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Monash University Handbook 2011 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
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9904 4291, email

Music: telephone +61 9905 3231 or email or visit

Course coordinator

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


  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the third year.
  • First year education units and all music units are undertaken at Clayton campus. Second, third and fourth year education units are taken at Peninsula campus. This course requires all students to undertake off-campus placements.


On completion of the Bachelor of Music and 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 for the Music component of this double degree visit




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 are eligible for registration and employment as primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course comprises studies in music and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.


Music component

Studies in music (108 points) comprises:

(a.) a chief music major (48 points)

(b.) two music minors (48 points)

(c.) further third year level music units (12 points)

For information on the requirements for these areas of study visit

Education component

Studies in education (96 points) comprising:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • fieldwork placements.

For full details on the education requirements refer to the 'Education - Primary' 'area of study' at


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Music