Our music major sequence develops your knowledge and skills in music language, analysis and musicianship. You’ll be supported to become a professional musician as you learn to apply the knowledge and skills required to perform, create, manipulate, interpret and critique music in safe and culturally appropriate ways, and in ways that align with the competency norms of Australia's creative industries. A music sequence does not require an audition for entry at ACU. The major is also a pathway to becoming a secondary-school music teacher when combined with a tertiary teaching qualification.

Career opportunities

Career outcomes that can arise from this sequence include teaching (when the major is combined with year 12 music performance or AMEB grade five and a tertiary teaching qualification), freelance composition (for film, television, video games, and commercials), music journalism and blogging, publishing, music administration, music retail, music research and work as 'embedded' creative practitioners using the skills developed through the sequence in the corporate and public sector.

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Completion requirements

A student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit offerings, consisting of:

a. at least 10 cp at 100-level (Part A);

b. at least 40 cp at 200-level (Part B);

c. at least 20 cp at 300-level (Part C).

*Students in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education) must complete 60 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of no more than 2 units at 100-level and at least 2 units at 300-level.

Complete at least 10 credit points from the following:

  • MUSC161Foundations of Music Practice10 CP
  • MUSC162Writing About Music: Legacies and Futures10 CP

Complete at least 40 credit points from the following:

  • MUSC202Music in Australia10 CP
  • MUSC268Song Writing and Arranging10 CP
  • MUSC269Contemporary Harmony10 CP
  • MUSC277Western Art Music: Evolution and Revolution10 CP
  • MUSC280Music, Culture and Diversity10 CP
  • MUSC281Popular Music: Stage and Screen10 CP
  • MUSC284Ensemble Direction and Performance10 CP

Complete at least 20 credit points from the following:

  • MUSC335Composing Music10 CP
  • MUSC336Researching Music10 CP
  • HUMA320Major Creative Project10 CP

    Restriction requirement for HUMA320. Permission from the National Head of School or Course Coordinator is required prior to enrolling in this unit if you wish to count towards a particular major.

  • HUMA332Arts and Humanities Special Project10 CP

    Restriction requirement for HUMA332. Permission from the National Head of School or Course Coordinator is required. Quotas apply. An application process will apply for special projects on offer and academic merit will be considered. The student must be undertaking a major taught by the National School of Arts and Humanities (not including Mathematics and Technology).


I choose ACU because the course content and music specialisation appealed to me and also because they offered realistic pathways for mature aged students such as myself and the opportunity to gain credit for some of my past experience.

Christine, Bachelor of Arts, music

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