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Overview

If you can see yourself as a professional performer (in an orchestra, opera or jazz ensemble), you can specialise in this widely recognised, four-year degree.

Begin your professional career in music performance through individual and ensemble tuition from our industry experts, many of whom also perform as soloists and chamber musicians in highly regarded orchestras and jazz ensembles around the world.


We offer world-class venues and superb facilities, including more than 100 practice rooms, extensive library resources and the latest in music technology. As a performer, you will find various opportunities for international tours with professional orchestras, bands and chamber music groups.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following principal study areas:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance (Classical piano; Collaborative piano; Classical guitar; Organ; Classical saxophone)
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Drum set

 

 

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2 - 3 August

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

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August) in the following principal study areas:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Non-orchestral performance (Classical piano; Collaborative piano; Classical guitar; Organ; Classical saxophone)
  • Historical Performance
  • Non-western music
  • Drum set

What you'll study

You will combine your chosen principal study with orchestral studies and chamber music, or other relevant ensemble studies. Other core studies will be in music skills, analysis, history and culture.

Principal study areas:

Historical performance

Jazz

Guitar, organ, piano (non-orchestral)

Brass (orchestral)

Strings

Woodwind

Percussion

Voice (classical)

Drum set (non-orchestral)

Non-western music (non-orchestral)

 

Music overview

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Music (Performance)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Principal Study 1 Music Theory and Aural Skills units Orchestral Studies 1 This is Music
  2 Principal Study 2 Music Theory and Aural Skills units Orchestral Studies 2 Analysis, History and Culture Studies foundation unit
2 1 Principal Study 3 (extended) Music Theory and Aural Skills units Orchestral Studies 3 Analysis, History and Culture Studies foundation unit
  2 Principal Study 4 (extended) Music Theory and Aural Skills units Orchestral Studies 4 Analysis, History and Culture Studies foundation unit
3 1 Principal Study 5 (extended) Orchestral Studies 5 Chamber Music 1 Teaching Music/Pedagogy
  2 Principal Study 6 (extended) Orchestral Studies 6 Chamber Music 2 Recital Preparation or free choice elective
4 1 Principal Study 7 Orchestral Studies 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU  
  2 Principal Study 8 Orchestral Studies 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU  

Assumed knowledge

HSC Music 2 or equivalent

 

Admission criteria

To gain entry, applicants will need:


Alternatively, applicants may be granted admission on the basis of:

  • having successfully undertaken tertiary studies in music at or above Diploma level to the equivalent of at least one year of study.

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.

 

Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme

Domestic applicants undertaking a current recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC, may be eligible for an early offer of admission prior to the release of ATARs or equivalent score under the University’s Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme. Eligible applicants will be assessed based on a combination of academic performance and audition requirements.

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.

 

Course opportunities

All students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, public recitals and performances in world class venues. Students may participate in international performance tours each year and may undertake exchange study at an overseas university as an integral part of their course.

Career Pathways

  • Performing soloist
  • Chamber musician 
  • Orchestral/ensemble player
  • Artist agent
  • Arts administrator
  • Audio engineer
  • Chamber/orchestral musician
  • Composer
  • Concert manager
  • Concert soloist
  • Conductor
  • Contemporary musician
  • Digital music composer
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Event producer
  • Festival or venue manager
  • Film score composer
  • Interactive music designer
  • Jazz musician
  • Music journalist
  • Music producer
  • Musicologist
  • Opera singer
  • Orchestra manager
  • Piano accompanist
  • Private studio teacher
  • School music teacher

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Domestic students

International students

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