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Bachelor of Music

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324061
324901

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.

Program options include majors in: Music Performance - Classical, Music Performance - Jazz, Classical Voice, Composition, Musicology, Popular Music & Creative Technologies, Sonic Arts, and Music Education and Pedagogy. Majors comprise at least 24 units, supported by a range of musicianship courses and other electives.

The Bachelor of Music is also available as a double degree with the Bachelor of Arts.

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?

    Apply through SATAC www.satac.edu.au
    2016 CSP ATAR 65
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your year 12 Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is used in the case of a tie-breaker.
    Assumed Knowledge
    Assumed knowledge varies for the different specialisations available in the Bachelor of Music.

    Classical Performance - Year 12 Solo Performance or AMEB Practical Grade 6-7, plus Year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory.
    Classical Voice - Year 12 Solo Performance or AMEB Practical Grade 6-7, plus Year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory.
    Jazz Performance - Year 12 Solo Performance or CPM Advancing Step 4, plus Year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory.
    Composition - Year 12 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory.
    Popular Music and Creative Technologies - A familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware.
    Sonic Arts - A familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware.
    Musicology - The ability to read music is expected.
    Music Education/Pedagogy - As per relevant specialisation.



    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Further ranking according to the level of TAFE award is undertaken in the case of a tie-breaker.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other 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
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    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
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1120
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    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

    Accompanist, Jazz Musician, Band Musician, Music Journalist / Music Critic, Music Teacher, Music Technologist, Music Theory Teacher, Music Tutor, Musical Theatre Performer, Musician, Musician / Singer, Musicologist, Opera Singer, Orchestral Musician, Composer, Conductor, Recording Artist / Musician, Singer, Instrumentalist

  • 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.

     

    Areas of Specialisation

    • Classical Voice
    • Music Composition
    • Music Education and Pedagogy
    • Music Performance – Classical
    • Music Performance – Jazz
    • Musicology
    • Popular Music and Creative Technologies
    • Sonic Arts

    Example Study Plan

    Study plans for all majors in the Bachelor of Music are available on the Conservatorium's website.

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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

 

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