The ACU Music sequence will develop your skills in composition, conducting, music technology, musicology, and music criticism and analysis.
As an ACU Music student you will engage with the fundamentals of music language as it operates in a diverse range of styles and genres, and be taught to observe, understand and apply complex music processes drawn from the music of the past and the present. Through the program you will interact with a diverse range of music, including contemporary popular music, Western classical music, film music, music theatre, and music from around the world.
You will also engage with the cultural, social, aesthetic, historical and ethical functions of music through studies in musicology.
In the first year you will consider the foundations of contemporary musical practices, located around notating, recording, understanding, contextualising and communicating musical ideas.
In the second year, you will engage in breadth studies in different repertoire areas and develop specific skill sets around music production, conducting, song writing, arrangement, and harmony.
In the third year, you will operate in a pre-professional environment and draw together the skills developed through the sequence to produce a folio of creative work and undertake an in-depth study of a practitioner, a style, a genre, or a culturally-significant work.
In 2014 Professor Timothy McKenry was awarded an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for “innovative and inspiring teaching that fosters a vibrant creative culture for students of music composition”.
As an ACU Music graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will:
- Possess skills in musicianship, conducting, music composition and music technology
- Be equipped to work with the music of all styles and genres
- Have a robust grounding in the skills fundamental to being an effective educator and a capable and innovative creative practitioner
- Be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with creative artists from a range of disciplines
Where to from ACU?
- Music can lead to stimulating and rewarding work in freelance composition (for film, television, video games, and commercials); music journalism and blogging; publishing; music administration; music retail; music research; and work as an 'embedded' creative practitioner in the corporate and public sectors.
- Our Music specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral level
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification and Year 12 Music Performance or AMEB Grade 5, the Music specialisation is an enriching pathway to becoming a senior secondary-school Music teacher.