CG51 - Bachelor of Music (Specialisation)

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) is designed to provide you with specialist training in jazz and popular music, performance, contemporary music as well as music studies. If you are studying the jazz and popular music, performance or contemporary music specialisations on campus, you 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.

If you are studying the performance specialisation by distance you will have the opportunity to develop your solo music performance skills with highly specialised music staff via video technology or on campus, depending on your location. If you are studying the music studies specialisation by distance, you will have the opportunity to build your understanding of music as part of the broader community through studies that include music theory, composition and arranging and the investigation of the practice of music in historical and contemporary contexts.

A range of adjunct units and electives allows you to pursue additional studies in music, or add other allied skills and knowledge in areas of professional and personal interest such as other creative arts and arts administration, events management, education, digital media, business and professional communication.

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

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Distance - 850965
  • QLD - Mackay - 850962
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 069478C
  • MKY - 069478C
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 - 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 - 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 Requirements

Domestic students - Prerequisites: audition and interview

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 or voice.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CC41 - Diploma of Music
Exit Awards CC41 - Diploma of Music
Professional Accreditation

not applicable

Learned Society Accreditiation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 81
2017 71
2016 74
2015 74
2014 87
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Contemporary Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Use your skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques associated with contemporary music styles within a broad range of 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. Apply your relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise contemporary musical works, performances, improvisations and other forms of creative expression
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Work independently and collaboratively in music in response to authentic project demands in a variety of roles, such as performer, composer, producer, improviser, critic and manager
  • 6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in contemporary 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
Music Studies Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Use your 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. 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
  • 4. 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
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
Performance Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Use your 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. Apply your relevant performance skills and knowledge to produce and realise musical works, performances and other forms of creative expression
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

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

N/A

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11405 Language of Modern Music 1
MUSC11411 Music Styles & Analysis 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11406 Language of Modern Music 2
MUSC11412 Music Styles & Analysis 2
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Contemporary Major

Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 120

This major is only available on the Noosa campus.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11401 Digital Music Applications
PERF11026 Performance and Production Studies 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11379 Audio Recording Techniques
PERF11027 Performance and Production Studies 2
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF12016 Performance and Production Studies 3
MUSC12413 Language of Modern Music 3
MUSC12394 History of Rock and Roll 1
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERF12017 Performance and Production Studies 4
MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4
MUSC12395 History of Rock and Roll 2
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13406 Composition and Arranging 1
PERF13018 Performance and Production Studies 5
MUSC11380 Introduction to Songwriting
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13407 Composition and Arranging 2
PERF13019 Performance and Production Studies 6
MUSC13410 Music Business in the New Millennium

Plus 4 electives from anywhere in CQUniversity

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major

Jazz and Popular Major

Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 120

This major is only available at the Mackay campus.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11409 Principal Music Studios 1
PERF11026 Performance and Production Studies 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11410 Principal Music Studios 2
PERF11027 Performance and Production Studies 2
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
JAZZ10015 History of Jazz 1
MUSC12411 Principal Music Studios 3
PERF12016 Performance and Production Studies 3
MUSC12413 Language of Modern Music 3
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
JAZZ10016 History of Jazz 2
MUSC12412 Principal Music Studios 4
PERF12017 Performance and Production Studies 4
MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13406 Composition and Arranging 1
MUSC13411 Principal Music Studios 5
PERF13018 Performance and Production Studies 5
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC13407 Composition and Arranging 2
MUSC13412 Principal Music Studios 6
PERF13019 Performance and Production Studies 6

Plus 2 electives from anywhere in CQUniversity

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 120

This major is available on the Mackay campus and also by distance education.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MUSC11409 Principal Music Studios 1
MUSC11410 Principal Music Studios 2
MUSC12411 Principal Music Studios 3
MUSC12413 Language of Modern Music 3
MUSC12412 Principal Music Studios 4
MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4
MUSC13411 Principal Music Studios 5
MUSC13406 Composition and Arranging 1
MUSC13412 Principal Music Studios 6
MUSC13407 Composition and Arranging 2
Available units
Students must complete 4 from the following units:
MUSC10278 History of Western Art Music 1
MUSC10279 History of Western Art Music 2
MUSC12375 History of Film Music 1
MUSC12376 History of Film Music 2
MUSC12394 History of Rock and Roll 1
MUSC12395 History of Rock and Roll 2
JAZZ10015 History of Jazz 1
JAZZ10016 History of Jazz 2
MUSC14048 History of Music Theatre
MUSC11380 Introduction to Songwriting
MUSC11379 Audio Recording Techniques
MUSC13293 Advanced Studio Teaching Methods
MUSC13410 Music Business in the New Millennium
PERF11021 Community Arts
MUSC11384 Arts in Perspective
MUSC11401 Digital Music Applications
MUSC11413 Introduction to Studio Teaching
PERF11028 Creative & Performing Arts Topic 1
PERF11029 Creative & Performing Arts Topic 2
PERF12018 Creative & Performing Arts Project 1
PERF12019 Creative & Performing Arts Project 2
LNGE11028 Basic Italian

You must also complete 6 units from anywhere in the university.

More Details

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