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Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education - primary

Course code: 3717 ~ 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 (Peninsula/Clayton)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education - primary degrees.

When students take the Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education double degree, they are able to complete both courses in four years of full-time study with overload.

Course Objectives

This double degree course provides the opportunity to focus on music concepts as well as the theory and practice of teaching, and qualifies graduates as primary school teachers in Victoria. Specific learning objectives for the Bachelor of Education include the development of confident and competent teachers well equipped to effectively apply their knowledge and skills to a diverse range of learners and learning contexts and key curriculum areas within schools. Life long learning is encouraged and the ability to be critical, self reflective practitioners who draw upon current research and their own experiences to enhance pedagogy. The music component of the degree will equip students to develop practical skills in performing music on a chosen instrument, as well as developing skills in one of the areas of composition, musicology or ethnomusicology. To ensure graduates can successfully work not only as generalist primary school teachers, but music specialists, students will gain knowledge and skills in a variety of approaches to teaching 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
  • 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.

Progressively over the course, students will be completing more of the education component, until the final year, which will be entirely education.

Course requirements

(All education units are undertaken at Peninsula except first year units which are undertaken at Clayton; all music units are undertaken at Clayton campus)

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, including:

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
  • EDF1203 Curriculum studies: primary English 1
  • EDF2105 Teaching studies A
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
  • EDF1204 Curriculum studies: primary maths 1
  • EDF2201 Child development 1
  • EDF3105 Teaching studies B
  • EDF3203 Curriculum studies: primary technology
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
  • EDF2203 Curriculum studies: primary SOSE
  • EDF2204 Curriculum studies: primary science
  • EDF3201 Curriculum studies: primary art and music
  • EDF3202 Curriculum studies: primary health and PE
  • EDF4102 Curriculum studies: primary English 2
  • EDF4104 Curriculum studies: primary maths 2
  • EDF4105 Teaching studies C
  • EDF4106 Teaching studies D


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 - primary 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 9904 4291, email or visit

Music: telephone +61 9905 3231 or email

Course advisers

Dr Beverley Jane (Education, Peninsula), Dr Craig De Wilde (School of Music - Conservatorium, Clayton)