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Bachelor of Music - Popular Music

The Popular Music program responds to the current demands of the contemporary music industry and arms students with the knowledge and skills to excel as music professionals.

The focus of the program is on song writing and production, underpinned by practical studies in ensemble performance. Through mentorship in small groups, you will bring out the best in your songs in an environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, while enabling the development of your own unique style of composition. You will also be exposed to up-to-the minute research in contemporary music history and analysis, develop a range of music literacy skills, and engage with emerging technologies, giving you the edge in adapting to the dynamic nature of the contemporary music industry.

Through the program, you will have 24/7 access to rehearsal and recording studios in order to record your work and develop your production skills in industry standard facilities; you will also undertake regular performances of your work. In the final semester of the program, you will complete a capstone course, which incorporates industry mentorship and business coaching for independent musicians, the creation of a digital identity and presence for your work and graduation recital of your original music. As a student of Elder Conservatorium, you will be part of South Australia’s largest community of tertiary musicians.

The Bachelor of Music (Popular Music and Creative Technologies) provides you with skills to suit a wide variety of employment opportunities in the music industry, including: musician, composer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, DJ, music critic, administrator, music researcher, music journalist or broadcaster. You will also develop transferable skills applicable to a wide range of industries, including: creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and team work, and expand your skills further through the opportunity to study elective courses outside music, such as: Arts, Business, Science or Media.

This program opens pathways to further study including honours and post-graduate study.

Audition/Interview Requirements

Dr Luke Harrald
Head, Popular Music

For eligibility and entry requirements, please visit Degree Finder.

Entry requirements for the advanced degree

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts



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