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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

Offered through the renowned Sydney Conservatorium of Music, this major has a distinguished record of music scholarship, composition and teaching, producing many of Australia's leading music professionals. As a student you will have a unique multi-cultural music education, broadly based in studies of society, culture and performance. Study Composition, Musicology, Popular Music, Music and Media, and Performance in ways that are broadly integrated with one another across the curriculum as well as within individual units of study.

A wide range of units of study are offered which are designed for those who wish to pursue a professional music career, those with broad interests in the study of music in culture, and those who will pursue other careers. This means that you can pursue projects in which music practice can be integrated with the study of history or any other arts major.

As a graduate you will be prepared for a vast array of rewarding careers such as composing, arranging, and performing music for theatre, concert, film, and media, writing about music as a journalist, commentator, critic, or media professional, or arts administration, including curating, marketing, festival and venue management.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Artist agent
  • Arts administrator
  • Audio engineer
  • Chamber/orchestral musician
  • Commentator or critic
  • 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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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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