What is it?
A degree in music aims to serve as professional training for those seeking a career in the music industry.
There are a few types of music degrees. The two most popular are Western (or classical) music and contemporary (or popular) music. While the first type emphasises performance of one or more instruments, the second type emphasises music production and arrangement. You can expect to participate in a range of ensembles and group activities such as orchestras, opera, choirs, bands and workshops. While the course covers a broad base of study, from history to the use of information technology in music, you will also be able to specialise in particular areas, such as performance, composition etc.
What will you study?
The course provides musical education and training to the highest level through the integration of performance (of one or more instruments), music theory and music history.
Conducting; elements of musical notation; ethnomusicology: areas of study and methods of analysis; history of music theory; learning music through digital technology; music composition; the orchestra and its music; topics in tonal theory and analysis.
Typical course duration
A degree in music takes at least three years to complete.
No specific prerequisite subjects are required, but you will usually go through a placement procedure to gauge your ability and to determine if supplementary classes are required.
What do graduates do?
Music graduates can work as musicians, music teachers, music therapists, producers, composers, conductors, music editors or vocalists.