Music Specialist Studies is a stepping stone to a variety of careers in the music profession.

Introduction

This major provides you with a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education and an intensive concentration in a chosen area of specialisation:

  • performance
  • composition
  • musicology

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Course description, features and facilities

Music Specialist Studies enables you, as an emerging musician or composer, to pursue postgraduate training at national and international centres of music excellence, postgraduate study to become an accredited music teacher, or advanced research training in various music sub-disciplines.

Please note: this major can only be taken by Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students concurrently enrolled in the Music Studies major.

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Student profile – Aniarani Andita

Music Specialist Studies has given me perfect balance between study of theory and history of music and practical music training. Units on Music Language and Western Art Music provide firm foundation on music understanding and its application to practical performance. Units on world and popular music gave new and fresh perspectives of music within social and cultural context.

The course is taught by more than competent and engaging teachers; in fact my biggest highlight so far is the chance to have one-on-one piano lesson with Mrs. Pauline Belviso, who is a magnificent teacher and mentor.

I also got a chance to do broadening units in Italian language, which is highly complementary to my understanding of music pieces. In short, I came here to live a dream, and so far it has been more than fulfilling!

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Music Specialist Studies is only available as a second major in conjunction with the Music Studies major.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of areas including the creative and performing arts, music education, the entertainment industry and associated fields. Many graduates have careers as performing musicians, either with an orchestra, an ensemble, as conductors or composers, or a combination of all of these. Others go on to become music administrators, music or arts managers, music journalists or librarians.

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Further study opportunities

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.

Recent graduate destinations include Australian National Academy of Music, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as well as Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music and the Academy of Ancient Music.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Music 3A/3B
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Music ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • Studies equivalent to WACE Music 3A/3B
29

Additional information

You must pass an audition to be eligible for a Music course. The required standard for Music Specialist Studies is AMEB Grade 7 Practical or equivalent (eg: ABRSM Grade 8 Performance). Auditions are organised by the School of Music (see further information on auditions). A theory background comparable to WACE Music 3A/3B or equivalent (eg: AMEB Grade 5 Theory; ABRSM Grade 6 Theory) is also required.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees
  6. Information for…
  7. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

How to apply

You must pass an audition to be eligible for a Music course. The required standard for Music Specialist Studies is AMEB Grade 7 Practical or equivalent (eg: ABRSM Grade 8 Performance). Auditions are organised by the School of Music (see further information on auditions). A theory background comparable to WACE Music 3A/3B or equivalent (eg: AMEB Grade 5 Theory; ABRSM Grade 6 Theory) is also required.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Future Students

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Crawley, Perth
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Music Specialist Studies: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-20 hours plus own practice and study time, rehearsals and performances.
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
School of Music
35 Stirling Highway CRAWLEY WA 6009
music@uwa.edu.au
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6488 2051
Additional information