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Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education - secondary

Course code: 2025 ~ Course abbreviation: BMus/BEd ~ Total credit points required: 204 ~ 4 years full-time with overload, 8.5 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Education

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education - secondary degrees. When students take the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education in combination, they are able to complete both courses in four years of full-time study with overload.

Course Objectives

This double-degree course provides a sound preparation for entry into the teaching profession in areas associated with music education. Graduates of this course are able to register as teachers in a range of music education contexts, including schools, arts centres and community-based settings. The course design draws on important traditional approaches to teaching and learning, and brings together the latest theory, practice and research. There is an emphasis on ethical reflexive practices and the development of an engaged professional identity. Students develop a wide range of professional knowledge, understanding and skills, and there is a high level of flexibility in the pathways offered for students to link with their discipline-based studies in music.

Course structure

To receive the awards of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totalling 204 points consisting of the following:

  • studies in music* (108 points). There are two major study sequences in music, one of which is performance and the other is either musicology, composition or ethnomusicology (or an approved combination of more than one of these areas). For information on the requirements of all music studies offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at
  • studies in education (96 points), a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. Fieldwork placements are also included.

Candidates intending to qualify as secondary school teachers need to be aware that their major and minor studies in music must satisfy the requirements for the study of two curriculum specialism units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Generally, to qualify for a secondary teaching discipline, a candidate will require a minimum of two years of full academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines.

Progressively over the course, students will be completing more of the education component, until the final year, which will be entirely education including an extended teaching fieldwork. This fieldwork is a program of field visits to different educational sites and includes structured teaching experience. The fieldwork placement is an integrated part of work in the Bachelor of Education program.

Course requirements

First year

Education component
  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
Music component

Students undertake 36 points of approved music studies at first-year level:

plus two of the following units:

  • MUS1120 Ensemble studies I and MUS1130 Ensemble studies II, or
  • MUS1040 American music and popular culture, and MUS1060 Gamelan performing arts

Second year

Education component
  • EDF2004 Issues in classroom environments
  • EDF2005 Professional responsibilities, practice and relationships
Music component

Students undertake 36 points of approved music studies at second-year level:

  • MUS2020 Professional practice 1
  • MUS2030 Professional practice 2
  • MUS2110 Analytical and compositional techniques I
  • MUS2120 Analytical and compositional techniques II
  • MUS2980 Chief practical study III
  • MUS2990 Chief practical study IV

Third year

Education component
  • EDF3006 Adolescent development and learning
  • EDF3007 Mediating the world of learning
  • EDF3008 Researching educational practices
  • EDF3009 Schooling: local - global
Music component

Students undertake 36 points of approved music studies at third-year level:

  • MUS3390 Music aesthetics, criticism, sociology and psychology
  • MUS3980 Chief practical study V
  • MUS3990 Chief practical study VI
  • 18 points of third-year-level music electives in approved combinations of music performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology

Fourth year

Education component
  • EDF4004 Assessing learning (core education unit)
  • EDF4006 Professional engagement
  • EDF41xx A Core Curriculum Unit
  • EDF41xx A Core Curriculum Unit, or EDF45xx A Curriculum Elective Unit
  • EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism 1
  • EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism 2
  • EDFxxxx General Elective 1
  • EDFxxxx General Elective 2


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 40 days of supervised fieldwork in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake fieldwork placements full time.

Professional recognition

On completion of the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education - secondary program of studies, graduates will have a sound preparation for entry into the music education and training professions. Graduates will be eligible for employment as teachers in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9905 2819, email or visit

Music: telephone +61 3 9905 3231 or email

Course advisers

Ms Jennifer Brown (Education), Dr Craig De Wilde (School of Music - Conservatorium)