The Bachelor of Music at Western takes an eclectic, modern and inclusive approach to music repertoire, performance, sound design, songwriting, composition and musicology.
Entrance rank: Not applicable - additional selection criteria apply.
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Music at Western
The Bachelor of Music offers you the chance to significantly focus and develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge beyond the scope of the Bachelor of Music degree.The program offers high-level training in music, music performance, composition, sound technologies, music theory, musicology, arranging music and music analysis.
The program is offered in well-equipped studios, and in a lecture/workshop/ tutorial environment. Skills in music performance, composition and sound technologies are augmented by intellectual, theoretical and contextual studies. Hands-on involvement from music academics will support you as you build toward the production of a major project.
Studying Music at Western
Applying to Western for Music
All music applicants will need to apply through UAC or direct.
You may either audition into the degree or submit qualifications for Band 4 HSC Music, or AMEB theory and practical qualifications or TAFE qualifications.
Learn how our Bachelor of Music alumni are taking what they've gained from Western and making an impact in the world.
As Global Head of Editorial, at the helm for all curation and programming for Spotify, Sulinna says, ‘my time at Western really broadened my perspective and challenged me to think in new ways which laid the groundwork for innovation that has been important in my career successes’.
Senior lecturer and composer, Paul has toured new music and theatre works around Australia and overseas. He found new ways to be a performer and listener at Western and learnt not to take music too seriously - ‘I'm surrounded by art and music and owe it all to WSU’.
As a professional freelance composer who writes music for classically-trained musicians around the world, Holly is Composer in Residence with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. At Western, she was exposed to a myriad of musical styles, which stimulated curiosity, encouraged creative risk-taking and helped her forge her own musical voice.
Running a successful music school in South Western Sydney, teaching, recording and touring internationally with his band, David found the environment, curriculum, ethos and lifelong friendships at Western allowed him to challenge himself and offered creative freedom to grow into the artist he wanted to become.
The BMus at Western not only challenged Chloé to explore beyond the traditional parameters of her music, but to discover her individuality as a classical musician. She manages and directs band programs in inner west Sydney primary and high schools as a conductor, arranger, composer and teacher.
For Daniel, Western opened his eyes to the many avenues a music career can take and he met people which whom he still collaborates. Daniel is a full-time musician, performing around the globe, composing for film and television, and working as a sound designer and audio engineer for theatre.
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As a Music graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Audio Engineering
- Music journalism and critiquing
- Teaching (with further study)
Concert Tour Manager
Concert tour managers organise the administration side of a musical act's large tour. This includes constructing a schedule, liaising with venues, organising finances and ensuring that the musicians have sufficient equipment.
Sound designers acquire different audio elements and compose and manipulate them to create their desired sound. This includes the creation of sound for productions, video games, film and television.
Composers create music to be performed individually or by a large group of musicians, such as a band or orchestra. At Western you will learn the skills to bring your creative ideas to life.
Artistic directors work as the head of an arts organisation to oversee the artistic choices that the organisation makes. This is a role particularly undertaken in a theatre company where the artistic director approves upcoming productions and the advertising and media for these works.
Music teachers can be hired as part of an organisation or teach on a freelance basis. Further study can open the path to educating in both a primary and high school environment, with a specialisation in music.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum, unless the total duration of the program is less than 80CP. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
** Lowest Selection Rank