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About the major

The Music major has a distinguished record of music scholarship, composition and teaching, producing many of Australia’s leading music professionals. Its aim is to enrich Australia through a unique multicultural music education, broadly based in studies of society, culture and performance.

The curriculum for the major in Music allows students to 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. Students can pursue projects in which their music practice can be integrated with the study of other Table A or Table S majors. The major offers a variety of pathways to 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.

Requirements for completion

The Music major and minor requirements are listed in the Music unit of study table.


Honours is an appended Honours year available to students upon the completion of the Bachelor of Arts with a Music major. Honours is also available as an embedded honours year in the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies with a Music major.

Candidates must have achieved at least 48 credit points of Music units with a distinction average (75 percent) or above.

In addition to the above requirements, prospective candidates will need to submit a minimum 500-word proposal outlining the aims of their research, including the relevance of the research question, references to supporting literature and possible ethical considerations. Prior to commencing honours, you will need to ensure you have completed all other requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor degree, including Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and a second major.

Requirements and units of study for honours can be found on the Music honours units of study page.

Contacts and further information

Associate Professor Charles Fairchild

Music major website