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Bachelor of Music

3 years full time (part-time study options available)
Honours available
Parkville/Southbank campus
Available to Domestic and International students
VTAC code: 3800538231
International VTAC code: 3800538233
Course CRICOS code: 058837J

The Bachelor of Music offers you a rich range of choices, experiences and graduate pathways to develop your career in music.

You’ll benefit from a highly flexible degree tailored to meet your interests, skills and needs in preparation for your future career. Following a performance-based, common first-year experience, you’ll have the opportunity to follow a pathway of specialisation, while retaining some flexibility to move between majors and undertake subjects from different majors in your degree.

You’ll be able to further tailor your degree through the wide range of elective offerings, including an extensive ensemble program, specialised applied skills, and academic subjects ranging from early music and music of the world, to postmodern and popular music.

As a Bachelor of Music student, you’ll learn from some of the most committed, talented and experienced teachers in Australia and play an active part in the musical life of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the city of Melbourne.

Key features

  • In 2011, the Victorian Government announced $3 million of funding support available for Victorian College of the Arts students. From 2012 to 2015 this will provide Creative Scholar opportunities for outstanding or disadvantaged students.
  • Participate in an extensive practical program offering one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition and regular master-classes with national and international visiting artists.
  • There is a wide range of ensemble experiences including Chamber Music, Orchestra and Choir, Big Band, Wind Symphony, non-western ensembles (e.g., Javanese Gamelan), World Music Choir, Early Voices and many others.
  • You’ll love the Conservatorium’s active concert life, with regular lunchtime and evening concerts by students, professionals, and visiting artists.

Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

The Bachelor of Music features a common first year experience which focuses on:

  • Performance skills
  • Historical, theoretical and contextual studies
  • Aural studies
  • Applied music skills.

From second year, you can choose to focus your studies in one of the following areas of specialisation:

Chancellor’s Scholars Program

The Chancellor’s Scholars Program offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Learn more about the Chancellor’s Scholars Program

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Music

Clearly-in Rank 2014
NA Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2014. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2014
NA Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in ESL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Music is talent-based. Applicants must complete an audition and musicianship test. For your audition to be at a competitive standard, it is recommended that the repertoire you perform be at the equivalent standard of Grade 7 AMEB (Grade 8 ABRSM) on your instrument or Grade 5 AMEB for voice.

Details here.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Pathway options

Once you've graduated from this degree, you can choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas:

Concurrent diplomas (study alongside your undergraduate degree)

You can choose to study one of the following concurrent diplomas alongside this undergraduate degree at Melbourne: