In this double degree course you can polish your talent for music theory and practice while exploring the arts, humanities and social sciences.
You will receive a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education, specialising in performance, composition and music technology, or ethnomusicology and musicology. In arts you can draw flexibly from a rich repertoire of 40 majors and minors.
You may like to concentrate on the history, culture or language of the music you're playing, or add to your career flexibility with music through theatre, performance, film or journalism.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double degree course and receive the awards.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a2004.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:
1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in Bachelor of Arts component, of which:
- no more than 36 points of units completed at level 1
- at least 24 points must be completed at level 3
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, and C as described below in Bachelor of Music component
Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive course and in the double degree course you complete Part A. Arts specified study and Part B. Arts listed Major.
Part A. Arts specified study (48 points)
This will expose you to several arts disciplines areas of study contributing breadth to your knowledge of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It will also give you the opportunity to learn about several areas of study before finalising your choice of major and minor.
You must complete eight units selected from those listed under any major or minor offered in the Bachelor of Arts including at least one arts listed minor (24 points) in an area of study different to your chosen arts major from Part B. A minor requires four units with no more than two units (12 points) at level 1. You may replace the minor with a second arts major by using elective units available in Part A.
It is recommended that you complete level two units in more than one area of arts to give you options for finalising your choice of major at level three.
Part B. Arts listed major (48 points)
This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in one Faculty of Arts listed major area of study. You will learn to critically analyse, apply and communicate an advanced level of understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that constitute the knowledge base of the area of study.
Complete at least one arts listed major. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three.
If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major area of study.
Majors and minors
Note: Psychology is taught by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Bachelor of Music is a specialist course that develops through the themes of music specialist study, music theory and ear training, and music context study.
Part A. Music specialist study (36 points)
This sequence of units will provide you with specialist skills to undertake a final examination either through performance with your chief instrument or voice, or through a folio of composition and music technology media or written work. Performance and other applied electives are also available.
You must complete the specified six units for one of the following specialisations. To avoid exceeding the standard three year course duration you must enrol in the music specialist study 1 and 2 units in your first year of study, then progress to the music specialist study 3 to 6 units in the following years. You must pass each unit sequentially.
Composition and music technology
- ATS1046 Composition and music technology 1: Introduction to composition genres
- ATS1047 Composition and music technology 2: Composition and recording materials
- ATS2127 Composition and music technology 3: Composition and mixing techniques
- ATS2128 Composition and music technology 4: Music for screen and other media
- ATS3140 Composition and music technology 5: Interactive composition
- ATS3141 Composition and music technology 6: Final project
Ethnomusicology and musicology
a. One of the following pairs of units:
b. The following units:
- ATS2804 From the erotic to the exotic: Music in the nineteenth century
- ATS2805 Music, identity and place
- ATS3144Not offered in 2019 Music research in the digital age
- ATS3153Not offered in 2019 Music research project
Part B. Music theory and ear training (24 points)
This will integrate the development of aural skills with the theoretical understanding of music through listening, analysis, performance, notation and composition.
You must complete:
- 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
Part C. Music context study (36 points)
These studies will expose you to the study of music and music making in various cultural, historical, social and professional settings through introductory units and a capstone experience.
You must complete:
- ATS1345 Music and history
- ATS1346 Music and culture
- ATS2333 Jazz history or ATS2900 Writing about music: Headlines and hashtags or ATS2331Not offered in 2019 Music - overseas study program 1 or ATS2332 Music - overseas study program 2
- ATS2687 The ethnomusicology of improvisation or ATS2060 The art of teaching music performance
- ATS3061 Music in Australia
- ATS3094 The music business: How to be successful in the music industry
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music after three years, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A and B for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Music prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the Bachelor of Music degree.
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours courses apply:
- A3701 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- A3702 Bachelor of Music (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.