Music

Welcome to Music at UNE! Since its establishment in 1972, Music at UNE very rapidly built a history of excellence both in teaching and research. We are committed to nurturing individuality to enable students to reach their full potential. Music is administratively located within the School of Arts at the University of New England in Armidale, one of Australia's richest regional music communities. UNE Music is also Australia's premiere provider of online undergraduate tertiary music studies. We specialise in flexible and innovative approaches to online music study.

Why study Music at UNE?

UNE Music offers unique opportunities to grow musical knowledge and skills in the context of an innovative online learning environment. We aim to develop independent, critically thinking graduates who are equipped for a career in music. Our Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) and Bachelor of Arts (Music) programs equip students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in performance, composition, ear training, music theory, music technology, music history and music cultures, including popular music. Learning is focused around core academic and creative skills in music, with opportunities for minor specialisations in one or more areas of study. Students develop a creative and/or research portfolio to showcase their abilities as they transition to professional careers in the creative industries and education sectors. Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) students study and practice classroom pedagogy in preparation for careers in primary and secondary music teaching.

UNE Music’s Diploma in Music Skills, Diploma in Music Technology and Advanced Diploma in Arts (Music) provide opportunities for developing core knowledge and skills in specific areas of music study. Upon completion, pathways to further study include progression to a full bachelor program in Music or Education at UNE.

Beyond Bachelor-level qualifications in music, UNE Music offers honours, graduate coursework and graduate research degrees in music. Honours and graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with some of Australia leading experts across a range of specialist topics in music composition, music history, music pedagogy, music technology and/or performance.

How do I apply to study Music at UNE?

You must apply online for admission to our Music courses. All applicants wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) or Diploma in Music Skills must undertake an audition. As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to fill out an audition application form. Following the submission of your application, you will be contacted with further information including the submission date for your audition materials.

Please refer to the application and admission dates web page for  opening and closing dates.

  • Auditions are undertaken online and applicants will be given access to an online auditions site to upload their practical performance pieces and to complete the theory exam.

To obtain further information about the audition process, please visit our Music Audition webpage.

For further information on Honours and Higher Degree Research entry requirements see:

Undergraduate courses

The majority of undergraduate students at UNE study Music through either the Bachelor of Music (3 years full-time equivalent) or the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) (4 years full-time equivalent). Some units may be undertaken in other generalist courses.

Music can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study Music as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study Music

Postgraduate courses
Units
Careers

UNE Music programs foster independence, preparing students for the challenges of today's creative and performing arts industries. Our students typically move on to careers in:

  • independent music practice (performance, composition or music production)
  • studio music teaching
  • arts administration and marketing
  • community arts leadership
  • commercial music organisations
  • music scholarship and criticism

Pathways exist for students to complete a Bachelor of Music and then progress to a postgraduate teaching qualification. Many musicians choose to combine a variety of musical activities in their careers by managing their own music businesses. For example, graduates may work simultaneously as freelance performers or composers while also teaching private instrumental lessons or running community music ensembles.

Partnerships and networks
Gordon Athol Anderson Music Collection

Dixson Library hosts the Gordon Athol Anderson Music Collection, one of the largest collections in the southern hemisphere of books, photographs and microfilms concerning medieval music.

Further information

For enquiries regarding Music please contact: music@une.edu.au