Conservatorium of Music

Undergraduate

Further information

Important

For mid-semester entry, please contact the Music Office on

  • music@uwa.edu.au
  • 08 6488 7835
For 2018 entry, please register here for an audition. 

Instrumental/vocal/composition tuition

The Conservatorium of Music offers 1-1 tuition in:

  • Violin
    • Viola
    • Cello
    • Double Bass
    • Classical Guitar
    • Harp

    • Bassoon
    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • Oboe
    • Recorder
    • Saxophone

    • Euphonium
    • French Horn
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Tuba

    • Percussion

    • Piano
    • Organ
    • Forte Piano
    • Harpsichord

    • Classical Voice

    • Composition

    Interstate and international students


Information Brochures

Graeme Gilling teachingThere are four different music majors available at UWA:Music Studies, Music Specialist Studies, Music General Studies, and Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design.

With this broad choice of majors, you can gain advanced skills in performance or composition, undertake broad studies in music, or study music alongside another major.

Music Studies major


Music Studies will provide a foundation in the general study of music that can lead to a variety of career pathways, including the performing arts.

Students will develop skills in performance, composition and musicianship, as well as undertaking studies in Western art music history, aural and harmony, popular and world musics.

For students wishing to specialise in music performance, composition or musicology, the Music Specialist Studies major may be taken concurrently with the Music Studies major.

The Music Studies major can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).

Further Information

Music Studies major

When taken as a degree-specific major within the BA or BPhil(Hons), Music Studies includes two units (equal to two semesters) of one-to-one instrumental, vocal or composition lessons (12 hours per semester).


Music Specialist Studies major


Taken in conjunction with the Music Studies major, the Music Specialist Studies major will provide students with a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education, and intensive concentration in a chosen area of specialisation: performance, composition or musicology.

It will enable students, as emerging performers, composers, music educators or researchers, to pursue postgraduate studies in music at UWA or other centres of musical excellence.

Further Information

Music Specialist Studies major

Students enrolled concurrently in both music majors are eligible, subject to satisfactory progress, to receive individual one-to-one instrumental, vocal or composition tuition in every semester of their degree (12 hours per semester).

The Music Specialist Studies major can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). 

Music General Studies major


Music General Studies  is designed for students who are keen to develop their passion and skills in performance or composition and can be studied alongside almost any of UWA’s other majors (including engineering, law and science). Music General Studies is a stepping stone to a variety of careers within and beyond the music profession.

The Music General Studies major can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).

Music General Studies includes four units (equal to four semesters) of one-to-one instrumental, vocal or composition lessons (6 hours per semester).

Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design


Electronic Music and Sound Design  is a new creative-focused major.

Students will develop expertise in electronic music composition, sound design and production, programming, and software/hardware instrument design—skills applicable to a range of creative and technical professions.

No prior study of music is required.

Optional units for Music majors

In addition to intensive studies in performance, composition and musicianship, students taking music will have access to a wider range of optional units such as:

  • Topics in Performance Practice
  • Soundscapes of Australia
  • Drama Through Music: Studies in Opera
  • Advanced Ensemble
  • Music and Identity
  • Music in the Community 
  • Music in the Sixties
  • Music in Film, TV and Video Games
  • Music in Theory and Practice

Broadening and elective units for non Music majors

All undergraduate students are required to take four broadening units from an area outside their primary area of knowledge.  As part of this process, the Conservatorium of Music has specially designed broadening units that will appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds.

The Conservatorium of Music offers three Category A units:  Popular Music in Global Perspective (level 1), Women in Music (level 1) and Music in World Cultures (level 2).  These units are specifically designed to focus on music and issues affecting the global community, and are suitable for students with previous music experience, as well as those new to the field.

Also available are Music Ensemble units wherein students participate in a variety of ensembles and undertake project-based assignments relating to a chosen ensemble.  Some ensembles, such as the Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Consort, will require an audition.  Other ensembles, for example, Percussion Ensemble, Ukulele Ensemble, and the Show Choir, are suitable for students with little or no musical background.

In addition to these broadening units, undergraduate students not majoring in music may elect to take other music units. Subject to fulfilling unit prerequisites, students may choose from a wide range of electives, including:

  • Western Art Music unitsBroadening unit Ukulele Ensemble
  • Music Language units
  • Electronic music units
  • Musicology units

Entry requirements

To major in Music General Studies, Music Studies and / or Music Specialist Studies students must: