The discipline of Music is administratively located within the School of Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is physically located in the C.B. Newling building near the centre of the Armidale CBD. Since its establishment in 1972, Music at UNE very rapidly built a history of excellence both in teaching and research. Its commitment to nurturing individuality to enable students to reach their full potential has remained its greatest strength.
All students wishing to enrol in either the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Teaching degree must sit for an audition. There are three components to the audition - a practical performance, a theory examination and a personal statement. To register for an audition and/or to obtain further information about the audition process please visit our AUDITIONS webpage.
Please Note: Before applying to audition you need to make a formal application for admission to one of our courses. Please refer to the Bachelor of Music information in the Course and Unit Catalogue or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Teaching information in the Course and Unit Catalogue for details on the Music-based courses. Note that the way you apply for admission varies according to whether you have previously studied at UNE. You will either apply through UAC or QTAC, or directly to UNE. Applicants for distance education and former/current UNE students apply directly to UNE; new applicants for on-campus study apply through UAC or QTAC.
Why Study Music at UNE?
Courses and units at UNE are designed to enable students to gain a real understanding for the underlying unity in all music studies. On-campus students not only participate in UNE’s stimulating intellectual community, but also benefit from Armidale’s unique cultural environment. Students can join a variety of traditional and/or world music ensembles to gain a breadth of experience that prepares them for a variety of careers. Many students live in one of the student colleges, which are a special part of the UNE experience. Off-campus students benefit from UNE’s expertise in providing units online.
UNE Music Lesson Prize
A limited number of music lesson prizes may be available for newly enrolled students studying full-time and in the internal mode. If you are interested in applying for this prize, please indicate your interest via the "Online Application to Audition" form, which can be accessed from the Auditions webpage. If you wish to apply for a UNE Music Lesson Prize you must audition, irrespective of any possible recognition of prior learning. The University reserves the right not to award prizes.
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The majority of undergraduate students at UNE study music through either the Bachelor of Music (3 years full-time equivalent) course or the combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Teaching (4 years full-time equivalent). Some units may be undertaken in other generalist courses (see below).
Bachelor’s courses where you can major in Music
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching
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.
Undergraduate Diplomas in which you can study Music
Advanced Diploma in Arts
MUSI101 Fundamental Musical Processes and Structures
MUSI111 Encounters in Music
MUSI205 Foundation Studies in Music Performance I
MUSI206 Foundation Studies in Music Performance II
MUSI207 Foundations in Music Craft
MUSI208 Foundations in Music Composition
MUSI209 Concepts and Approaches in the Cultural Study of Music
MUSI301 Aural and Musicianship Skills
MUSI330 Asian Musical Traditions
MUSI331 Western Music Aesthetics and Analysis, 1789-1914
MUSI332 The Past is a Foreign Culture: Early European Music and the Enlightenment
MUSI333 Music and Migration
MUSI349 Notation and Musical Performance
MUSI351 Improvisation and Musical Performance
MUSI352 History, Culture and Musical Performance
MUSI353 Ensemble Performance in Music
MUSI354 Composition/Craft: Australian Music
MUSI355 Composition/Craft: Technology and Music
MUSI356 Composition/Craft: Music, Numbers and Patterns
MUSI357 Composition/Craft: Music Loops and Sound Producers
MUSI401H Music Hons Coursework
MUSI402H Music Hons Dissertation [Bachelor of Arts Hons]
MUSI403H Music Hons Dissertation [Bachelor of Music Hons]
MUSI560 Fundamentals of Music Technology [candidature in a postgraduate award]
There exists a great diversity of choice for someone seeking employment in music related fields at the present time. Most musicians gain income through teaching in addition to other income sources. Pathways exist for students to complete a Bachelor of Music and then progress to a postgraduate teaching qualification (eg the Graduate Diploma in Education). Many musicians choose to combine a variety of musical activities in their careers. For instance it is quite common to find people working simultaneously as freelance performers or composers (often for film or television) as well as doing private instrumental teaching.
Music at the University of New England is housed in an impressive heritage building known as the CB Newling Centre, separate to the Northern Campus of the University of New England. The building is situated in extensive gardens overlooking the town of Armidale and has considerable space for a diverse range of musical activities.
For more information about Armidale visit: www.armidaleregion.com.au
Music's collection of non-western instruments is the largest at a tertiary institution in Australia. It includes two Indonesian Gamelan ensembles (slendro and degung) which are actively used by student groups, a Cook Island Drum ensemble, a number of West African Drum ensembles (Ewe, Ashanti, Shona and Mande), numerous Indian musical instruments, as well as a variety of other instruments from throughout, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. A recent addition to the collection was a gift of Matsuri Bayashi (festival music) instruments from Armidale's sister city Kanuma in Japan.
In addition, there is an extensive collection of string, brass, and woodwind instruments used by students for 'second' instrument instruction. Furthermore, the school's collection of percussion instruments includes a marimba, a xylophone, a pair of tympani, tubular bells, and a tamtam. Other electronic instruments and equipment as used in a standard contemporary music ensemble are also available for access by students.
The central auditorium in the CB Newling Centre seats 250 people and is used for concerts as well as community music performances, rehearsals and music competitions. The University's Lazenby Hall seats over 500, and is situated on the Northern Campus. It is available for large scale concerts and houses the University's Steinway grand piano.
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.
For enquiries regarding Music please contact:
UNE Music Administrative Assistant
Ph: +61 2 6773 6564
Fax: +61 2 6773 6450
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