Music major

The Bachelor of Music (double major) is an advanced, practical degree offering specialisations for composers, electronic musicians, musicologists, and performers.

The degree enables students to significantly expand their thinking about music and sound art; to hone their practical skills and technique to an international standard; to work with experts in the field and collaborate with visiting artists and scholars; and to establish lifelong skills in communication and critical thinking. The degree provides a firm foundation for postgraduate study in music, as well as for a variety of careers within the music profession, such as performer, composer, academic, educator, administrator, and a range of other professions in the Arts and beyond.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) integrate transferable skills in critical thinking and communication suitable for professional and academic contexts at a national and international level; (2) demonstrate an experimental and creative orientation in the production and presentation of music and sound artworks; (3) produce work/s that incorporate specialised knowledge within a stream of composition, music technology, musicology, performance, or music education; (4) integrate a command of technique within either composition, musicological research, music technology, or instrumental/vocal performance; (5) apply a high level of musicianship and expression within solo, small ensemble, large ensemble, and project settings; (6) develop advanced concepts and devices in music language (harmony, rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, dynamic) in aural and written analysis OR in relation to physical properties of sound; (7) evaluate in-depth concepts of music, taking into account historical, cultural and aesthetic aspects, across a range of genres and time periods, and a global perspective; and (8) interpret key texts from, a range of music sub-disciplines (e.g. historical musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, music sociology, key musical works from various genres and time periods).

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Successful audition with the School of Music

Music can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP008 Bachelor of Music
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Music is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • 15 Level 1 units
  • 15 Level 2 units
  • 23 Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

The Music Major consists of two streams (specialisations): the Creative Music Technology Stream and the Western Art Stream. Students should choose which stream to follow in their first year. Students must then take units from within their stream as per the unit instructions listed below.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Creative Music Technology stream—for students in the Creative Music Technology stream, take all units (36 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S1 MUSC1321 Music Language 1
Prerequisites:
ATAR MUS Music
or
WACE Music 3A/3B
or
Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
S2 MUSC1322 Music Language 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1321 Music Language 1
or
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
Incompatibility:
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
S1 MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions
Incompatibility:
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
S1, S2 MUSC1345 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 1
Prerequisites:
successful audition comprising an interview AND either a composition portfolio (any style
or
genre, and either written
or
sound)
OR
a musical performance on the instrument/voice of their choice
Co-requisites:
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1 AND enrolled in Bachelor of Music degree
Incompatibility:
MUSC1401 Practical Studies 1 MUSC1741 Practical Studies A MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
S2 MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective
Incompatibility:
MUSC3010 Popular Music and Culture
S1, S2 MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
OR
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
OR
MUSC2455 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 2
Degree-specific major units
Western Art Stream—for students in the Western Art stream, take all units (36 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC1321 Music Language 1
Prerequisites:
ATAR MUS Music
or
WACE Music 3A/3B
or
Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
S2 MUSC1322 Music Language 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1321 Music Language 1
or
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
Incompatibility:
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
S1 MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions
Incompatibility:
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
S1, S2 MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
Prerequisites:
passed Conservatorium of Music audition/composition portfolio
Co-requisites:
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1 AND MJD-MUSST Music Studies Major
OR
MJD-MUSDM Music Double Major
Incompatibility:
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A MUSC1742 Practical Studies B MUSC2741 Practical Studies C MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S1, S2 MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 AND MJD-MUSST Music Studies Major
OR
MJD-MUSDM Music Double Major
Co-requisites:
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2 and enrolled in the Music Studies Major
or
Music Double Major
Incompatibility:
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A MUSC1742 Practical Studies B MUSC2741 Practical Studies C MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S2 MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective
Incompatibility:
MUSC3010 Popular Music and Culture
S1, S2 MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
OR
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
OR
MUSC2455 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 2
S1, S2 MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
OR
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
OR
MUSC1345 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
OR
MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
OR
MUSC2455 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 2

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Creative Music Technology Stream—for students in the Creative Music Technology stream, take all units (36 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
OR
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
OR
MUSC1345 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
OR
MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
OR
MUSC2455 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 2
S1 MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
or
CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering
Incompatibility:
MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
S1 MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space
Prerequisites:
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
S2 MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
Prerequisites:
MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes
S2 MUSC2455 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC1345 Performance Skills 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2 and enrolled in Bachelor of Music
Incompatibility:
MUSC1402 Practical Studies 2
S1 MUSC2520 Music Language 3
Prerequisites:
MUSC1322 Music Language 2
or
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
Incompatibility:
MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
Degree-specific major units
Western Art Stream—for students in the Western Art stream, take all units (36 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
Incompatibility:
MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque) MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classical and Romantic) MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S2 MUSC2342 Music in Action
Incompatibility:
MUSC2331 Western Art Music 1 (Renaissance and Baroque) MUSC2332 Western Art Music 2 (Classical and Romantic) MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S1 MUSC2520 Music Language 3
Prerequisites:
MUSC1322 Music Language 2
or
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
Incompatibility:
MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
S2 MUSC2525 Music Language 4
Prerequisites:
MUSC2520 Music Language 3
S1, S2 MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
Prerequisites:
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2 AND MJD-MUSDM Music Double Major
Co-requisites:
MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
Incompatibility:
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A MUSC1742 Practical Studies B MUSC2741 Practical Studies C MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S1, S2 MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
Prerequisites:
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
Co-requisites:
MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4 AND AND MJD-MUSDM Music Double Major
Incompatibility:
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A MUSC1742 Practical Studies B MUSC2741 Practical Studies C MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S1, S2 MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
Prerequisites:
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
OR
MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
Co-requisites:
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
OR
MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
S1, S2 MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4
Prerequisites:
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
OR
MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
Co-requisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
OR
MUSC3741 Practical Studies D

