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Bachelor of Music

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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You can turn your musical talent into a remarkable career.

The ANU Bachelor of Music prepares you for the ‘portfolio’ career followed by most modern music professionals. A successful contemporary music career requires not only advanced skills in performance, composition, improvisation and other areas of creative practice, but also familiarity with music technology, and the ability to work as an educator and facilitator of community music, and as a cultural entrepreneur.

Our degree is designed to reflect music as it is understood and practiced in contemporary Australian society. This education experience covers all genres (classical, jazz, contemporary, folk and world music) and offers specialist courses in indigenous Australian music; music, politics and policy; and musical practice in a modern multicultural society.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Music provides a strong foundation for a career in music. Students graduate with a range of professional skills that are applicable to careers in performance, music education, music advocacy, academic research, music entrepreneurship, and digital media and technology. This is particularly advantageous given that musicians increasingly are required to exercise a wide range of skills including performer, teacher, cultural entrepreneur, arts manager, music technologists and scholar.

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Music degree will:

  1. Understand the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of musics;
  2. Demonstrate deep knowledge of and proficiency in one or more areas of musical performance, creative practice, professional practice or musical inquiry by applying specialist cognitive and technical skills;
  3. Evaluate and interpret musical ideas and concepts by engaging with relevant research of others, and thinking creatively, critically, ethically, and independently to solve research questions through words and/or performance;
  4. Communicate ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts, through words and/or performance, clearly and coherently in modes suited to a range of audiences; and
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in response to authentic music project demands.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Domestic applicant entry requirements

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See for further information.

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.


Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR of 80 (75 with bonus points) and meet audition requirements. Applicants will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to NSW Music 2 or Music Extension, or AMEB Grade 5 theory or performance, or equivalent qualifications or experience.


Entry to Performance courses is by audition. Applicants wishing to enrol in Performance courses are advised to contact the School to arrange for an audition as soon as possible. E:

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to for more information.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Music requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from completion of 1000 level courses.

A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses from any majors listed in the Bachelor of Music

The 144 units must include:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses, which may contribute to meeting the requirements of the Musicology major or Musicology minor:

MUSI1104 Turning Points in Music History 1: A Millennium of Metamorphoses (900-1900)

MUSI1109 Turning Points in Music History 2: A Century of Crisis and Change (1900-2013)


48 units from completion of the Creative Musicianship major

24 units from completion of one of the following minors:


Music Technology



48 units from completion of one of the following majors:



24 units from completion of the Creative Musicianship minor

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU



Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MUSI1101 Music Performance 1 6 units MUSI1104 Turning Points in Music History 1: A Millennium of Metamorphoses (900-1900) 6 units MUSI1105 Creative Musicianship 1 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI1102 Music Performance 2 6 units MUSI1109 Turning Points in Music History 2: A Century of Crisis and Change (1900-2013) 6 units MUSI1106 Creative Musicianship 2 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units MUSI2201 Music Performance 3 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units MUSI2203 Creative Musicianship 3 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI2202 Music Performance 4 6 units MUSI Course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units MUSI2204 Creative Musicianship 4 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units MUSI3301 Music Performance 5 6 units MUSI course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 6 units MUSI course 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units


For information about honours, please see the College of Arts and Social Sciences Honours website.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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