This Bachelor of Contemporary Music prepares students for a portfolio career in music – the multi-faceted career pathway that is now most common for contemporary musicians.
Students learn in a professional music industry environment, using state-of-the-art facilities with lecturers who are all practising musicians.
On-campus facilities include recording studios, music production labs, keyboard lab, and Studio One29 – a professional-standard concert performance space. Students participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities throughout the degree and can immerse themselves in the rich local music scene that includes major annual events such as Splendour in the Grass and the APRA AMCOS songwriters’ workshops featuring visiting artists which are held on campus.
There are eight streams:
The flexible course structure enables students to choose the pathway most suited to their interests. Students can combine elements from different streams to create their own pathway.
All students participate in collaborative, practical music-making activities throughout the degree. An extensive ensemble program includes small and large repertoire-focused groups and student-led project bands. Students write, arrange, rehearse, record and perform a wide range of music, and are encouraged to develop their own creative projects.
Performance audition and Songwriting/Composition audition streams
The Performance audition stream and the Songwriting/Composition audition stream offer students who are entering the course with high-level abilities the opportunity to work closely with staff and hone their skills in a specialist area. Students in these streams receive extensive one-on-one tuition and consultations.
Please note that students wishing to be considered for the performance or songwriting/composition audition streams must complete the audition process as part of their application to this course.
Students who achieve a high level in the performance non-audition stream, or songwriting/composition non-audition stream, can transfer into the audition stream in second year.
Music Education stream
Students who complete the degree with the Music Education stream can then apply for a graduate education course (such as the Master of Teaching at Southern Cross) to become a secondary school music teacher. The Bachelor of Contemporary Music course structure enables students to also pick up a second teaching area by taking elective units in either English, history, maths or geography.
Sound Production stream
The Sound Production stream develops students’ skills in live recording and sound engineering. Students have access to state-of-the-art production facilities, including purpose-built recording and performance spaces. They work closely with performers and songwriters in both live and recording environments.
New Media Arts and Screen streams
Students in the New Media Arts stream and the Screen stream pursue design, film, video and emerging arts practices. There are opportunities for students to collaborate on projects with students studying the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication and the Bachelor of Art and Design.
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