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Music Education at the Con

Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, Year 2.

About this course

Music educators train the musicians of tomorrow. Our professionally recognised music education degree will immerse you in the world of performance, composition and teaching.

Our music education program will prepare you for a career as a music teacher in both the primary and secondary school environments.

You will develop teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral and instrumental pedagogy and music technology.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Complete the teaching questionnaire as part of your UAC application. For more information, visit the UAC website
  3. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following specialisations:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Composition

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Complete the teaching questionnaire as part of your UAC application. For more information, visit the UAC website
  3. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 

Closing dates

UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year

Semester 2 - 3 August

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following specialisations:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Composition

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music (Music Education) will develop your teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral and instrumental pedagogy and music technology.

You choose a study focus in performance, composition, contemporary music practice or musicology and specific music education and pedagogical training. In addition to your studies in music teaching methods, music history and analysis, performance and compositional skills, you will attain information and communication technology competencies and develop an understanding of children with special educational needs.
 

Music overview

Work component

Mandatory work component = 580 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 

Applying for admission

To gain entry, applicants will need:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


LITERACY AND NUMERACY TEST FOR INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION STUDENTS (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Music Education).

All BMus Ed students commencing studies in 2017 and beyond will be expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).


Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Recent Student Cohort Data

Recent students in these cohorts achieved three HSC Band 5 results including one in English.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Principal Study 1
Aural Perception 1
Harmony and Analysis 1
Musical in Modern Times
Ensemble/Performance
Key Ideas in Music Education
  2 Principal Study 2
Aural Perception 2
Harmony and Analysis 2
Musical Worlds of Today
Ensemble/Performance
Key Approaches in Music Education
2 1 Principal Study 3
Aural Perception 3
Harmony and Analysis 3
Music in the Classical and Romantics Eras
Fundamentals of Teaching
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Music
  2 Principal Study 4
Aural Perception 4
Harmony and Analysis 4
Psychology of Learning and Instruction
Children, Music and Educational Settings
Teaching Jazz in Secondary School
3 1 Principal Study 5 or elective
Adolescent Development and Behaviour
Popular Music Studies
Teaching Junior Secondary Music
Free choice elective
  2 Principal Study 6 or elective
Professional Experience 2
Ensemble Pedagogy
Composition in Music Education
Technology in Music Education
4 1 Cultural Diversity in Music Education Senior Secondary Music Education Composition in Music Education and Performance or Ensemble unit Music in Modern Times
  2 Professional Issues in Music Education Professional Experience 3    

Course prerequisite

  • 3 Band 5s, one of which must be English in the NSW Higher School Certificate

Course opportunities

We focus on popular, classical, Australian, jazz, folk or world musics.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands unit of study incorporates high-profile guests including indigenous performers of note as well as composers and educators.

Technology, creativite exploration and music theory are woven into our units.

Career Pathways

  • Music teacher
  • Performing soloist
  • Chamber musician 
  • Orchestral/ensemble player
  • Community music educator 
  • Researcher
  • Writer
Future study options

Career information for UAC

Examples include primary and secondary classroom teachers, as studio music teachers and in education officer roles with music performance and development bodies.

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International students

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