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Music major

Study music in your chosen degree
Students from across the University of Sydney can also study music. Our courses cover a broad range of music genres and the way these shape our thinking and practice.

Are you interested in studying music while gaining expertise in another degree, such as arts, science or business? Music is offered through the University’s shared pool of majors and minors, and is an ideal addition to your degree.

Why study a music major with us?

The broad focus of our music major means we welcome students from a wide range of musical and non-musical backgrounds. When you study music with us, you can:

  • choose from a range of engaging music electives
  • develop practical skills in the language of music, composition or performance
  • join one of our ensembles.

Who can I study the music major with?

  • Associate Professor Charles Fairchild, Popular Music; Program Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Music Major)
  • Associate Professor Helen Mitchell, Musicology
  • Associate Professor Goetz Richter, Violin
  • Associate Professor  James Wierzbicki, Senior Lecturer in Musicology
  • Dr Christopher Coady, Senior Lecturer in Musicology
  • Dr Daniel Rojas, Senior Lecturer in Composition, Program Leader, Bachelor of Music (Composition, Creative and Digital)
  • Dr Narelle Yeo, Senior Lecturer in Stagecraft
  • Dr Rachel Campbell, Lecturer in Musicology
  • Dr Catherine Ingram, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
  • Dr Toby Martin, Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Jadey O’Regan, Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Zane Banks, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Damian Barbeler, Casual Lecturer in Digital Music and Media
  • Dr Jonathan Byrnes, Casual Lecturer in Music Skills
  • Ms Rainbow Chan, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Amanda Cole, Casual Lecturer in Composition for Creative Industries
  • Mr Samuel Cottell, Lecturer in Contemporary Music and Music Skills
  • Mr Paul Mac, Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Ms Ella Macens, Casual Lecturer in Music Skills and Composition for Creative Industries
  • Mr Aidan Rose, Casual Lecturer in Music Skills

What are my study options with the music major?

You can study the music major or minor in any degree which includes access to the shared pool of majors and minors (also known as Table S). No audition is required.

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Where arts music can take you

Our courses are designed both for students who intend to make music their profession and those who will pursue other careers. Career opportunities for a music major can include:

  • music festival manager
  • music program curator
  • concert manager
  • event producer
  • music journalist
  • arts administrator

 

  • artist agent
  • government policy officer
  • media and communications officer
  • music researcher
  • music licence manager

 

Rachel Drubetsky

female student playing the trumpet
Bachelor of Psychology (Music Major), second year
"I’m studying psychology with a major in music and hope to become a neurological music therapist or a psychologist using music within my practice."
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