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Bachelor of Music

Approved Abbreviation: BMus

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1659.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 065052F

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2017 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2015 and 2016 - 1659.3 - Bachelor of Music

Commencement Year 2011 and 2014 - 1659.2 - Bachelor of Music

Commencement Year 2009 and 2010 - 1659.1 - Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music develops innovative, articulate musicians who contribute to the music community and the culture it serves. It offers high-level training in music, music performance, composition, sound technologies, music theory, musicology, arranging music and music analysis. It does this in well-equipped studios, and in a lecture/workshop/tutorial environment. Skills in music performance, composition and sound technologies are augmented by intellectual, theoretical and contextual studies. An active staff of music-academics supports students to develop their individual goals.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Clare
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above


Applicants will be selected by one of two methods


1. an interview/audition or interview/submission of a recording of original compositions in which personal aptitude, professional experience and educational qualifications are taken into consideration.

After applicants have applied to UAC they are required to book an interview/audition and download a questionnaire at this University's online audition booking system.

Online audition booking system


2. a written application that demonstrates that the applicant has attained a pass standard (minimum) of 6th Grade Performance (Instrument or voice) through the AMEB or equivalent (e.g. Trinity College) AND a pass standard (minimum) of 4th Grade musicianship and/or theory through the AMEB or equivalent (e.g. Trinity College).

After applicants have applied to UAC they are required to download a questionnaire at this University's online site, complete the questionnaire and then scan it and upload it to this University's online site together with the supporting documentation i.e. certificates demonstrating the applicant’s level of achievement in performance and musicianship and/or music theory.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Alternate Entry Pathway

The exceptional merit pathway (EMP) will offer those students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the creative industries area that is assessed as meeting the Course Learning Outcomes, to receive either a direct or conditional offer. Students will be required to complete an audition or submit a recording of original compositions, take part in at least one workshop and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus Young Creatives events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in either a direct or conditional entry offer for the following year. Though the direct offer is a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will remain contingent on the successful completion of the HSC. Students who participate in this program but do not qualify for a direct offer would be eligible for a conditional offer, with the additional requirement of an ATAR of 55+.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.


Year 1

Autumn session

102546.1Western Art Music History
102564.1Music Theory Fundamentals
102553.1Music Performance 1
102558.1Music Production

Spring session

102547.1Popular Music Histories
102565.1Songwriting and Music Theory
102554.1Music Performance 2
102559.1Sound Design

Year 2

Autumn session

102551.1Music, Culture and Discourse
102548.1Composition and Creativity

One sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

102552.1The Politics of Australian Music
102566.1Arranging Music

One sub-major unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

102429.1Music Careers Research
101152.4Music and Analysis

One sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

102573.1Music and Critical Thought
102430.1Professional Music Project

One sub-major unit

And one sub-major unit or elective


Note: The sub-majors listed below are only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music.

All students must complete one of the following sub-majors.

One of the other sub-majors may also be completed using elective places.

SM1017.1Music Performance
SM1126.1Music Production

Please note: SM1126 Music Production replaces SM1016 Sound Technologies from 2018. Students who choose to remain in SM1016 Sound Technologies will need to take their remaining units from the replaced equivalent units.

Note: The sub-majors listed below are only available to non-Bachelor of Music students but restrictions apply

SM1047.1Music Performance Studies
SM1127.1Music Production Studies

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2017 or earlier.

102427 - Western Art Music 1

101520 - Basic Composition, Craft and Theory

101525 - Introduction to Music Performance

101526 - Introduction to Sound Technologies

102428 - Western Art Music 2

101522 - Composition, Craft and Theory

101524 - Free and Notated Music Performance

101538 - Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment

101523 - Cultural Paradigms and Music

101530 - Music Composition: concepts and Creativity

101528 - Modes and Codes in Music Production

101120 - Arranging Musics

101742 - Music and Philosophy

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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