Bachelor of Music (Musical Communication)
Connect and collaborate with the music community
Learn to speak the language of music. You’ll study local and global music culture and practices. Explore a variety of genres and terminology to engage in music communication. Connect deeply with your audience. Become a music educator and ambassador.
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Learn to speak the languages of music by exploring musical cultures and engaging in relevant theoretical concepts with the Bachelor of Music (Musical Communication).
- demonstrate proficiency in practical and theoretical musical processes within popular and contemporary genres through an emerging professional identity as a musician
- leverage the skills and knowledge of a professional musician to gain employment in a wide range of occupations within the music profession, working both independently and collaboratively in a broad range of musical contexts with other professionals, in industry, and in education or community
- communicate effectively with cultural intelligence to a variety of stakeholders across diverse contexts
- use technology to analyse, manipulate, create and disseminate musical artefacts
- evaluate and apply methods, concepts, techniques and theories in the creation of musical and hybrid creative arts projects in a broad range of contexts
- research and analyse historical, ideological, critical and ethical perspectives in the creative arts, in both traditional and contemporary cultural and social contexts to explore the role music plays in everyday life.
UniSQ’s Bachelor of Music can prepare you for careers as a performer, singer-songwriter, studio or classroom music teacher, music studio owner/operator, commercial songwriter, or music journalist.
Have achieved a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60, or equivalent qualification.
Work and Life
Attend an audition/interview.
Applicants for Music must attend an audition and interview and must bring with them:
- a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
- Applicants are not required to have undertaken high school music or AMEB practical/theory or musicianship exams.
- On-campus applicants must attend an audition and interview and perform two contrasting pieces. Applicants for online study will submit a video recording of their performances and attend a phone/skype interview.
- Applicants will need to provide their own accompanying tracks on MP3 or an iPod if required.
- All applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: a musical experience which has inspired, motivated or moved you. It might be a performance or concert you attended, or participated in, or it might be music of a particular artist or work. The submission should be typed and signed by you, with a statement which certifies that the work is your own. Please present your submission at interview.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Bachelor of Music (Musical Communication) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 2 English Language Proficiency requirements.
Credit will normally only be granted on the basis of formal studies of equivalent material undertaken at a college of TAFE, college of advanced education or university. Studies successfully completed within the last five years are automatically eligible to be used as a basis for a claim for credit. Studies completed more than five years ago will be considered, but should be accompanied by evidence that the knowledge and skills acquired from those studies have been maintained. Students who believe that they may qualify for credit should consult the Admissions Policy for further information about the content of courses and the procedures to be followed for credit claims.
Students who have been granted credit have a responsibility to ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept up to date in these areas. This is particularly important when they have been granted credit from a course which is a pre-requisite for another course. Refer to the section entitled Credit and Exemption Procedure in the Guide to policies and procedures.
Students who have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in an area specifically related to one of the majors in this program within the last five years, will normally be eligible for up to 8 credits and up to 12 credits respectively.
Today’s musician is no longer reliant on old structures of production and distribution, and continually evolving technologies provide opportunity for artists to develop and distribute products and services in a more viable and immediate way. From digital artistic collaborations through to teaching music lessons via Skype, UniSQ’s Bachelor of Music acknowledges that today’s musician will be globally connected.
Within the Musical Communication major you will develop your skills as a creative and independent musician. You'll learn to speak the languages of music by exploring musical cultures and engaging in relevant theoretical concepts. Benefit from the opportunity to develop your own specialised skill set by combining minors, electives or a second major.
Note: The Bachelor of Music is available on-campus at UniSQ Springfield. All music courses are also available online.
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
SCA1001 Persuasive Communication: Presenting Yourself and Your Ideas
MUI1010 Guitar Skills
MUI1013 Decoding Music
Year 1 - Semester 2
SCA1002 Introduction to Creative and Critical Thinking
MUI1011 Digital Composition
MUI1006 Musical Contexts: Popular Music
Year 2 - Semester 1
SCA2001 Cultural Responsibilities and Creative Communities
MUI2002 Popular Songwriting
Year 2 - Semester 2
SCA2002 Arts Business: Making and Managing Your Arts Career
MUI2009 Recording and Music Production
Year 3 - Semester 1
MUI3016 Music Project 1
MUI3014 The Globally Connected Musician
MUI3013 Musical Craft
Year 3 - Semester 2
MUI3017 Music Project 2
MUI3015 Leadership Development for Musicians
MUI3012 Musical Contexts: Critical Perspectives
Completion of 24 units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
Students may exit with the Diploma of Creative Arts (DCRA) if they have completed 8 courses as follows:
- A minimum of 2 School of Creative Arts-coded Core courses from the Bachelor of Music and
- 6 other courses from the Bachelor of Music.
Students may exit with the Associate Degree of Creative Arts (ADCA) if they have completed 16 courses as follows:
- A minimum of 4 School of Creative Arts-coded Core courses from the Bachelor of Music and
- 12 other courses from the Bachelor of Music, with no more than ten Level 1 courses.
Choose your subjects
- Musical Communication
- Music Practice
Courses available for elective study are generally those found in Minor studies and are listed in the Minor studies section.