UAC Undergraduate Course Description

Applying through UAC

B Music

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480730  3F/EqP A+C 3 Mar 2014
28 Jul 2014
16 Jan 2014
11 Jun 2014

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

Applicants who add music as a preference after Monday 28 October 2013 are advised to contact the University directly on (02) 4921 5000 for audition availability information.

Assumed knowledge: A demonstrated expertise across any of the styles performed is expected by the Audition Panel. For those applicants with a graded background, approximately a Grade 6–8 AMEB or equivalent, or Music 1 is expected.

Recommended studies: Music 1 or Music 2 or external Music Studies.

Additional selection criteria: As well as submitting a UAC application and meeting the University's minimum academic-entry requirement, you must apply directly to the Conservatorium for an audition. For audition dates, an application form and requirements, visit or call (02) 4921 8900.

A satisfactory audition/interview is a requirement of admission, together with an acceptable level of attainment in Year 12 or equivalent.

At the audition you are required to perform three pieces of music in contrasting styles or genres, providing your own accompaniment or CD backing where required. A list of local accompanists is also available from the Conservatorium.

Composers are required to submit a portfolio of three compositions or soundworks displaying contrasting forms or diversity.

Applicants also sit aural and theory tests, which include basic music theory, music notation, listening, rhythmic and pitch perception.

If you do not undertake the audition, you will not be eligible for an offer.

Major studies: Composition, creative production, musicology, performance (instrument, voice), second instrument, studio teaching (private). Minor studies: A minor strand is pursued through other directed courses, including baroque brass, chamber choir, contemporary music, flamenco guitar, music production and wind ensemble. Availability of these may vary.

Honours: Available as an additional year to meritorious students who complete their degree studies with normally at least a credit grade point average.

Career opportunities: Examples include freelance musician, professional orchestral player, music producer in recording or mixing, musical arranger, composer, musical instrument maker or repairer, music publishing, conductor, musical director, DJ, studio teacher, music editor, member of an opera company, recording session musician, community or private music teacher, university lecturer, member of a defence forces band, computer music maker, music journalist, or music researcher. With additional study, graduates can also undertake careers as music therapists, arts administrators, public relations officers, librarians in music resources, business managers for music organisations, or musicians, marketing/public relations staff in the theatre, and secondary school teachers.

Additional information: B Music students will attain a high level of skill in a principal instrument/voice. Practical activities within the program include concert performance in the principal instrument/voice, chamber music, choir and orchestra. Final examination is a public recital. For composers, public performance of your music is an essential part of your program.

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