Study

Undergraduate

Music Audition Information

UNSW Music Scholarship Information

Music study is offered in a variety of ways at UNSW.

The new UNSW Bachelor of Music launched in 2013, offering students the opportunity to enhance their core music skills and knowledge, while developing an area of specialty. (audition required) The program also provides extensive training in ensemble skills and professional practice, with the flexibility to combine complementary areas such as English, Creative Writing, Film, Media or Theatre and Performance Studies. The choice of streams include:

Music Creative Practice offers intensive pre-professional training in performance or composition in a self-selected musical style or tradition, including Classical, Jazz and World Music.

Music Inquiry provides a rigorous course of study in historical musicology, ethnomusicology and the psychology of music.

Sonic Arts focuses on the use of sound as a means for a broad-range of creative investigations and applications and provides foundational skills and knowledge in sound recording and processing, post-production techniques, digital sound manipulation, acoustics, and psychoacoustics.

Music Pedagogy delivers a comprehensive program of study in musicianship, musicology, pedagogical methods, and educational and motivational psychology specifically for studio music teaching. Graduates in all four major streams may also pursue, concurrently, qualifications in music education.

Degree options

Music Studies Major

The Music Studies Major is for students with less formal training in music (no audition) who wish to pursue broad music studies with a liberal arts program, and may combine it with a variety of other majors.

General Education

Music Studies Extension provides a more comprehensive range of prescribed music courses and is intended as basic preparation for careers in music teaching. This stream is normally undertaken within the B Arts/B Education (Secondary).

Sample music courses

Postgraduate Research

Students may complete research degrees in a range of subjects that include: musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, the psychology of music, popular music, music aesthetics, music education. Projects may also move between the various subjects within the School. Recent research topics have included: Baroque performance practice, reconstructions and reinterpretations of Purcell, women and feminism in 20th century composition, negative emotions in music, motivational predictors of persistence in instrumental music learning, cognitive processes of decision making in music performance, the uses of background music, assessment of music performance, computers and composition in music curricula, composing for children, contemporary Greek composers, Bertolt Brecht’s Lehrstück, the relationships between music and text, 20th and 21st century sacred music, African-American Third Stream composition, the Chopin tradition, cross-cultural improvisation, Australian folk dance music, and Mongolian vocal traditions.