Courses

Bachelor of Music

HEASSAPM

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music recognises that great musicians require a solid musical foundation, skills to adapt to current trends and awareness of a global spectrum of music.

The Bachelor of Music will help you improve your skills and knowledge, bringing together performance, theory, aural, composition, technology, and self-management skills. Expand your creativity and realise your potential in the music industry with the Bachelor of Music!

Designed to prepare you for an exciting career in the contemporary music industry, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music recognises that great musicians require a solid musical foundation, skills to adapt to current trends and awareness of a global spectrum of music.

Today’s musician requires a breath of skill and knowledge bringing together performance, theory, command of the latest technologies, and self-management skills. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music prepares you for a wide range of career options by expanding your ability to create, perceive and imagine in the world of music.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music will possess the following attributes:

  • Performance – Perform professionally in a diverse range of contemporary and intercultural contexts
  • Music Technology – Demonstrate both deep and broad theoretical understanding and accomplished application of technological principles and practices in audio recording, composition, arranging and performance
  • Music Business – Contextualize their position in the music industry, identify and embrace opportunities, and effectively self-manage, self-promote and strategize career development
  • Research – Engage in traditional and practice-based research, and disseminate findings through formal writing, presentations in a variety of media and practical outcomes
  • Continuous Development – Apply creativity, initiative, discipline, problem-solving strategies and aesthetic appreciation to continuously improve themselves as active, adaptable and ethical members of society
  • Interpersonal and Teamwork skills – Demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to a diverse range of professional, performance and collaborative contexts
  • Musicianship – Articulate and demonstrate a highly developed practical understanding of melody, harmony and rhythm in professional practice and/or scholarship

Teachers and industry connections

Your teachers in the Bachelor of Music maintain strong and active ties with the music industry, being active performers, composers and arrangers as well as educators. Their industry involvement is recognised through awards, grants and prizes from industry bodies such as APRA/AMCOS, The Australian Jazz Bell Awards and The Australia Council for the Arts. The teachers tour and study interstate and overseas to create global industry ties and maintain currency.

Full-time/ongoing lecturers, include:

Our teaching staff also includes dozens of casual staff who are key practitioners in the Melbourne scene.

Resources

You will have access to the state-of-the-art theatre (Yarra Edge Music Centre) with full production and recording capabilities.

There are ample practice rooms equipped with drum kits, piano, PA and amplifiers, all able to be reserved online. You will also use:

  • Mac labs with full complement of music software
  • well-resourced library with three levels including Higher Education study area and music-equipped Macs.

Employment outcomes

The vocational outcomes for students include: self-employment as an arranger, performer, composer, sound and audio engineer, songwriter, small business operator, music programmer, director, creative director, private studio teacher, community music director, sound creator and sound technician. Graduates may also gain specialist jobs in the music industry including music media, equipment, publishing and record companies.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Yarra Edge Music
Centre Building G
Melbourne Polytechnic
Fairfield Campus
Bookings and info: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/custom-events/bachelor-of-music-showcase/

Local Students

Code

HEASSAPM

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368432

Campuses

Fairfield

Department

Performing Arts - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: available


Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Individual lessons, Workshops, Classroom

Fees

Per Semester: $8575
Per Year: $17150

To view the schedule of tuition fees for 2019, click here.

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including assignments, music recitals, practical demonstrations, aural and written exams, oral presentations, and folio work

Materials

All required materials are outlined in the course information manual and Subject Outlines provided upon commencement.

Entrance Requirements

NOTE
  • All applicants must successfully compete an audition and interview.
  • Audition performance requirements: (approx.: level: AMEB 6th grade).
  • Audition music craft requirements: theory (approx. AMEX grade 4), technique (instrumental/vocal), aural recognition and music reading skills
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) School leavers will need to have satisfactorily completed VCE (or equivalent) with no specified minimum ATAR score. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study The successful completion of a VET diploma in any discipline will be taken into consideration as part of the audition and interview process. Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) graduates are eligible to articulate into 2nd year of Bachelor of Music. Applicants with higher education A complete or incomplete higher education qualification in any discipline will be taken into consideration as part of the audition and interview process. Applicants with work and life experience Applicants will need to demonstrate relevant industry or life experience and the capacity to work at degree level.

Pathways to further study

The Bachelor of Music also works as a stepping-stone to higher qualifications such as a Master of Teaching, which is required for many ongoing teaching positions in music

Career Pathways

As a graduate, you will be qualified as an arranger, performer, composer, sound and audio engineer, songwriter, small business operator, music programmer, director, creative director, private studio teacher, community music director, sound creator and sound technician. You may also gain specialist jobs in the music industry including music media, equipment, publishing and record companies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

International Students

Code

HEASSAPM

CRICOS Code

074625K

Campuses

Fairfield

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Modes of Delivery

Individual lessons, Workshops, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $10050
  • Tuition fees per year: $20100
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Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency, to include studies in music (group and/or solo performance)
English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: Applicants are required to participate in an interview and audition

Interviews and auditions by Skype or telephone are available for applicants overseas or interstate
For further information, please email: Creative Arts Department

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including assignments, music recitals, practical demonstrations, aural and written exams, oral presentations, and folio work

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Pathways to further study

The Bachelor of Music also works as a stepping-stone to higher qualifications such as a Master of Teaching, which is required for many ongoing teaching positions in music

Career Pathways

As a graduate, you will be qualified as an arranger, performer, composer, sound and audio engineer, songwriter, small business operator, music programmer, director, creative director, private studio teacher, community music director, sound creator and sound technician. You may also gain specialist jobs in the music industry including music media, equipment, publishing and record companies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
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Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
BOM110 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC THEORY 1
BOM111 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 1
BOM112 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 1
BOM113 INTERCULTURAL ENSEMBLE
BOM114 CULTURE & CONTEXT OF MUSIC
BOM115 MUSIC PRACTICE 1
BOM120 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC THEORY 2
BOM121 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 2
BOM122 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 2
BOM123 INTERCULTURAL ENSEMBLE 2
BOM124 CAREER STRATEGIES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
BOM125 MUSIC PRACTICE 2
BOM210 CONTEMPORARY ARRANGING 1
BOM211 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 3
BOM212 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 3
BOM213 INTERCULTURAL ENSEMBLE 3
BOM214 MUSIC MEANING, AESTHETICS AND CRITICISM
BOM215 MUSIC PRACTICE 3
BOM216 MUSIC COMPOSITION 1
BOM220 CONTEMPORARY ARRANGING 2
BOM221 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 4
BOM222 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 4
BOM223 INTERCULTURAL ENSEMBLE 4
BOM224 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
BOM225 MUSIC PRACTICE 4
BOM226 MUSIC COMPOSITION 2
BOM310 COMPOSING FOR MEDIA
BOM311 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 5
BOM312 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 5
BOM314 COMMUNITY MUSIC
BOM315 MUSIC PRACTICE 5
BOM316 MUSIC COMPOSITION 3
BOM317 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY IN COMPOSITION
BOM318 TRANSCULTURAL MUSIC 1
BOM319 BODY MAPPING AND PERFORMANCE WELLNESS
BOM320 ARRANGING FOR LARGE ENSEMBLES
BOM321 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 6
BOM322 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 6
BOM323 INTERCULTURAL ENSEMBLE 6
BOM324 MUSIC EDUCATION
BOM325 MUSIC PRACTICE 6
BOM326 MUSIC COMPOSITION 4
BOM327 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY IN PERFORMANCE
BOM328 TRANSCULTURAL MUSIC 2