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.  The discipline of Music is administratively located within the School of Arts and utilises venues on the main UNE campus and in the C.B. Newling building near the centre of the Armidale CBD for teaching and practice.

The Audition and Applying for Admission

The audition process is a separate process to applying for admission.

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.

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

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.

Bachelor Honours

Undergraduate Diplomas in which you can study Music

Postgraduate course work awards in which you can study Music

Postgraduate Research


  • 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
  • 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. 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.

Gordon Atholl Anderson Music Collection

Dixson Library hosts the Gordon Atholl 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:

School of Arts
Ph:  +61 2 6773 2660 or +61 2 6773 2620
Fax:  +61 2 6773 2623