Bachelor of Music

Find your rhythm  

Music is a gift to be cultivated and nourished in society. It broadens our understanding and appreciation of the world.

Musicians are hard-working, creative, collaborative, analytical and empathetic. They are passionate, and understand the innate value of their work.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Music welcomes you into a fun and challenging community. Depending on your interests, you’ll get chances to:  

  • work with international performers, teachers and guest artists
  • compose, record, mix, master and produce sonic projects
  • understand the music industry and issues shaping it
  • explore cultural, historical and stylistic aspects of Western and non-Western music
  • receive intensive professional training and one-on-one tuition
  • perform in musical theatre productions.

We offer unique specialisations in:

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

Where could it take you?

Our graduates go on to all sorts of exciting music careers. You could travel the world as an orchestral musician. You might compose film scores or video game soundtracks. Perhaps you’ll grace the stage as an opera singer, or review concerts and interview artists as a music journalist.

 

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324901
Deferment No
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Minimum eligibility score N/A
Additional criteria considered Audition required
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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.
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://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions).
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your STAT rank is used in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324901

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Scholarships

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

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Careers

Potential careers

Music Educator, Music Festival Director, DJ, Songwriter, Sound Artist, Sound Engineer, Vocal Coach, Vocalist, Instrumental Teacher, 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, ...

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
  • Sonic Arts

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

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Testimonial

This degree has been one step in the lifelong journey of developing as a musician. It has enabled me to meet, network, and make music with a wide range of brilliant musicians, and given me insight and access to more career opportunities than I first imagined!

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021