Study Music

Studying Music will equip you with comprehensive knowledge and skills in performance, composition, ear training, music theory, music technology, music history and music cultures, including popular music.

We've taught Music at UNE since 1972 and are expert in helping students  reach their full potential. 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. We specialise in flexible and innovative approaches to online music study.

Gordon Athol Anderson Music Collection: UNE's 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.

Undergraduate and postgraduate study

We offer an undergraduate major in Music in the Bachelor of Arts, as well as an Honours program and degrees at Masters and PhD level. Study on campus in Armidale or fully online in your own home, or abroad.

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.

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

Bachelor degrees

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

Study Music as part of the following diplomas:

Honours and postgraduate courses
Auditions and applying

Auditions are necessary for entry into the following courses:

You must apply for admission to our Music courses online.

Note: You must ALSO fill out an application to audition form. Following the submission of your audition form, you will be contacted with further information including the submission date for your audition

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

To assist you with your application, please refer to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music), or Bachelor of Education In-Service Conversion (Schedule C Music) information in the Course and Unit Catalogue.

Auditions are undertaken live and online. Applicants requiring online auditions 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:

Our staff

To contact an academic or find a research supervisor, visit or staff page.

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Career options

Music graduates typically have skills in dynamic and flexible thinking, and are prepared for  challenges in the 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
  • teaching music.

Further information

For more information about our courses and studying at UNE, please contact AskUNE.