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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBMus/BEd
CRICOS code064783A
Total credit points required216
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9905 2888, email

Music: telephone +61 3 9905 3231 or or visit

Course coordinator

Education: Dr Ian Mitchell (Year 1-3) and Mr Stephen Keast (Year 4) Music: Dr Thomas Reiner (School of Music - Conservatorium)


  • In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points of music study in third year and 12 points of education study in fourth year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


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. 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.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will:

  • have developed rich and integrated theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • have linked these theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • have developed a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context generally and in the specific areas of humanities education that they select for study in their Bachelor of Music.

For description and objectives of the Music component of this double degree go to


The course includes a minimum of 80 days of placement, with some placement being undertaken in each year of the course. In first, second and third year, placements are tied to education units offered. In fourth year, the 50 days of placement are tied to the four professional experience units. These placements involve a program of field visits to different educational sites and include structured teaching experience.

Students must be available to undertake these on a full-time basis for several weeks at a time. For full time students placement is typically conducted in two blocks of five weeks, one each semester. For part time students it is typically conducted in four blocks of two to three weeks, one block in each of four semesters. These units are taken concurrently with enrolment in the core curriculum units and the curriculum specialism units. They provide supervised teaching practice in the teaching area of the student's curriculum units while on school placement.

Students who are employed in schools must complete at least 25 days of supervised school placement in a setting other than the school at which they are employed.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for registration and employment as teachers in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


To receive the awards of Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totalling 216 points consisting of the following:

  • studies in music (108 points). There are two major study sequences in music, one of which is performance or composition, and the other is either composition (if not the primary major) or ethnomusicology or musicology (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' at
  • studies in education (108 points), comprising a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. Professional placement units are also included.

Students 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. Students are advised to consult the VIT website at in consultation with their course advisor.

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

Progressively over the course, students will complete more of the education component, until the final year, which is composed entirely of education studies, including professional placements.


First year

Education component

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2

Music component

Plus one pair of the following:

Second year

Education component

  • EDF2004 Curriculum inquiry
  • EDF2005 Professional responsibilities, practice and relationships

Music component

  • 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

  • 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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with the Bachelor of Music at the end of three years of study by transferring into the single Bachelor of Music degree (0821), provided they have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Music.


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Music