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Bachelor of Music

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

Last modified: 09 Feb 2017

About this course

Want to tune up your passion for music? This online Bachelor of Music from the University of New England (UNE) will set you up for your dream music job and prepare you for a number of exciting musical career pathways.

Through intensive studies covering musical theory, history, composition and performance, you'll develop key skills and knowledge that will enable you to commence a professional music career. You'll also produce a creative and/or research portfolio designed to showcase your abilities.

Graduates from this online course are independent musical practitioners with historical, cultural and theoretical knowledge and diverse skills in songwriting, composition, performance and music technology.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a Bachelor of Music with Honours.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements: 

    • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies; OR
    • Have completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; OR
    • Have completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; OR
    • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
    • Have satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
    • Have satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses; OR
    • Have obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
    • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; AND
    • Complete a satisfactory written personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; AND
    • Have, on admission to the degree, a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications; AND
    • Have, on admission to the degree, a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor.

    Former or current UNE students may transfer to the Bachelor of Music on the basis of previous music studies completed as part of a UNE bachelor degree when they meet the following requirements:

    • Have completed MUSI121 with a Credit grade or higher; AND
    • Have completed MUSI101 or MUSI110 or MUSI111 with a Credit grade or higher.

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subjects

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    In this music course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units:

    • Aural skills
    • Harmony and analysis
    • Fundamentals of music technology        
    • Western music history: beginnings to Baroque
    • Western music history: Classical and Romantic eras        
    • Aboriginal resilience and the arts

    Plus two to four of the following listed units:

    • Foundation studies in musical performance
    • Music cultures
    • Popular music
    • Creative portfolio 1

    Plus two to five of the following listed units:

    • Foundations in music composition
    • Songwriting for contemporary performance
    • Creative portfolio 2
    • Private studio pedagogy
    • Electronic music production

    Plus four to 10 of the following units:

    • Live sound, media and performance
    • Asian musical traditions
    • Musicology seminar
    • Popular music seminar
    • Ethnomusicology seminar
    • Western music history: 20th and 21st century
    • Creative portfolio 3
    • Ensemble leadership
    • Studio recording practice
    • Screen orchestration and sound design

    Plus up to four of the following units:

    • Research and professional practice I and II
    • Research and writing across disciplines
    • Introduction to marketing
    • Introduction to live performance
    • Creative arts performance and analysis I and II
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Music from the University of New England.

Graduates from this course can also pursue further study, such as a specialised honours degree, or complete courses in education to undertake careers in school-based music teaching. 

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Wondering where a career in entertainment could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Musician
  • Music Tutor
  • Sound Technician
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Entertainer


Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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