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The Composition specialisation encourages composition in all styles. You have the opportunity to work through all phases of the composition process, from first ideas, through to completion of a professionally presented score, to interaction with performers in rehearsals culminating in public performance.

You will receive individual tuition, acquiring skills in instrumental and vocal writing, orchestration, electro-acoustic music, professional score presentation, rehearsal skills and concert management. You will be encouraged to develop your own personal and original voice.

The works of our composition students are regularly performed by Conservatorium students and ensembles, as well as through professional workshops and opportunities.


The Composition specialisation can be your pathway to a range of employment options within a musical portfolio career, including:

  • Arranger or typesetter
  • Audio technician
  • Concert music composer
  • Electro-acoustic sound artist
  • Festival director
  • Film scorer
  • Music administrator
  • Music producer or sound engineer
  • Music teacher
  • Radio broadcaster or programmer.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Music

Clearly-in Rank 2016
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. 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 2017
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.