will first need to complete the Exegesis Project unit, which may be taken through study in the Graduate Certificate in Music (Specialisation) degree.