Bachelor of Music

Approved Abbreviation: BMus

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1659.3

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 2015 or 2016.

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 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.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Clare MacLean

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


Applicants will be selected by one of two methods:


1. an interview/audition 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.


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).

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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.

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.

Course Structure

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


Year 1

Autumn session

101740Music History 1
101520Basic Composition, Craft and Theory
101525Introduction to Music Performance
101526Introduction to Sound Technologies

Spring session

101741Music History 2
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

Spring session

101528Modes and Codes of Music Production
101120Arranging Musics

One Sub-major unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101532Music in Theory and Practice
101152Music and Analysis

One Sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101742Music and Philosophy
101472Music Project

One Sub-major unit

And one sub-major unit or elective

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

Year 4 - End-On Honours - see 1660.1 Bachelor of Music (Honours)

1660.1 Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Autumn session

101416Creativity: Theory and Practice
101417Project Seminar and Proposal

Spring session

101418Major Research Project

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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