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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 Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Are you interested in studying music while gaining expertise in another area of arts and social sciences, such as a language, philosophy or history? The three-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in music is an ideal choice.

The Bachelor of Arts will fine-tune your critical thinking skills to help you become an independent thinker, able to form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence. You can major in music as part of your arts degree, or as part of our new Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. 

To qualify for a major in music, you will need to complete a defined sequence of eight units (48 credit points), through which you will develop depth of disciplinary expertise in the academic study of music. You can also undertake approved Conservatorium courses. You can begin music study without any prior knowledge of notation. Your literacy and aural skills will develop in appropriate musical language courses during first year.

About this major

Students wishing to take a major in Music must complete a minimum of 36 senior music credit points including MUSC3699 Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing. Many senior music units do not require previous musical study and have no specific prerequisites. All students, whether they come to the Arts Music Unit as beginners, or with an HSC in Music, or even self trained in music, can take a major in Music and from there proceed to an Honours year, and/or postgraduate study in the subject.

Career pathways

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Music specific career pathways:

  • 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
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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