Bachelor of Music

The ANU Bachelor of Music provides an environment for you to explore your interests and to study with an internationally recognised faculty. Our academics are more than just teachers, they are active professionals who will mentor and guide you through your journey. We have a unique teaching pedagogy that combines the best elite European conservatory training with cutting edge technological advances of the 21st century.

Housing one of the most advanced recording studios in the world, the ANU School of Music will prepare you for a broad spectrum of musical careers ranging from classical and jazz performance to electronic music, multimedia composition and audio engineering to historical musicology, or ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

Music at ANU

All students receive a broad core training in music theory and aural skills, and an overview of the historical and social context of music with a focus on music written after 1900.

You can specialise in one of our five majors:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Composition for Film and Video Games
  • Music technology
  • Musicology

You will have the opportunity to explore the genres of classical, jazz, contemporary, popular and world music as well as the intersections of these genres with the technologies of electronic music, audio recording and multimedia.

The School of Music offers generous one-to-one teaching allocations for undergraduate Performance majors, and a host of workshop opportunities for composition students. You will also have access to magnificent purpose-built facilities including Llewellyn Hall, which regularly hosts concerts by national and international soloists and ensembles, our brand new recording studio, a Yil Lull Indigenous recording studio, a range of post-production facilities, a Pro Tools/Logic lab, and an ambisonic performance space. You are only a short walk away from major cultural institutions such as the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Library.

Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of Music can be combined with degrees in Arts, Law, Social Science, Business, Science, Engineering or Advanced Computing as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see anu.edu.au/study/study-options/flexible-double.

Study overseas

There are internship and study abroad opportunities for both international and domestic students. See anip.anu.edu.au or anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs for more information.

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Key facts

3 years
Semester 1 intake
Honours option available

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UAC Code: 139114
CRICOS Code: 073990G

Career options

There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the music industry.

Today, music inhabits most of our waking hours, whether that be through the internet, car radios, mobile phones, concerts, film scores, advertising or dance clubs. As information technology has made the world smaller, the opportunities for the creation and dissemination of music have increased exponentially and demand for a new kind of performer and composer has risen.

Our students graduate with a range of professional skills that are applicable to careers in performance, multimedia composition, electronic music, audio recording, music education, sound design, academic research, music entrepreneurship, and digital media and technology.

Hear from our students

"I found it really changed and shaped who I was as a musician for the better. I think I've really grown, not just from what I've learned from there, but also all the people that I've met."
Olivia Faletoese , Bachelor of Music

My brilliant career

Being within the music community at the School of Music, fully engaged... it was just excellent. I remember feeling happy every day coming into uni.
Hayley Manning , Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science

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Fees, scholarships & apply

Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

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