Our extensive Music Performance program offers you a wide variety of performance experiences.

Individual lessons, instrument classes and concert practice form the basis of the performance curriculum, with a strong focus on individual instrumental or vocal development together with opportunities for collaborative music making.

You will learn from highly experienced teachers who will assist you in developing your instrumental or vocal potential to the fullest. During your studies you will participate in one of the most extensive ensemble programs in Australia, with options including the University of Melbourne Orchestra, Javanese Gamelan, Big Band, Wind Symphony, World Music Choir and many instrumental, vocal, new music and early music ensembles, as well as an extensive chamber music program.

The performance area also hosts a wide array of concerts and masterclasses given by distinguished national and international performers and teachers. You will experience many performance opportunities in the weekly instrument classes, concert practice classes and ensemble performances that occur regularly throughout the semester.

Study is offered in the following instrument areas:

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwind.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the Diploma in Music offered at Melbourne. 


The Music Performance major can be your pathway to a range of employment options within a musical portfolio career, including:

  • Accompanist
  • Chamber musician
  • Concert agent
  • Concert manager
  • Instrumental and/or classroom music teacher
  • Music administrator
  • Opera company/chorus member
  • Orchestral musician
  • Sessional musician for film, television, live shows, music theatre, recording sessions
  • Touring soloist or ensemble member.


Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Music

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. 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 2018
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 EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Music is based on talent as well as academic performance. Applicants must complete an audition and musicianship test. Repertoire presented at AMEB Grade 7 standard for instrumentalists and Grade 5 for singers, generally makes for a competitive audition. These standards are an indication only. AMEB examinations are not a prerequisite for entry.

More information about the audition and selection process here.