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CG51 - Bachelor of Music

Overview

Course Overview

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Music is designed to prepare you for a professional career in the music industry. Offering specialist training in vocal or instrumental performance, composition or singer/songwriting, you will graduate with the skills necessary to be an industry-ready music professional. Our flexible and innovative degree allows you to focus on a broad range of music styles including western art music, jazz or contemporary music.

Students choosing to study in Mackay will be involved in a comprehensive conservatoire style environment with expectations of high standards of performance, musicianship and scholarship. A rigorous performance schedule in various university, community and professional settings is one of the strengths of this course, as is the development of individual skill in a supportive, collaborative environment.

The flexible delivery model allows you to study completely online anywhere in Australia. As a leader in online music study, this course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your solo music performance skills with highly specialised music staff via innovative video technology. The Bachelor of Music allows you to focus your strengths and interests by pursuing minors in performance, ensemble training, music technology, musicology and music pedagogy.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) is ideal for students considering a career in the music industry as a professional musician, recording or sound engineer, performing or recording artist or composer. Other career options include primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, private studio work, and music related careers in arts administration, communication or creative industries businesses.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BMus
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Cairns
Mackay
Online

Term 1 - 2022

Cairns
Mackay
Online

Term 1 - 2021

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Townsville

Term 2 - 2020

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Townsville

Term 1 - 2020

Cairns
Mackay
Online
Townsville

Term 2 - 2019

Mackay
Online
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Mackay
Online
Townsville

Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Townsville

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Mackay
Noosa
Townsville

Term 2 - 2017

Please note that the Creative Music Technology major is no longer available to new students.
Distance
Mackay
Noosa

Term 1 - 2017

Please note that the Creative Music Technology major is no longer available to new students.
Distance
Mackay
Noosa

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2015

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2014

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Mackay
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Mackay

Term 1 - 2022

Mackay

Term 1 - 2021

Mackay

Term 2 - 2020

Mackay

Term 1 - 2020

Mackay

Term 2 - 2019

Mackay

Term 1 - 2019

Mackay

Term 2 - 2018

Mackay

Term 1 - 2018

Mackay

Term 2 - 2017

Please note that the Creative Music Technology major is no longer available to new students.
Mackay

Term 1 - 2017

Please note that the Creative Music Technology major is no longer available to new students.
Mackay

Term 2 - 2016

Mackay

Term 1 - 2016

Mackay

Term 2 - 2015

Mackay

Term 1 - 2015

Mackay

Term 2 - 2014

Mackay

Term 1 - 2014

Mackay
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

For entry into this course, all applicants will be required to successfully complete an audition and interview.

Further information regarding auditions, including the audition guidelines can be found via https://www.cqu.edu.au/cqcm

Security Requirements
N/A
Health Requirements
N/A
Assumed Knowledge

Year 12 studies in music or the equivalent private music study in your chosen instrument, voice or composition portfolio.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CM22 - Associate Degree of Music CC41 - Diploma of Music
Exit Awards CM22 - Associate Degree of Music CC41 - Diploma of Music
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 66
2020 97
2019 84
2018 79
2017 71
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in the creative and performing arts practice environment.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations in the creative and performing arts practice environment.
  • Demonstrating appropriate behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional or performance setting.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with university and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • Complying with the relevant workplace policies and practices including relevant OHS legislative requirements pertaining to creative and performing arts practice in music performance environments.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating your creative and performing arts knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language to the context.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions; eye contact, being mindful of space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Competently using written music notation, as required, to convey detailed information and knowledge relating to music performance and practice.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs suitable to your course of study.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing professional skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Producing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to various music learning activities involving written and aural music notation.
  • Demonstrating effective use of basic mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to operate sound for music performance environments.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Safely performing in a variety of music performance contexts including on stage as a performer or off stage as part of the technical support team.
  • Working in a team-based performing arts environment where verbal and non-verbal communication are essential to realisation of a wide range of music performances.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in sustained and intensive rehearsals and performances involving creative and performing arts skills that may occur in time-frames outside normal working hours, including evenings and weekends. These creative and performing arts skills may include music instrumental and vocal performance.
  • Actively participating in intensive rehearsals and performances involving creative and performing arts skills with sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Performing with the required physical and mental energy and endurance in the learning activities of the course, as well as during set time-frames during intensive rehearsal and performance periods.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Using a variety of gross motor skills in various creative and performing arts performance activities that include music instrumental and vocal performance.
  • Demonstrating and performing a variety of gross motor skills in a range of creative and performing arts performances that include music instrumental and vocal performance, consistently in a safe manner to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills in various creative and performing arts performance activities that include music instrumental and vocal performance.
  • Demonstrating and performing a variety of fine motor skills in various creative and performing arts performances that include music instrumental and vocal performance, consistently in a safe manner to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of musical styles within various creative projects
  • 2. Develop and evaluate musical, cultural and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research
  • 3. Work independently and collaboratively in music in response to authentic project demands in a variety of roles, such as performer, composer, producer, critic and manager
  • 4. Apply relevant performance skills and knowledge to produce and realise musical works, performances and other forms of creative expression
  • 5. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with music and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences, informed by inquiry and scholarship
  • 6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in music.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Music Ensemble Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Musicology Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Music Pedagogy Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Music Performance Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Music Technology Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors
Number of units: 12 Total credit points: 72

N/A

You must complete the 12 core units across Years 1, 2 & 3.  

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11405 Language of Modern Music 1
MUSC11411 Music Styles & Analysis 1
MUSC11409 Principal Music Studios 1
PERF11026 Production Fundamentals 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11406 Language of Modern Music 2
MUSC11412 Music Styles & Analysis 2
MUSC11410 Principal Music Studios 2
PERF11027 Production Fundamentals 2
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12413 Language of Modern Music 3
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13406 Language of Modern Music 5
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13407 Language of Modern Music 6
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors

Liberal Arts Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

It is possible to select the Liberal Arts minor if you want to transfer credit from another course to the Bachelor of Music, or to transfer credit for units studied as part of an international study experience, provided you meet the CQUniversity requirements and are approved for this transfer of credit. You will require the approval of the Head of Course to enrol in the Liberal Arts minor, as well as approval for the choice of units to be included in this minor. Please seek advice from the Course Advice Team in the first instance if you want to undertake the Liberal Arts minor.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors

Music Ensemble Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Within this suite of units, you will develop practical, technical and artistic ensemble skills required to be a successful musician. These music ensemble units give you the opportunity to work in various performance, technical and creative roles as appropriate to develop skills in problem-solving, creative, self-regulated and critical thinking, within a team-based environment.

For entry into the first unit of this minor, you will need approval from the Head of Course - Music. To transition into the 3rd unit of this minor, you must have completed 72 credit points in this course.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF12016 Performance and Production Studies 3
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF12017 Performance and Production Studies 4
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF13018 Performance and Production Studies 5
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF13019 Performance and Production Studies 6
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Musicology is the scholarly analysis of music. Within this suite of units, you will study the history and cultural development of a range of musical styles including baroque, classical, romanticism, modernism, jazz and 20th century music. You will develop aural, analytical and research skills within these areas of focus. It is expected that you will possess a good understanding of music notation and stylistic analysis before entering this minor.

For entry into this minor, you must have completed 36 credit points in this course. To transition into the 3rd year of this minor, you must have completed 72 credit points in this course.


Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12415 History of Jazz: Freedom to Fusion
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13415 Western Art Music: Baroque to Classical
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13416 Western Art Music: Romanticism to Modernism
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13417 Western Art Music: Trends in the Twentieth Century
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors

Music Pedagogy Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

You will learn the theoretical and practical methods of effective studio teaching in music and develop the pedagogical skills and concepts required to deliver successful group instrumental music instruction and ensemble direction. This includes the focus on three areas: One-on-one studio tuition, multi-instrument instruction and conducting technique. It is expected that you will possess an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in an instrument or voice to complete this minor.

For entry into this minor, you must have completed 36 credit points in this course. To transition into the 3rd year of this minor, you must have completed 72 credit points in this course.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12416 Studio Teaching Methods 1
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12417 Studio Teaching Methods 2
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13413 Multi-Instrument Fundamentals and Ensemble Direction 1
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13414 Multi-Instrument Fundamentals and Ensemble Direction 2
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors

Music Performance Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Within this minor you will develop advanced skills and artistic expression through practical music studies relating to your primary study area. This primary study area can be an instrument, voice, singer/songwriting or composition and through this minor you will explore advanced repertoire and technical work from a variety of musical styles. It is expected that you will commence this minor at a high level of proficiency in your instrument, voice, singer/songwriting or composition and continue to advanced levels of technical proficiency and artistic expression.

For entry into this minor, you must have completed 36 credit points in this course. To transition into the 3rd year of this minor, you must have completed 72 credit points in this course.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12411 Principal Music Studios 3
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12412 Principal Music Studios 4
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13411 Principal Music Studios 5
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13412 Principal Music Studios 6
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 3 minors

Music Technology Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

In this suite of units, you will expand upon the fundamentals of audio recording and mixing to develop skills in a range of music technology applications. You will learn the fundamental principles and application of sound design techniques and recording in the production of a podcast. In addition, you will learn the fundamentals of electronic music production and composition, mastering and music distribution. You will be required to purchase specific music technology equipment and software to complete this minor. 

For entry into this minor, you must have completed 36 credit points in this course. To transition in the 3rd year of this minor, you must have completed 72 credit points in this course.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12418 Music Technology 1: Introduction to Sound Design
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC12419 Music Technology 2: Electronic Music Production
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13418 Music Technology 3: Mastering and Distribution
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13419 Music Technology 4: Music and the Moving Image
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Credit Transfer

Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will be required to nominate the CQU units they wish to be considered for exemption from. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Students may only gain credit transfer for up to 67% of the overall course.

Please note that study undertaken more than 10 years ago is not normally considered unless the applicant can supply certified documents showing that they have been continually using the required skills in the work force. Generally only TAFE diploma level or above is recognised for credit at tertiary level.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Course Planners

For Course Planners please refer to the following website http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles

Entry Requirements

Please note that admission to the Noosa campus availability for Terms 1 and 2, 2017 is only for students who have completed the Diploma of Music Industry (Performance) CUA50815 with TAFE Queensland. These students will not be required to undertake an audition or interview.