Double Major Overview

Description

The Bachelor of Music 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 Conservatorium of Music

Corequisite

Enrolment in the Bachelor of Music

Incompatibilities

MJD-MUSST Music Studies (ID 1146)

MJS-SPMST Music Specialist Studies

MJD-MSTGM Music General Studies (ID 4813)

MJD-MEMSD Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design (ID 4812)

Courses

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

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025

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 None
S1 MUSC1321 Music Language 1
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR MUS Music
or WACE Music 3A/3B
or Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory
Incompatibility
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
S2 MUSC1322 Music Language 2
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
MUSC1321 Music Language 1 (ID 1121)
Incompatibility
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
S1 MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions
Incompatibility
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
S1 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 MUSC1345 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 1
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
Successful completion of
ATAR MUS Music
or WACE Music 3A/3B
or Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory
Incompatibility
MUSC1201 Techniques of Music 1
S2 MUSC1322 Music Language 2
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
MUSC1321 Music Language 1 (ID 1121)
Incompatibility
MUSC1202 Techniques of Music 2
S1 MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions
Incompatibility
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
S1, S2 MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
Conservatorium of Music audition/composition portfolio
Co-requisites
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1
And Enrolment in
MJD-MUSDM Music
Or MJD-MUSST Music Studies
Incompatibility
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S1, S2 MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
Prerequisites
MUSC1341 Principal Studies 1 and
Enrolment in
MJD-MUSDM Music
or MJD-MUSST Music Studies
Co-requisites
MUSC1592 Music Large Ensemble 2
Incompatibility
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or 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 MUSC1345 Keyboard and Performance Technologies 1
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: Sampling and Synthesis
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
S1 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 (ID 1138)
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 (ID 1138)
Incompatibility
MUSC2201 Techniques of Music 3
S2 MUSC2525 Music Language 4
Prerequisites
Unit(s) MUSC2520 Music Language 3 (ID 1163)
S1, S2 MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3
Prerequisites
MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2
and Enrolment in
MJD-MUSDM Music
Co-requisites
MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
Incompatibility
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
S1, S2 MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
Prerequisites
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3 (ID 1164) and Completion of 12 points (2 units) from
MUSC1321 Music Language 1 (ID 1121)
, MUSC1322 Music Language 2 (ID 1138)
, MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions (ID 7091)
, MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective (ID 1183)
Co-requisites
MUSC2592 Music Large Ensemble 4
Incompatibility
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or 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 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
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
any level 2 unit
Incompatibility
MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S1, S2 MUSC3543 Conducting
Prerequisites
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Co-requisites
enrolled in the Bachelor of Music
Or enrolled in the Music Studies major
Or enrolled in the Music General Studies major
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 (MUSC) unit
Incompatibility
MUSC2610 Introduction to Music Teaching
N/A 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 and in the specialisation of composition with a portfolio mark of at least 60%
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 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
S1, S2 MUSC3582 Principal Studies 6: Composition
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition with a mark of at least 60% and 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 4
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 and a mark of at least 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
Successful completion of
MUSC3583 Principal Studies 5: Musicology and a mark of at least 60%
Co-requisites
MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility
All of the following
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5
or MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition
or MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance
or MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
S1, S2 MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance
Prerequisites
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 and in the specialisation of performance on the continuing instrument with a performance examination mark of at least 60%
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 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 Studio Teaching 1
S1, S2 MUSC3586 Principal Studies 6: Performance
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance on the continuing instrument and 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 4 in any specialisation
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 and
MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
or MUSC2342 Music in Action
Co-requisites
Either MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Or MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 (ID 1241).
MUSC3561 Practical Pedagogy in the Music Studio (ID 7812)
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 MUSC3561 Practical Pedagogy in the Music Studio (ID 7812)
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
any level 2 unit
Incompatibility
MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
S1 MUSC3560 Music Education in Research and Practice
Prerequisites
any Level 2 Music (MUSC) 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
Or MUSC3561 Practical Pedagogy in the Music Studio
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 MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1
Or MUSC3588 Studio Teaching 2
Or MUSC3561 Practical Pedagogy in the Music Studio
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
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 MUSC3337 Analysis for Interpreting Music of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Prerequisites
Unit(s) MUSC2525 Music Language 4 (ID 5124)
and Unit(s) MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3 (ID 1164)
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
MJD-MUSDM Music (ID 4839)
Incompatibility
MUSC3522 Music Analysis in Theory and Practice (ID 1193)
S1, S2 MUSC3543 Conducting
Prerequisites
any Level 2 MUSC unit
Co-requisites
enrolled in the Bachelor of Music
Or enrolled in the Music Studies major
Or enrolled in the Music General Studies major
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 MUSC3561 Practical Pedagogy in the Music Studio
Prerequisites
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 and in any specialisation
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 and EITHER
MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
or MUSC2342 Music in Action
Co-requisites
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
Or MUSC3592 Music Large Ensemble 6
Incompatibility
MUSC3587 Studio Teaching 1 MUSC3588 Studio Teaching 2
N/A MUSC3603 Music Wild Card
Prerequisites
any MUSC Level 2 unit