Undergraduate

Music General Studies

Studying Music General Studies allows you to continue your musical journey while pursuing other fields of interest.

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Well-rounded graduates benefit from communication, musical, analytical, written and research skills that are desirable in a wide range of professions. Some graduates pursue careers within the creative arts, while others may use the skills gained in music alongside their other area of study to pursue employment in any number of different areas.

Potential jobs for graduates include artistic director, arts administrator or manager, journalist, music professional, music teacher, primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, musician and university lecturer.

Well-rounded graduates benefit from communication, musical, analytical, written and research skills that are desirable in a wide range of professions. Some graduates pursue careers within the creative arts, while others may use the skills gained in music alongside their other area of study to pursue employment in any number of different areas.

Potential jobs for graduates include artistic director, arts administrator or manager, journalist, music professional, music teacher, primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, musician and university lecturer.

Further Study

After completing the Music General Studies major, you can pursue further studies at honours level or undertake a master’s degree such as the Master of Music in one of the four specialisations: composition, musicology, performance or orchestral performance.
After completing the Music General Studies major, you can pursue further studies at honours level or undertake a master’s degree such as the Master of Music in one of the four specialisations: composition, musicology, performance or orchestral performance.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course
Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2020
$95,100.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$99,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
MUSIC STUDIES

Admission requirements

Perform a successful audition (required standard AMEB Grade 5 or above) and/or submit a portfolio of compositions. Applicants should also possess a background in music theory. No audition required if taken as a second major. Visit the Conservatorium of Music website for more details or book your audition here.
MUSIC STUDIES

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Music prerequisites

Prerequisite subjects: Audition to demonstrate a musical background equivalent to Music ATAR.

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Audition process

Prior to the audition, you will be asked to prepare two contrasting pieces. Remember to bring a copy of your music for the members of the audition panel. Given the time constraints for each audition, it is likely you will only have the opportunity to play a portion of each piece. If the members of the panel ask you to stop playing at a certain point, this does not mean the performance is going badly. Being asked to stop is not an indication of anything but a lack of time.

After the performance component of the audition, you will undertake a short aural quiz, followed by a brief discussion with the panel. They may ask about your musical experiences, what sort of music you like, and what else you intend to study. You will be able to ask questions and the members of the audition panel will answer to the best of their ability. During your audition, one of the panel members will look at your prepared portfolio. The whole audition process may take as little as 10 minutes. The length of the audition, however, is no indication of its success.

Read frequently asked questions about the audition process or book your audition here.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

How to apply

Ready to apply for this course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Combine your passion for performance or composition with other fields of study. In Music General Studies, you can develop your skills in musicology and participate in practical music making, receiving expert one-on-one performance or composition tuition.

About the course

This major can be studied as a second major alongside almost any of UWA’s other majors (such as engineering, law and biomedical science). Music General Studies is a stepping stone to a variety of careers within and beyond the music profession. Studying Music General Studies allows you to continue your musical journey while pursuing other fields of interest.

Why study this course?

  • Performance is at the heart of all study, staging more performances than any other Western Australian tertiary institution. Students can expect to participate in regular performances, and will benefit from staff who are actively engaged in music making at the highest level
  • Allows students to continue their musical journey while pursuing other areas of interest

You'll learn

  • Instrumental, vocal or composition technique
  • Intermediate music language skills (harmony, rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, dynamic)
  • Foundational knowledge of key issues relating to music such as music psychology, musical memory, practice strategies, composition techniques
  • Musicianship when performing within solo, small and/or large ensemble settings
Music General Studies

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Approximately 15 hours plus own practice and study time, rehearsals and performances
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MSTGM
CRICOS code
  • 068916E
  • 003005D
Music General Studies
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Approximately 15 hours plus own practice and study time, rehearsals and performances
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MSTGM
CRICOS code
  • 068916E
  • 003005D
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

MUSIC AT UWA

Practical experience

UWA is the sole tertiary education partner of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Opera. Students have unprecedented access to artists as well as participation in side-by-side performances with these industry specialists.

Students can expect to participate in regular industry standard performances in the state’s best venues and will benefit from staff who are actively engaged in music making at the highest level.

MUSIC AT UWA

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Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

MUSIC GENERAL STUDIES

Admission requirements

Perform a successful audition (required standard AMEB Grade 5 or above) and/or submit a portfolio of compositions. Visit the Conservatorium of Music website for more details or book your audition here.
MUSIC GENERAL STUDIES