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Bachelor of Music (Music Education and Pedagogy)

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324066

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 Education and Pedagogy prepares students for careers in professional music education. Students develop their skills as music teachers in primary and secondary schools, and private studios.

Students develop their skills and understanding in instrumental/vocal music teaching and learning in schools and private studio settings as well as value adding to their skills in their creative speciality. An emphasis on the practical application of ideas and concepts ensures students are involved in an variety of practice teaching activities.

Studying teaching as well as a creative specialty often leads students to broaden their expertise (such as a wider variety of musical styles or an additional musical instrument) so that graduates can emerge with a suite of skills that allows them to pursue a “portfolio” career in instrumental/vocal teaching, performance and complementary musical activities.

Further study will be required to be eligible to apply for South Australian teacher registration.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324066
    2017 CSP ATAR 65
    2017 CSP IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge As per relevant specialisation
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All Bachelor of Music (Music Education & Pedagogy) students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview.

    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.

    To apply for an audition/interview and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music

    Alternative entry pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324066

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 002801F
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    International Qualifications Music Theory/Practice
    Assumed Knowledge Advanced practical skills relevant to chosen specialisation
    Additional Entry Requirements
    International students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a recorded audition video/folio of works. Auditions/folios must address the criteria specific to the applicant's instrument/area of study. For information regarding audition requirements, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music

    Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend an in-person audition, off-shore auditions may be available in selected locations.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500


    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

    Arts Administrator, Music Teacher, Music Theory Teacher, Music Tutor, Classroom Music Teacher

  • 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 to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:  
    > Simpson College (US)
    > University of Canterbury (NZ)
    > McGill University (Canada)
    > University of Southampton (UK)
  • Degree Structure

    Students of Music Education and Pedagogy undertake core education courses in addition to courses in a secondary area of study (one of the other 7 majors offered in the Bachelor of Music).

    Academic Program Rules

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


    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 ARTS 1007

    The Enquiring Mind

    (semester 1 or 2)
    MUSEP 1103
    Music Education Performance Studies 1A
    MUSEP 1101

    Foundations of Music Education 1A
    MUSSUPST 1001
    Musicianship Fundamentals 1A
    Broadening/ Music Elective Level MUSEP 1104
    Music Education Performance Studies 1B
    MUSEP 1102

    Foundations of Music Education 1B
    MUSSUPST 1002
    Musicianship Fundamentals 1B
    Year 2 Broadening/ Music Elective Level MUSEP 2103
    Music Education Performance Studies 2
    MUSEP 2101
    Music Education in Theory & Practice 2A
    MUSSUPST 2001
    Musicianship 2A
    Broadening/ Music Elective Level MUSGEN 2010
    Foundations of Conducting
    MUSEP 2102
    Music Education in Theory & Practice 2B
    MUSSUPST 2002
    Musicianship 2B
    Year 3 Broadening/ Music Elective Level 3 MUSEP 3102
    Music Education Performance Studies 3
    MUSEP 3101
    Music Education in Theory & Practice 3
    MUSSUPST 3001
    Musicianship 3
    Broadening/ Music Elective Level 3 Broadening/ Music Elective

    Level 3
    MUSICOL 3100
    Music Research & Professional Practice

    6 units
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017