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 2019 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
    • Accordion

    • 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

As a degree specific major: Develop your artistic and creative skills while gaining a broad grounding in music. You will have the opportunity to choose a specialist area of music study in addition to studying common core units. You will also have the opportunity to pursue a second major or elective units from other discipline areas. 

As a second major: This pathway is designed for those wanting to enhance their studies in other discipline areas. As a second major, Music Studies allows you to study core musicology and ethnomusicology units and undertake some ensemble work.

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 Studies & Music Specialist Studies

Music Studies and Music Specialist Studies are studied together as a dual major, where you work with world-class musicians to develop your skills as an emerging musician or composer. 

As a well-equipped 21st century musician, you will have the opportunity to pursue postgraduate training in many areas, including national and international centres of music excellence, and be ready for a career in the creative arts industry. 

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

Further Information

Music Specialist Studies major

Subject to satisfactory progress, students enrolled in the dual-major receive one-to-one musical tuition across all six semesters of your degree (12 hours per semester). 


Music General Studies major

As a second 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 as a second major alongside almost any of UWA’s other majors (including engineering, law and biomedical science).

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).  

Further Information

Music General Studies Major 

Students will benefit from 6 hours of one-to-one musical tuition across 4 semesters.


Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design

Combine your love of music and technology in this creative-focused Electronic Music and Sound Design major. You’ll 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.

Further Information

Electronic Music and Sound Design 

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: