Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBMus/BEd(Sec)
CRICOS code064783A
Total credit points required216
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points of education study in the second year and 12 points of music study in the third year. This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


This double degree course combines specific studies in music with those in education and prepares students for careers as secondary teachers and as specialists in one or more areas within the school curriculum. Students develop knowledge of the discipline areas they intend to teach in schools through study in the music degree. This knowledge is complemented in the education degree through education and curriculum majors which deepen students' understanding of teaching and learning strategies, education policy, theories and practice, and how to engage students in the secondary years in innovative and purposeful learning. Opportunities to learn through practical experiences in schools are provided throughout the course in urban, rural, remote and international schools. This double degree enables students to pursue professional learning opportunities in areas beyond education.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

For the outcomes of the music component of this double degree refer to 0821 Bachelor of Music.

Upon successful completion of the education component of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand and apply leading-edge education policy, theories and research on teaching and learning to their teaching practice
  • understand and implement the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum ( and other relevant curriculums through appropriate pedagogy for learners in Australian and international contexts
  • operate as independent and collaborative beginning teachers in a secondary context
  • use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies in their teaching to support student learning
  • develop teaching and learning strategies that encompass differentiated approaches to meet diverse learners' needs in varied contexts
  • demonstrate a high level of competence as knowledgeable, articulate and reflective practitioners who can be future leaders in the teaching profession
  • engage with the teaching profession to become ethical leaders and practitioners who can develop curriculum, pedagogy and programs that critically respond to education priorities.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied before may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies (

Mandatory checks and security clearances

Before participating in a professional placement in any educational setting students must meet specific security clearancessecurity clearances ( that apply to the state or territory where the placement is being undertaken.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registrationregistration ( and employment as secondary 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 consists of studies in music (108 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating core, elective and professional experience units.

Areas of study


For details about the music disciplines, refer to the course entry for 0821 Bachelor of Music.



Music component

Students must complete:

(a.) a music major - Chief music study and music history (48 points):

*Students must achieve at least a credit (60 per cent) in this unit to continue on to ATS3830 Chief music study 5.

**Students must achieve at least a credit (60 per cent) in this unit to continue on to ATS3831 Chief music study 6.

(b.) music theory and ear training (24 points):

  • ATS1899 Music theory and ear training 1
  • ATS1900 Music theory and ear training 2
  • ATS2901 Music theory and ear training 3
  • ATS2902 Music theory and ear training 4

(c.) music elective units chosen from those listed below (36 points):

Semester one

  • ATS1343 Popular music and culture: From spirituals to YouTube
  • ATS1347 Music ensemble 1
  • ATS2139 Song writing: How to write a pop tune
  • ATS2333 Jazz history 1: Readings in history and biography
  • ATS2687/ATS3687 African music: Musical change, social change and performance
  • ATS2800 Music ensemble 3
  • ATS2804 From the erotic to the exotic: Music in the nineteenth century
  • ATS2805 Global popular and roots music
  • ATS2807 Composition techniques: Structure, pitch and space
  • ATS3021 Chamber music 1
  • ATS3818 Global popular and roots music
  • ATS3819 Applied music 1: Orchestration
  • ATS3822 Jazz history 2: Readings in improvisation and cross cultural musical relationships
  • ATS3824 Music in society: Musicians, performances and institutions
  • ATS3828 Music composition techniques: Film and orchestration
  • ATS3829 East Asia and its music: Silk road histories and popular contexts
  • ATS3899 Jazz composition/arranging 1

Semester two

  • ATS1342 Music and popular culture: Asia
  • ATS1344 Living gamelan: Gong-chime cultures in context
  • ATS1348 Music ensemble 2
  • ATS2060 The art of teaching music performance (classical)
  • ATS2085 The art of teaching music performance (improvisation)
  • ATS2139 Song writing: How to write a pop tune
  • ATS2686/ATS3686 Flaring up: Bali and musical revolution
  • ATS2799 Audio culture: From Cage to Gaga
  • ATS2801 Music ensemble 4
  • ATS2900 Music aesthetics and criticism
  • ATS2926/ATS3926 Performance studies: Indonesian gamelan
  • ATS3022 Chamber music 2
  • ATS3061 Music in Australian society
  • ATS3094 The music business: How to be successful in the music industry
  • ATS3820 Applied music 2: Conducting
  • ATS3821 From critical theory to creating new musical work
  • ATS3823 Music of North and South India
  • ATS3825 Western art music in the 20th and 21st century
  • ATS3900 Jazz composition/arranging 2

Overseas study units

* This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Education component

Students must complete:

(a.) education major (54 points)

(b.) curriculum major (48 points)

(c.) education elective (6 points)

(d.) professional experience units to complete 80 days of teaching practice (0 points)

For details of the units required for the education component, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Major and minor studies in music must satisfy the prerequisites for the study of two secondary teaching method units in fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Generally, to qualify for a secondary teaching discipline, a candidate requires a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines. Students should consult the VIT websiteVIT website ( in consultation with their course adviser.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

Students interested in further studies in honours in their music major discipline should contact the Faculty of ArtsFaculty of Arts (

An honourshonours ( program in education may be undertaken by graduates of this course who achieve a distinction average in their final two years of study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Music prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the music requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Music