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Undergraduate Certificate in Music

Code: HEUGCMU

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Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

6 months full time

Next Intake

July

Next Intake

July

The Undergraduate Certificate in Music will give you the skills to align with current industry best practice, focussing on creative outcomes and practical skills based on entrepreneurship, technology, musicianship and ensemble skills.

You will be empowered to work on your technical and creative abilities through this comprehensive short course through music practice, music industry career strategies, music technology and intercultural and contemporary ensembles.

This contemporary music course at Melbourne Polytechnic will prepare you for the creative industry by combining theoretical and practical course work. You can build your career as as live music performer, and instrumentalist, singer, composer, private music tutor or sessional studio musician.

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Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

Assessment Methods

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

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 Subject Elective Description Year Semester
BOM114 Culture & context of music Elective Contextualize your musical activity through reflection, analysis, and cultural identification. Participate in weekly lectures, seminars and tutorials to develop critical thinking skills, broaden stylistic awareness and understanding, and encourage self-reflection and engagement with your cultural values 1 1
BOM115 Music practice 1 Elective Develop practical abilities on your chosen instrument and gain a working knowledge of a broad range of contemporary music styles, instrumental/vocal techniques, approaches to creativity and diversity of language through the demonstrated absorption of musical repertoire from a range of genres 1 1
BOM110 Contemporary music theory 1 Elective This subject will develop fundamental skills in the principles and notational practices of western music with a focus on contemporary music. The subject will be divided between theory classwork and keyboard skills. Topics covered, include: chord nomenclature; construction of scales (major and common minor); intervals; triads; cycle of 4ths/5ths; inversions; voice leading; four note chords; modes of the major scale; modulation; reading and writing in bass and treble clef; and rudimentary keyboard skills. 1 1
BOM111 Aural musicianship 1 Elective This subject will develop aural skills in a systematic and progressive manner, in order to inform and synthesise all your work in the course. The subject will be divided between recognition work in the classroom and production work through practical musical activities that integrate listening, singing, improvisation, and reading with instruments. This first unit will introduce aural recognition and production of texture; timbre; compass; tessitura; range; tempo; dynamic; articulation; pitch; rhythm ; density; metre; placement in space ; structure; and pace 1 1
BOM112 Contemporary ensemble 1 Elective Develop ensemble skills within a specified contemporary style. Obtain a working knowledge of instrumental/vocal techniques and approaches to creativity and diversity of language through the performance of musical repertoire. Weekly sessions will develop collaborative approaches to developing music performance and rehearsal techniques; stylistically appropriate interpretation; and ensemble communication as a supporting player and as an accompanist. 1 1
BOM113 Intercultural ensemble 1 Elective Develop ensemble skills within a specified non-European music tradition, explored through a combination of lectures, student presentations and practical engagement. Develop rhythmic and melodic musicianship through the study of traditional repertoire. Weekly sessions will develop an understanding of cultural context in music making; cross-cultural musicianship; and conceptual flexibility across cultures and genres 1 1
BOM115 Music practice 1 Elective 1 2
BOM124 Career strategies in music industry Elective From management of an online presence to creating a cohesive artistic identity and brand, the subject provides a survey of ways in which contemporary music artists intersect with their audiences and the range of ways they might manage their commercial prospects. Introduction to concepts underpinning the marketing process and strategies used to promote music products. Investigate social media and online marketing and traditional marketing strategies for music products, distribution and promotion of digital music products and undertake analysis of markets - branding; communication strategies; marketing planning process and strategy development ; marketing research; business ethics, marketing law and compliance ; direct marketing and e-commerce ; marketing plans; online marketing strategies; broadcast distribution; professional online conduct ; Press Kit construction; digital distribution; and copywriting, licensing and publishing 1 2
BOM224 Introduction to music technology Elective Investigate the principles of live audio production in music and study the following areas; fundamental physics of sound, the microphone, the structure of a channel strip and mixing desk, the application of these principles in a DAW environment, analog/digital conversion, the principles and application of digital signal processing and the history and impact of the recording on contemporary music practice. Software used should support and prepare you for BOM310 1 2
BOM112 Contemporary ensemble 1 Core 1 2
BOM123 Intercultural ensemble 2 Elective Build on ensemble skills developed in Intercultural Ensemble 1. The specified tradition will be explored through a combination of lectures, student presentations and practical engagement. Develop rhythmic and melodic musicianship through the study of traditional repertoire. Weekly sessions will develop an understanding of cultural context in music making; cross-cultural musicianship; and conceptual flexibility across cultures and genres 1 2

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Fees & Costs

Per year $
Per semester $9200
Per year $21360
Per semester $10680

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

When you are studying higher education courses you may qualify for FEE-HELP payments for part or all of your tuition fees. FEE-HELP loans do not cover materials costs.

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The course offers such a range of skills to be a professional musician, an arranger, a composer, whatever you want to do.
Katrina Owen
Bachelor of Music
Portrait of music student Katrina Owen

Requirements

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.

You must complete an audition.For further information, please email musicadmin@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au
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 musicadmin@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Next Steps

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

All applicants must successfully complete an audition and interview.

  • Audition performance requirements: (approx. level: AMEB grade 4).
  • Audition music craft requirements: theory (approx. level: AMEB grade 4), technique (instrumental/vocal), aural recognition and music reading skills

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