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: $11,340 semester/$68,040 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: $11,340 semester/$45,360 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

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.

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.


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

Bachelor of Music Alumnus 

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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Semester 1

Performance I
Large Ensemble Studies I
Small Ensemble Studies I
Harmony & Aural I
Functional Keyboard
Contemporary and Popular Music History
Formation I

Music Elective units 2
Semester 2

Performance II
Large Ensemble Studies II
Harmony and Aural II
Production and Live Audio
Early Music History
Formation II

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Semester 3

Performance III
Romantics and Modernists
Digital Music Production
Harmony and Aural III
Large Ensemble III

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Semester 4

Performance IV/Composition I
Harmony and Aural IV

Formation III

Large Ensemble Studies IV or small ensemble studies II
Elective I

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Elective units

Song Writing

Business in the Performing Arts

Second Instrument Study I

Second Instrument Study II

Second Instrument Study III

Small Ensemble Study III

Small Ensemble Study IV

Large Ensemble V

Large Ensemble VI

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Semester 5

Performance V/Composition II/Music Industry Placement I
Musical Direction I
Advanced Harmony
Elective II

Music Pedagogy

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Semester 6

Performance VI/Composition III/Music Industry Placement II
Musical Direction II
Small Ensemble Studies ll or
Small Ensemble Studies llI
Formation IV (Designing My Creative Career)

Elective III

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

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.

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

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

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English should provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS, 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.

For more information, visit our international student page.

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.

Please refer to the credit and RPL policies and procedures in the Admissions Framework.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
  (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)
 (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)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • 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)
    International students1946%
    All students41100%

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