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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 code064765C
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9904 4291, email

Music: telephone +61 9905 3231 or email or visit

Course coordinator

Education: Dr Chris Peers (Peninsula) Music: Dr Thomas Reiner (School of Music - Conservatorium, Clayton)


  • In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the third year.
  • Music units and some education units are taught at Clayton campus, see 'Requirements' for details. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


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. This 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.


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

  • acquired the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • gained an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • developed knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understood and appreciated the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • developed the capacity to be responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

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


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake school placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for registration and employment as primary 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 204 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 primary major) or ethnomusicology, musicology (or an approved combination of more than one of these areas). For information on the requirements for these areas of study visit
  • studies in education (96 points), comprising 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 complete more of the education component, until the final year, which is composed entirely of education studies, including professional placements.


First year

Education component

(All first year education and music units are undertaken at Clayton)

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 (five days professional placement)
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2 (five days professional placement)

Music component

(All music units are undertaken at Clayton)

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

plus one pair of the following:

Second year

Education component

(All second year education units are undertaken at Peninsula)

  • EDF1307 Early literacy and numeracy 1 (10 days professional placement)
  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning (five days professional placement)

Music component

(All music units are undertaken at Clayton)

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

(All third year education units are undertaken at Peninsula)

  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: Mediating the world
  • EDF2304 Early literacy and numeracy 2
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3311 Understanding space and place (15 days professional placement)

Music component

(All music units are undertaken at Clayton)

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

(All fourth year units are undertaken at Peninsula)

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