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 major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

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 major. 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 your desired course.

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.

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.

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 theory background equivalent to Music ATAR (AMEB grade 5 theory). Visit the Conservatorium of Music website for more details or book your audition here.

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).

Music prerequisites

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

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

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an accompanist?

The decision is entirely up to you. We have found that for most players, the provision of an accompanist makes little difference to the decision of the committee. Due to the special nature of vocal auditions, we provide an accompanist for the voice auditions. However, you are free to use your own accompanist if you wish. Note that the first audition dates will align with WACE exams. Most accompanists will be unavailable for these dates, and we are very comfortable for performers to audition without accompaniment.

I play percussion. Is that different?

For percussionists, the audition is a little different. You will play material that you have prepared, perhaps on Tuned Percussion, snare, mixed percussion or kit, and then will be asked to demonstrate some rudiments of percussion.

What is the portfolio and what do you do with it?

In addition to performing as part of the audition, students are asked to bring a portfolio containing samples of their current work. For instance, audition panel members would like to see examples of academic writing, musical exercises and/or compositions, music certificates and other supporting documentation. A member of the audition panel will look at the documents during the audition process. As part of the portfolio, we would like to see whatever you have done during the course of your studies. However, if you do not have any such examples, we can make a decision without them.

What is the aural quiz?

The aural quiz is undertaken as part of the audition. Its purpose is to assist the audition panel members to determine each applicant’s level of musicality, as well as provide the panel with an indication of an applicant’s musical training. The aural quiz is very short, and will only last a couple of minutes.

Elements of the aural quiz

To begin with, a simple melody will be played on the piano. You will be required to clap back the rhythm you have heard. The second task involves matching pitch. A note will be played on the piano, and you should sing it back. Next you will be asked to recognise some melodic intervals. Two notes will be played on the piano one after the other. You should name the interval. The final part focuses on harmonic intervals. Two notes will be played on the piano simultaneously. You should name the interval. To help you prepare for this component of the audition, a sample of the aural quiz is provided below.

I was really nervous. Can I audition again?

Everyone who auditions is nervous. As experienced musicians, however, the panel members are used to seeing nervous students audition. Even if you are nervous, be assured the panel will probably have an accurate view of your musical ability. However, if due to nerves you believe the audition does not provide the panel members with an accurate indication of your musical ability, there may be some remediation. Contact the Conservatorium of Music for more information.

Do I need an audition to play in an ensemble?

Some ensembles are confined to Music students; some ensembles are available to students from across the University, subject to passing an audition; others are available without any audition.

I’m interested in composition – do I still need to audition?

Yes, we still ask you to audition on your chosen instrument or voice. In addition to your audition, you should submit a composition portfolio (in advance of the audition if possible) and we will arrange you an interview with our composition coordinator.

I’m an international applicant – how do I audition?

You will need to provide a recorded audition either via Dropbox, USB, Youtube or DVD. You should perform two contrasting pieces on your instrument or voice in a single take (do not edit the recording afterwards). You’ll also need to provide a certified letter stating the authenticity and date of the recording. Once you arrive at UWA, you may be asked to do a separate informal audition. If you are interested in composition, also provide a portfolio.

Can I defer my place in music?

If you are planning a gap year or will not be taking up your place within six months of your audition, you will need to successfully re-audition before being offered a place. It is up to applicants to ensure they retain a high standard of performance until entry into the Conservatorium of Music.

Admission requirements

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

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.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? 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.
Music General Studies

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • 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
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Music General Studies
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
  • Albany (Regional campus)
  • 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
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)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

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 theory background equivalent to Music ATAR (AMEB grade 5 theory). Visit the Conservatorium of Music website for more details or book your audition here.

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

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.

Conservatorium of Music

The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music provides classes and activities that support and promote music in the community for everybody.

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