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Study music in your arts degree
Students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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 area of arts and social sciences, such as a language, philosophy, media 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 with the ability to form and articulate judgements based on argument and evidence.

Why study arts music with us?

The broad focus of our arts music curriculum 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 arts music with?

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

What are my study options with arts music?

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 supervisor
  • music program curator
  • concert manager
  • event producer
  • music journalist


  • arts administrator
  • artist agent
  • government policy officer
  • media and communications officer
  • music researcher


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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