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Bachelor of Music

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Great musicians require a solid musical foundation. Learn these foundations, along with extensive technical skills, with Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Music.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
3 years full-time
Course Code
HEASSAPM, 074625K
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul

About this course

Discover yourself and a world of music

Great musicians require a solid musical foundation. Learn these foundations, along with extensive technical skills, with Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Music. Our course teaches you to be aware of and adapt to current music trends on a global scale, so you can create and imagine the world through music. With over $1.4 billion spent annually on live music in Melbourne, you'll be amongst it all at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Develop your musicianship

Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Music will teach you performance, theory, aural skills, composition, technology and self-management. We recognise what it takes to become a great musician. Our degree has been crafted with industry partners to prepare you for an exciting and practical career in the contemporary music industry. Along with a traditional music education, you'll learn about music technology, business and research. You'll have many opportunities to perform independently or as a group with other students. Melbourne Polytechnic teachers are active performers and composers who have been 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. Our extensive facilities include fully equipped practice rooms, Mac labs with music software, a well-resourced library and the Yarra Edge Music Centre, a state-of-the-art theatre with full production and recording capabilities.

A harmonious future career

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Music are qualified for a vast range of professionals in the music industry. You may choose 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 or sound technician. You may also find employment within specialist jobs in the music industry, including positions in music media, equipment, publishing and record companies.

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:

  • Eugene Ball - trumpet, arranging, composition
  • Adrian Sherriff - trombone, composition, ensemble, ear training, intercultural studies
  • Dr Jonathan Dimond - bass guitar, composition, ear training, ensemble
  • Dr Adam Starr - guitar, composition, ensemble, music technology
  • Anthony Schulz - piano, music theory, ear training, ensemble

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

Entry 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

Study locations

Fairfield

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

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
56%
Employed full-time