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Bachelor of Music (Music Composition)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324062

CRICOS 002801F

The Bachelor of Music provides the intensive professional training required for employment in today’s music industry. It provides a challenging and stimulating learning environment that nurtures highly skilled, flexible and industry-ready graduates.

Music Composition students study a range of techniques and styles as they strive to develop their own compositional “voice” and acquire mastery of the craft of composition. Attention is given to the practical, vocationa laspects of creative music making and the course seeks to develop composers who are technically well equipped in both traditional and modern compositional practice.

Auditions
All prospective students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview for each area of specialisation, regardless of the number or type of music programs they are applying for. The audition/interview will assess each applicant’s current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant’s general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts.

The test comprises:
> aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony
> score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract
> theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords.
For details regarding the audition rounds and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324062
    2016 CSP ATAR 65
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge

    Year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory.

    Alternative entry pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All prospective students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview for each area of specialisation, regardless of the number or type of music programs they are applying for. The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test.

    The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts.

    The test comprises:
    > aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony
    > score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract
    > theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords.

    For details regarding the audition rounds and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music (https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/apply/auditions/).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324062

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 002801F
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Prerequisites
    Music Theory/Practice
    Assumed Knowledge
    Advanced practical skills relevant to chosen specialisation
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Entry to all music programs is subject to satisfactory academic achievement and audition. Please provide the details of the specialisation for which you are auditioning when you apply. Applicants for instrumental or vocal places are required to prepare contrasting works, with a total duration of 10 - 15 minutes. A recording (preferably in DVD format) must be submitted to Student Recruitement and Admissions Services. The recording must be clearly labelled with the applicant's name and instrumental specialisation, and accompanied by a letter of verification (preferably from a teacher) stating that the recording is a true representation of the applicant's performance. A list of pieces studied over the past 2 years is also required. The audition will be assessed for music achievement and potential for study at degree level. Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend a live audition. Off-shore auditions are available at selected locations Seek further information at: http://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/international/apply/
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,375

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Music Tutor, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Musician, Composer, Entertainment Industry, Recording Artist / Musician

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:    

    > Simpson College (US)
    > University of Canterbury (NZ)
    > McGill University (Canada)
    > University of Southampton (UK)
  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

     

    Example Study Plan

    A study plan is available on the Conservatorium's website.
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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

 

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