Associate Degree
of Music

Awarded as part of the Bachelor of Music

Course Information

The Associate Degree of Music, nested within the Bachelor of Music, caters for students who wish to develop their technical, artistic and analytical skills without concentrating on high-level performance. The course aims to produce well-rounded musicians who can apply their skills in diverse areas, including community, regional, youth and church ensembles.  The course features private tuition with industry experts for voice and instrument studies and extensive performance and studio experience. Offering multiple performance genres, regular performance opportunities and a strong project emphasis, the Bachelor of Music is an industry-standard degree for aspiring musicians.
Classical: This course provides musicians with the high level training in performance, musicianship, ensemble work, musicality and breadth of musical knowledge required for a life in classical music. Students are exposed to a wide range of music across history as well as one-on-one tuition with exceptional tutors on their instrument.
Contemporary: This course prepares musicians for a career in the ever-changing world of contemporary music. Artistic, technical, practical and musicianship skills are honed to create a well-rounded musician prepared for the diverse work lives led by industry professionals.
Jazz: This course offers multiple experiences in improvisation, ensemble work, arrangement and performance designed to prepare students for the highly skilled world of jazz musicianship. Students are encouraged to partake in multiple performance opportunities and workshops to help them think on their feet and engage with the jazz ethos.   
At a glance:
  • Face to face (on-campus) delivery
  • Areas of study: Performance, Musicianship and Musicology, Support and Technical Studies, and Personal and Professional Development
Course
MU04 Associate Degree of Music
CRICOS
075645J
Length
2 Years full-time/6 Years part-time
ATAR
No ATAR required
Faculty
Faculty of Performing Arts

Admission requirements

Artistic and Academic Skill Requirements:

a. Applicants are required to complete an audition and interview, and provide evidence of
having attained a level of musical knowledge that will enable them to successfully undertake
the first year of the course. Auditions and interviews are conducted by at least two (2)

faculty members.

 

b. Audition applicants should be prepared to present three (3) pieces demonstrating their
skill on their major instrument (including voice). These pieces should be of contrasting style,
period and composer, and may include an improvisation or original composition. As a guide,
repertoire presented should be at an AMEB Grade 6 standard for instrumentalists and Grade
4 for singers, or HSC Music 2 level. These standards are given to guide the choice of audition
repertoire, and AMEB examinations or HSC Music 2 are not pre-requisites for entry. The
audition program should not exceed 20 minutes. The audition panel may request a

demonstration of technical work.

 

c. Interview conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous
musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations. The panel will also inform the

student of Institute and course expectations.

 

d. Musical Knowledge it is assumed that commencing students will possess musical
knowledge equivalent to the outcomes of HSC Music 2 or AMEB Grade 5 Musicianship.
Where academic records, other educational experience or the interview panel are unable to
verify a satisfactory level of musical knowledge, applicants will be offered the opportunity to
complete a musicianship test set at AMEB Grade 5 standard. Those who are not able to
demonstrate the required level of musical knowledge by one of the above means may be
offered a place in the course, conditional on the satisfactory completion of the bridging unit Harmonic Practices before commencement.

 

Applicants residing overseas or interstate may satisfy these requirements through submitting an
unedited recording, program notes, and a portfolio of previous performance experience. Such
submission will be followed up with a telephone interview.

Excelsia College invites graduates from C3 College Oxford Falls, to apply to upgrade to a Bachelors Degree with advance standing.*

*Advance standing is granted conditional upon a successful application process.

Essential requirements for admission:

  • Successful completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of another accredited tertiary course or at least one full-time year of study in such a course; OR
  • Adult entrant: An applicant of 21 years or over who has satisfied the artistic entry requirements may be admitted with provisional status if the Academic Board determines that such applicant has attained a standard of education and experience adequate for entry to the course and has the aptitude required for undertaking the course. Selection will be based on Recognition of Prior Learning together with audition, folio appraisal and interview. Provisional status will normally be converted to full candidature on successful completion of one semester of full-time studies.

 

International Students: Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age. Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS Academic test.

Download the full admission requirements here.

Auditions

Semester 1, 2018
Open - Closes 9 December

Audition Dates: By appointment 9819 8810

International Students

Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic test.

Applicant background

Semester One  2017

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
L/N 1 L/N
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study L/N 0 L/N
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

L/N 4 L/N
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
L/N 1 L/N
International students L/N 4 L/N
All students 10 100.0%

Notes:

L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

 

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