Bachelor of Music

Associate Degree of Music included
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Bachelor of Music

Duration: 3 years full-time/6 years part-time
Credit Points: 144 credit points
Delivery: On campus
CRICOS Code: 057959G
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and International
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for international students: $10,517 semester/$63,100 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 7

Associate Degree of Music

Duration: 2 years full-time/4 years part-time
Credit Points: 96 credit points
Delivery: On campus
CRICOS Code: 075645J
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and International
English: IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition Fee for International students: $10,517 semester/$41,500 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 6

The Bachelor of Music provides you with the technical, artistic and analytical training required to become a professional musician. The course features private tuition for voice and instrument studies and extensive performance and studio experiences.

 

The course is offered with three strands of specialisation, allowing you to take classes unique to your chosen career path: 

Three Strands

Classical
Music Strand Classical | Excelsia College

This strand 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 on their instrument with exceptional tutors. Students can continue their journey into the world of classical music.

Contemporary
Music Strand Contemporary | Excelsia College

This strand 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. Whether students want to pursue their dream as a singer/songwriter or start their own band, this strand will help to take them there.

Jazz

This strand 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 dynamics of the jazz ethos.

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What do our students say?

‘Studying the Bachelor of Music at Excelsia College has taught me many things about myself as a person, artist and student. The classes allow me to expand my musical knowledge and to gain more experience and wisdom from the excellent tutors that help encourage and push me to the best of my abilities.

Studying music here has helped boost my confidence as a performer in the most humbling way, and also allows my faith as a Christian to not be compromised but encouraged to use it, to engage with my art.’

Janelle Magtibay

Music Student

Janelle Magtibay

The Bachelor of Music is predicated on the understanding that professional musicians will commonly engage in ‘portfolio’ careers requiring versatile, flexible and adaptable skills including performing, composing, arranging, producing, directing, teaching, and researching. Using these skills (and, in some cases, with further study) our current graduates have secured, and future graduates are expected to secure, employment as:

  1. Performers (accompanists, chamber musicians, band members, session musicians)
  2. Composers and arrangers
  3. Conductors and musical directors (in school and church settings)
  4. Artist managers and agents
  5. Arts administrators, promoters, fundraisers and event planners
  6. Audio engineers (studio and live sound)
  7. Teachers (in both private and public school and non-school settings)
  8. Music critics, journalists and publicists

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Y1 Semester 1

Performance I

Large Ensemble Studies I

Small Ensemble Studies I

Harmony and Aural I

Contemporary and Popular Music History

Functional Keyboard

Formation I (Creative Arts)

Music Elective units 2
Y1 Semester 2

Performance II

Large Ensemble Studies II

Harmony and Aural II

Early Music History

Production and Live Audio

Formation II (Creative Arts)

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Y2 Semester 1

Performance III

Harmony and Aural III

Romantics and Modernists

Digital Music Production

* Elective x 1

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Y2 Semester 2

Performance IV

Large Ensemble Studies III

Harmony and Aural IV

Formation III (Creative Arts)

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Y3 Semester 1

Performance V

Large Ensemble Studies IV

Musical Direction I

Ethnomusicology

Advanced Harmony

* Elective x 1

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Y3 Semester 2

Performance VI

Small Ensemble Studies II

Musical Direction II

Formation IV

* Elective x 1

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Elective units

Second Instrument Study

Song Writing

Small Ensemble Studies

Large Ensemble Studies

Business in the Performing Arts

Music Pedagogy

For detailed descriptions of course units, please download the Music brochure.

Academic staff for music

Dr Lotte Latukefu | Excelsia College | Creative and performing arts

Head of Creative and Performing Arts

Associate Professor Lotte Latukefu

Christine Carroll | Music Program Director | Excelsia College

Music Program Director, Lecturer, Research Supervisor

Dr Christine Carroll

Sadaharu Muramastu | Lecturer and Tutor | Music | Excelsia College

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

Entry requirements

Audition:
Applicant should prepare to present 2 pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).

 

Interview:
Conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.

 

Musical knowledge:
In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced strand in theory units.

Educational Prerequisites

  • NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or
  • Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course.

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

 

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.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been involved in some form of high level music making for at least 3 years. This could include professional music making, community music making, worship leading.

  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with higher education
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.
Applicants with VET or TAFE studies
  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
1332%
  (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study12%
 (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three  categories)
12%
 (D) Recent secondary education:

 

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
00%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
717%
    International students1946%
    All students41100%

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