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Creative Music Technology Stream—for students in the Creative Music Technology stream, take all units (24 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 MUSC3336 Music in Film, TV and Video Games
Prerequisites:
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
S1, S2 MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Prerequisites:
Any two units selected from: MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes; MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations; MUSC2276 Sound, Image and Space; MUSC2277 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems
S1, S2 MUSC3572 Sound Art: Major Project
Prerequisites:
MUSC3571 Sound Art: Advanced Studio
Degree-specific major units
Creative Music Technology stream—for students in the Creative Music Technology stream, take units to the value of at least 12 points from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MUSC3334 Soundscapes of Australia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC3130 Australian Art Music Since Federation
S2 MUSC3335 Music in the Sixties
Prerequisites:
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
S2 MUSC3341 Music, Society, and Ideas
Prerequisites:
MUSC2342 Music in Action
Incompatibility:
MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S1 MUSC3353 Music in the Community
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC2010 Music in the Community
S1, S2 MUSC3543 Advanced Ensemble
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Music unit
Co-requisites:
enrolled in the Music Studies major (degree specific major)
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5, MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6, MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7, MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
S2 MUSC3544 Topics in Performance Practice
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Practical Music 4
or
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5; MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6; MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7; MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
S1 MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Music unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC2610 Introduction to Music Teaching
S2 MUSC3603 Music Wild Card
Prerequisites:
any MUSC Level 2 unit
Degree-specific major units
Western Art Capstone Specialisation—for students in the Western Art stream, take units to the value of 12 points from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 in the specialisation of composition with a portfolio mark of 60%
AND
MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
AND
MUSC2520 Music Language 2 AND EITHER MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
OR
MUSC2342 Music in Action
Co-requisites:
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5
S1, S2 MUSC3582 Principal Studies 6: Composition
Prerequisites:
a mark of at least 60% in MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5 in the specialisation of composition with a portfolio mark of 60%
Co-requisites:
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility:
MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6
S1, S2 MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5: Musicology
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies in any specialisation AND MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3 AND MUSC2520 Music Language 2 AND A mark of 60% in EITHER MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
OR
MUSC2342 Music in Action
Co-requisites:
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Incompatibility:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance MUSC3587 Principal Studies 5: Studio Teaching
S1, S2 MUSC3584 Principal Studies 6: Musicology
Prerequisites:
a mark of at least 60% in MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5 in the specialisation of musicology
Co-requisites:
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 6 MUSC3581 Principal Studies 6: Composition MUSC3585 Principal Studies 6: Performance MUSC3587 Principal Studies 6: Studio Teaching
S1, S2 MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 in the specialisation of performance on the continuing instrument with a performance examination mark of 60% AND MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3 AND MUSC2520 Music Language 2 AND EITHER MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
OR
MUSC2342 Music in Action
Co-requisites:
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Incompatibility:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5: Musicology MUSC3587 Principal Studies 5: Studio Teaching
S1, S2 MUSC3586 Principal Studies 6: Performance
Prerequisites:
MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5 in the specialisation of performance on the continuing instrument with a performance examination mark of 60%
Co-requisites:
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility:
MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6 MUSC3582 Principal Studies 6: Composition MUSC3584 Principal Studies 6: Musicology MUSC3588 Principal Studies 6: Studio Teaching
S1, S2 MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies in any specialisation AND MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3 AND MUSC2520 Music Language 2 AND EITHER MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
OR
MUSC2342 Music in Action AND eligible for Western Australian Working with Children Check (
or
equivalent)
Co-requisites:
Either MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
or
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 (ID 1241)
S1, S2 MUSC3588 Studio Teaching 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility:
MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6 MUSC3582 Principal Studies 6: Composition MUSC3584 Principal Studies 6: Musicology MUSC3586 Principal Studies 6: Performance
Degree-specific major units
Western Art stream—for students in the Western Art stream, take all units (12 points) from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 MUSC3341 Music, Society, and Ideas
Prerequisites:
MUSC2342 Music in Action
Incompatibility:
MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S1 MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Music unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC2610 Introduction to Music Teaching
S1, S2 MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
Co-requisites:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5
OR
MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5 Composition
OR
MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5 Musicology
OR
MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5 Performance
OR
MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
S1, S2 MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Prerequisites:
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5
OR
MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5 Composition
OR
MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5 Musicology
OR
MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5 Performance
OR
MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
Co-requisites:
MUSC3542 Principal Studies 6
OR
MUSC3582 Principal Studies 6 Composition
OR
MUSC3584 Principal Studies 6 Musicology
OR
MUSC3586 Principal Studies 6 Performance
OR
EITHER MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
OR
MUSC3588 Studio Teaching 2
Degree-specific major units
Western Art stream—for students in the Western Art stream, take units to the value of at least 12 points from this group.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MUSC3334 Soundscapes of Australia
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC3130 Australian Art Music Since Federation
S2 MUSC3335 Music in the Sixties
Prerequisites:
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
S2 MUSC3336 Music in Film, TV and Video Games
Prerequisites:
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
S1 MUSC3353 Music in the Community
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Incompatibility:
MUSC2010 Music in the Community
S1, S2 MUSC3543 Advanced Ensemble
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Music unit
Co-requisites:
enrolled in the Music Studies major (degree specific major)
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5, MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6, MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7, MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
S2 MUSC3544 Topics in Performance Practice
Prerequisites:
MUSC2542 Practical Music 4
or
MUSC2402 Practical Studies 4
Incompatibility:
MUSC3401 Practical Studies 5; MUSC3402 Practical Studies 6; MUSC4401 Practical Studies 7; MUSC4402 Practical Studies 8
S2 MUSC3603 Music Wild Card
Prerequisites:
any MUSC Level 2 unit

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .