Bachelor of Music
Develop your musical skills, thinking and creativity through a rich choice of study areas, experiences, career outcomes and graduate pathways.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) is based across the University’s Parkville and Southbank campuses. It offers outstanding teaching and performance facilities. You will take classes at either Soutbank, or both Parkville and Southbank, depending on your area of specialisation, allowing you to enjoy the residential, learning and social facilities at Parkville, as well as the artistic community and first-class facilities at Southbank.
Join a community of excellence
Our students and graduates are recognised in Australia and overseas as leaders in their chosen artistic disciplines.
Visiting Master Teachers
The MCM has strong relationships with local and national industry organisations, creating unique opportunities for collaborative work and performance. We also regularly welcome national and international visiting artists.
Support while you learn
The MCM is one of the most richly endowed music institutions in Australia. We have an extensive range of fee remission and bursary scholarships, prizes and awards available to both our current students and recent graduates. Some scholarships are awarded directly to high-achieving students by the MCM, and others are offered by application and evaluated on merit or financial need.
- Depending on the area of specialisations, students receive practical tuition through weekly individual instrumental, vocal or composition lessons, instrument classes, extensive solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers. Depending on the area of specialisation, 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, where you will learn from and be surrounded by like-minded students from all kinds of musical backgrounds. Attend regular lunchtime and evening concerts and performances by students, professionals, and visiting artists. From interactive soundscapes complementing dance performances or art installations, jazz ensemble gigs at well-known Melbourne jazz venues, through to orchestral performances in Hamer Hall or Melbourne Recital Centre – there’s always something on at the Conservatorium.
Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)
The Bachelor of Music provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Music Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Jazz & Improvisation and Interactive Composition.
These five specialisations develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with core studies, music electives and complementary University breadth subjects.
The areas of specialisation are:
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.
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Music
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 allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. 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.
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.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.
Once you've graduated from this degree, you can pursue graduate study in music through a comprehensive range of coursework and research programs at the MCM: