This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts
|Total credit points required||144|
|Standard duration of study (years)||3 years FT, 6 years PT|
|Study mode and location||On-campus (Clayton)|
|Admission, fee and application details||http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/0821|
The Bachelor of Music allows students to build a high level of expertise in their chosen specialisation - classical or jazz performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology or creative music technology - while also allowing them the flexibility to sample a variety of musical approaches.
Students benefit from a vibrant, nurturing and productive environment, with modern facilities, unique archival collections and scholarship opportunities. They will enjoy a wide range of performance opportunities, including with international visiting artists, and have the option of undertakings overseas units as part of their degree. In addition to learning practical skills, students are exposed to the historical, creative, technical and cultural aspects of music making and musical thinking.
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music teaches, researches, and promotes public outreach in five fields of music endeavour: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology and creative music technology. Students specialise in one field, but gain experience in a unified way in all five areas.
Students with strong musical aptitude undertaking this specialisation are expected to acquire an assured technique and an awareness of the history of performance style and practice. Students develop their stylistic understanding and interactive musical skills by performing in a variety of ensembles. Throughout the program students are examined on both solo and ensemble work.
Students undertaking this specialisation can expect to acquire experience and skills in music composition. The program offers supervision of students' compositional projects and encourages work in various media, including traditional, electronic, and contemporary solo and ensemble combinations. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music organises a number of large and small instruments and ensemble choral groups and encourages performance of students compositions.
Students who choose either of these specialisations, or a combination of both, can expect to develop their critical thinking about music, including broadening their understanding of the role of music in society, music history, philosophical and aesthetic aspects of music, performance practice, and the music traditions of different cultures.
In the musicology stream, students undertake close studies of music history, biography and historiography from various periods and from a wide variety of perspectives.
In the ethnomusicology stream, students make detailed area studies of selected music cultures of Asia and/or Africa, and may learn to perform in an Indonesian gamelan and in other Asian and African traditions as appropriate for a particular unit for which a student enrols.
The creative music technology specialisation is focused on the creative application of technology within professional music, sound, broadcast and multimedia and research contexts. Students will develop creative and music technology skills for employment and research within new media, composition, recording and performance creative industries. The program explores the use of music, sound and media, and promotes creative outcomes enabled through current technologies. These are studied within the context of their creative applications.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html).
The Bachelor of Music is designed to allow students to develop advanced skills and knowledge in their chosen specialisation. The opportunities to diversify the degree to engage in cross-cultural and cross-genre interactions help to develop students' creative and critical thinking abilities. These skills inform both their music practice and writing, enable the effective communication of musical ideas, and encourage innovative responses to practical and conceptual challenges in a range of areas, as well as fostering a broader sense of global responsibility.
Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that graduates will be able to:
This course consists of 144 points of music units.
Students must complete:
(a.) a music major: Chief music study and music history (48 points)
(b.) music theory and ear training (24 points)
(c.) elective units (72 points)
No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at first-year level.
Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level.
Students can complete up to 12 points of non-music elective units.
Elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty.
Students must complete two gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html):
Students must complete two cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html):
* Students must achieve at least a credit (60 per cent) in this unit to continue on to ATS3830 Chief music study 5 in performance.
Students must complete two capstone unitscapstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html):
* Students must achieve at least a credit (60 per cent) in this unit to continue on to ATS3831 Chief music study 6 in performance.
Note: Students can take the alternate capstone units as electives.
* This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.
Bachelor of Music