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Bachelor of Music Honours

Honours is a one year qualification taken after an undergraduate degree and involves further study in a particular discipline area.

Honours is a great way to investigate a subject area of interest in greater detail. It is recognised as a prestigious qualification that further develops research, writing and organisational skills. It also demonstrates your ability to undertake high-level study. Entry into Honours is selective and the work at this level is challenging.

Students can undertake the Bachelor of Music Honours in one of the following areas:

  • Classical Voice
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education and Pedagogy
  • Music Performance - Classical
  • Music Performance - Jazz
  • Musicology
  • Popular Music and Creative Technologies
  • Sonic Arts
  • Eligibility

    Entry to the BMusHons is based on your academic record, the completion of a Bachelor award and audition results (where applicable). Factors that may be taken into account include:

    • Grade Point Average of 5 (credit average) for the final year of study
    • Final mark of your instrumental performance course or audition score (where applicable)
    • The area of study in Honours has to be relevant/equivalent to the Bachelor program completed.

    Please contact the Honours Coordinator Kimi Coaldrake to discuss your eligibility and interest.

    You will be required to undertake an audition if you have had a break of more than 6 months from study, have undertaken a program/major different from the one you are applying for, or have done your degree at another institution. Auditions for Honours applicants are normally held in early January each year.

  • Duration and Structure

    The Honours program is one year of full-time study.

    Students are strongly encourage to undertake honours full-time, however part-time study (i.e. over two years) may be approved in special circumstances (e.g. personal or medical). Candidates who wish enrol part-time must submit and Attendance Status Application form in addition to the standard Honours Application Form.

    Leave

    The taking of leave during your Honours program is not recommended. Leave may include interstate or overseas commitments that would impact on your ability to complete your Honours within the required timeframe. You need to seek approval from the Honours Coordinator if you wish to take leave.

    Research Projects and Recitals

    Research projects and recitals are expected to be completed during set time periods. Penalties may apply if these are not adhered to, or if extensions are granted.

Applications and Auditions/Interviews

Potential Honours candidates must submit an Application for Honours . In some cases applicants may need to attend an audition/interview - applicants will be advised if this is required.

Applicants that are required to undertake and audition/interview must meet the requirements below, as applicable to their instrument/area:

  • Classical Voice

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program of classical vocal repertoire which:

    • includes music composed in the period from the 18th century to the 21st century inclusive (including a minimum of one piece composed in the 20/21st century and performed in original language).
    • displays competence in four languages (English, Italian, German & French).
    • shows a good understanding of most of the following styles and genres: ‘Early Music’, Oratorio, Opera, Lieder, French mélodie and Art song.

    Consideration will be given to presentation and musicianship as manifested in the performances. The candidate must demonstrate technical skills and a level of musical maturity at a level equivalent to successful completion of a three year performance degree.

  • Composition

    Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3-4 recent works that demonstrates experience in working with a variety of forms and media, such as (but not limited to) orchestral forces, chamber ensemble, and/or vocal setting of text. The portfolio must include a fully notated score of each work, with at least one work for large forces (e.g. orchestra) and at least one showing the development of musical material over an extended time span (approx. 10-15 minutes in duration).

  • Music Performance - Classical, Brass

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes ONE of the following options:

    1. 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment
    2. 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment
    3. 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10-15 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Music Performance - Classical, Keyboard

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    1. A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).
    2. A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire
    3. An etude or piece of a specifically technical nature.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Music Performance - Classical, Percussion

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    1. Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.
    2. 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion
    3. 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10 - 15minutes of advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in tuned and untuned percussion.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Music Performance - Classical, Strings

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    1. One movement from a Solo Sonatas or Partita by JS Bach
    2. First movement of a major 19th or 20th Century concerto with cadenza
    3. Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Music Performance - Classical, Woodwind

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

    1. One movement from a baroque work
    2. Either one movement from the Mozart Concerto in D or G Concerto OR one movement from a major 19th or 20th Century Concerto
    3. Virtuoso showpiece

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

  • Music Performance - Jazz

    Applicants must present a 25 minute program demonstrating an ability to play in an ensemble environment including a broad range of jazz styles showing accompanying and solo ability.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate jazz performance degree.

  • Musicology

    Applicants should submit an example of a research essay of approx. 3000-5000 words on a music-related topic.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate degree.

  • Popular Music & Creative Technologies

    Applicants must submit studio recordings of three original songs, a video of them performing live and a CV.

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate music degree.

  • Sonic Arts

    Applicants must submit a recorded portfolio of work of approximately 20 minutes duration demonstrating an advanced level of skill in one or more of the following areas:

    1. composition using electronic or electro-acoustic media
    2. sound design, computer programming for sound/music
    3. live electronic/electro-acoustic music performance
    4. hardware/ software development
    5. audio recording/production

    The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate music degree.

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SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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