Courses

Bachelor of Music

As a musician you need to be able to adapt to current trends and you can learn how to do this in a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic. Develop your skills and awareness of the global spectrum of music.

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Connect with the world of Music – major on any instrument, in voice, or in composition

Studying for your Bachelor of Music means you can major in Composition, any Western instrument, voice, or on an ethnic or electronic instrument and you can study composition/arranging as well as performance in state-of-the-art recording studios and post-production suites. Our progressive curriculum integrates aural, theory and performance.

Learn in good time

Contact time of approximately 15 hours per week in 13-week semesters. You’ll have over seven hours of weekly contact time in Music Performance subjects, including individual lessons, technical workshops, performance platform, visiting artist master classes, contemporary ensemble, and intercultural ensemble.

Explore the world of music

What’s unique about the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic? A Contemporary music program that includes small and large ensembles in such genres as:

  • Oz Rock
  • Soul R’n’B and Gospel Choir
  • Contemporary and Early Jazz
  • Jazz Vocal
  • Hip Hop
  • Original Pop
  • John Zorn
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • Improvisation
  • Beatles

An intercultural music program that encompasses small and large ensembles in such genres as:

  • Tango
  • Brazilian
  • Balkan
  • Indian
  • West African
  • Balinese
  • Gamelan
  • Georgian
  • Afro-Cuban
  • Middle Eastern

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

On completion of the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic you will be qualified for a wide range of roles in the music industry – either with a company or as a self-employed artist.

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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.

Contact

For any additional information on the Bachelor of Music, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HEASSAPM

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368432

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Performing Arts - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years


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 Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Individual lessons, Workshops, Classroom

Fees

Full Course Fee: $47650

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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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

  • VCE Music (group and/or solo performance) study score at least 20 (or equivalent study)
  • VET advanced diploma course in music performance
  • Relevant industry experience with capacity to work at degree level
  • Selection by audition (level: AMEB 6th grade practical, 4th grade theory)
  • Audition tests theory, technique (instrumental/vocal), technical routines, performance/aural/music reading skills
  • Book audition

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
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

HEASSAPM

CRICOS Code

074625K

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Modes of Delivery

Individual lessons, Workshops, Classroom

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 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.

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $8600
  • Tuition fees per year: $17200
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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
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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 CONTEMPORAY 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
BOM311 AURAL MUSICIANSHIP 5
BOM312 CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE 5
BOM313 INTERCULTURAL 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