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Bachelor of Music - Musicology

Musicology is the study of music in its cultural, social, historical and stylistic contexts.

The Musicology major provides students with the following:

  • Understanding of the way that music 'works', not only as notes on a page or sounds in a recording, but as the basis of individual actions, social behaviour and expression in both Western and non-Western societies.
  • Understanding of the varied approaches to music research carried out by researchers in the co-disciplines of musicology/ethnomusicology and in related disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology.
  • Development of aural and analytical skills through assessed work in written critiques and analyses of live and recorded music.
  • Development of music-specific and general research skills related to planning essays as well as confidence in written and oral communication.

Musicology students are expected to have a background in basic music theory and will complete the same music theory and history supporting studies coursework undertaken by other Bachelor of Music students. Musicology students typically have some experience in classical, popular, jazz or other styles of music performance. Music performance is not ordinarily a component of the Musicology major, however, and there is no performance audition for this specialisation. For Musicology students who are interested in performance there are a range of ensemble options subject to audition.

The Musicology major develops a range of generic skills in critical and creative thinking, communication, problem-solving and research which are comparable to those developed within a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Musicology major is distinguished by the depth of music-specific knowledge and skills, and the extent to which students are encouraged to develop their own research interests in music.

Completion of the 3-year Bachelor of Music in Musicology prepares students for a variety of career pathways. In further education these include honours and postgraduate studies in Musicology as well as postgraduate qualifications in Arts Administration, Library Science, Education and other areas. Musicology graduates may pursue careers in music and arts journalism, academia, private music teaching, arts and cultural program administration and management, library science. The generic skills developed in Musicology are transferable and may also lead to careers in a wide variety of positions in community, industry, government, and business.

Steven Knopoff
Head, Musicology

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