Bachelor of Music

Approved Abbreviation: BMus

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1659.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 065052F

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 2009 or 2010.

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.

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.


You will be selected on an interview/audition in which personal aptitude, professional experience and educational qualifications are taken into consideration. After you have applied to UAC you are required to book yourself in for an interview/audition and download a questionnaire at this University’s online audition booking system available at:

Online audition booking system

If you have difficulty in accessing the web, call 1300 897 669. Please bring the completed questionnaire with you to the audition. At your audition you will be asked to perform from two contrasting pieces of music.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points.


Year 1

Autumn session

101519Musics, Histories and Flights of the Imagination
101520Basic Composition, Craft and Theory
101525Introduction to Music Performance
101526Introduction to Sound Technologies

Spring session

101534Music: Modernism, Postmodernism and Beyond
101522Composition, Craft and Theory
101524Free and Notated Music Performance
101538Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment

Year 2

Autumn session

101523Cultural Paradigms and Music
101530Music Composition: Concepts and Creativity

One sub-major unit

And one elective unit

Spring session

101528Modes and Codes of Music Production
101120Arranging Musics

One sub-major unit

And one elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101532Music in Theory and Practice
101152Music and Analysis

One sub-major unit

And one elective unit

Spring session

101529Music and Meaning
101472Music Project

One sub-major unit

And one sub-major or elective unit

Optional elective units available to all students

102248Music and Wellbeing
102281Popular Music Communities


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.

SM1016Sound Technologies
SM1017Music Performance

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

SM1039Sound Technology Studies
SM1047Music Performance Studies

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

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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