Music Specialist Studies
The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009
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Careers and further study
This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.
Music and composition graduate, Elise Reitze-Swensen is now a full-time multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer, sound designer, music community founder, record label CEO and booking agency CEO - and still finds time to teach Electronic Music and Sound Design at UWA.
Students who undertake a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with two music majors will have postgraduate options across all areas of music specialisation.
- Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)
- Master of Music (Opera Studies)
- Master of Music
- Master of Teaching
Master of Music
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 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.
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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
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.
How to apply
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About The Course
- Available 2020
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- Approximately 15 hours plus own practice and study time, rehearsals and performances
- 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
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.
After graduating from UWA, Thea was accepted into the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and moved there to study percussion. She now runs an ensemble called the ‘Ad Lib Collective’ (with two other UWA alumnus Jared Yapp and Jesse Deane) which has taken them all over the world with performances and concert curation. She also presents concerts with her percussion/clarinet ensemble ‘Enyato Duo’.
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Your degree options
This major can only be taken by Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students concurrently enrolled in the Music Studies major.