Are you looking for a career in the music industry working as a performer, songwriter, studio musician, producer, composer, band member or music teacher? Then the Bachelor of Applied Music: Performance is for you. Box Hill Institute will provide you with the skills and experiences you need to excel in these professions.

The Bachelor of Applied Music: Performance is specifically designed to support emerging musicians build a bridge between creativity, musicianship and industry via our expert educators, extraordinary opportunities and unique experiences.

Students will be mentored by highly skilled and successful musicians in an environment that supports and encourages them to attain industry ready skills. This is done by creating real life artistic experiences in a supportive environment, where students will learn to apply skills and develop business vision so they graduate ready to thrive.

The Music Performance students work collaboratively with Music Business, Production and Composition students to create cross discipline projects in an exciting and talent rich environment, and there are many examples of successful careers already underway before graduation.

Real life industry experiences and facilities include:

  • Access to our studio facility including Sing Sing East.
  • Weekly one-on-one lessons
  • Real gigs in front of live audiences
  • World class writing and production suites
  • Access to our internationally renowned Artist in Residence programs
  • On campus record label; Tremorverse Records: www.tremorverse.com
  • Work in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • Produce your own creative portfolio
  • Choose from a range of electives to broaden your expertise
  • Collaboration with Audio, Composition and Music Business students in our world class facilities
  • Be empowered to apply practical and theoretical aspects of music to real creative projects
  • Access to our Analogue Synth Collection
  • Study with like-minded creatives and expand your industry network
  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Music Business training
  • FEE-HELP available for eligible students (no upfront fees)

“You just play music, and it’s a really positive experience getting to do what you love. You learn how to play at gigs and perform to the calibre that you need to when you leave the course. It’s such a good platform to establish yourself in the industry. Getting used to being in a studio and recording – it’s pretty incredible!”

Ruby Moxey-Fithall – 3rd Year student

Free Online Music Theory MOOC Course (BHMT)
This Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) program is designed to assist those wishing to develop their music theory skills as a musician and also to prepare for entrance tests for accredited music courses. For more information check out Online Music Theory Studies.

Course admission profile




Course Code BAMP3
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100251372;
CRICOS Code 085406G
Study Areas Music
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $18,530.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

The student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

You must have:

  • evidence of music ability in the form of live audition (if possible), Skype audition, online link (e.g. YouTube link), DVD
  • musicianship test- completion of a supervised musicianship test (will be sent upon receipt of student’s application)
  • interview - you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You should demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination; 213 for computer based and 79 for Internet based.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

January

Full time: 3 years (classes take place on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face and online.

You can exit after 2 years of full time study and be awarded an Associate Degree. 

Box Hill

Year 12 VTAC applicants must:

  • have successfully completed VCE (or equivalent) with a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE music subjects)
  • be able to demonstrate aptitude in music performance

Direct entry applicants (Non Year 12) must: 

  • be at least 19 years of age by January 1 in the year you commence
  • provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course
  • demonstrate an aptitude in music performance

Audition – you should prepare at least two contrasting works on your chosen instrument or voice. As a guide, AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent is an expected minimum entry level. The program presented should be no more than 10 minutes long and the panel will reserve the right to hear excerpts only.

You will also be asked to demonstrate technical work, attempt a sight-reading exercise and demonstrate improvisation skills. A drum kit, piano, microphone, amplifiers and stereo equipment will be provided, however instruments, leads, drumsticks or accompanists will not be provided. You may bring an accompanying band, but please advise us so that set-up time can be catered for. Alternatively, you may choose to perform solo or with a backing CD.

Musicianship test – you will be required to complete a musicianship theory test following your audition. Applicants who do not meet the entry-level musicianship theory test but meet all other entry requirements may be invited to attend an intensive Summer School course during December.

Interview – you will be asked a series of questions relating to your suitability for the course. You are expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of career goals and an aptitude for the course of study, including any relevant industry experience.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for study our Masters of Music (Contemporary Practice) course.

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Graduates will have:

  • applied technical and theoretical knowledge to creativity, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts needed to allow them to work in the music industry as performers, composers, recording artists and instrumental teachers
  • demonstrated cognitive skills to critically engage with the core body of theoretical and practical musical knowledge to analyse, comprehend and synthesise new information and concepts through creative output. Students will exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • applied knowledge and skills in order to solve both routine and complex problems in the context of musical performances and academic output.
  • First year – 12 subjects
  • Second Year – 10 subjects plus 2 electives
  • Third Year – 10 subjects plus 2 electives

Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment.

We expect to enrol between 120 and 140 students.

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MUT307 MUSIC BUSINESS 1 3.0

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MUT311 PERFORMANCE B5: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE 6.0

This is the fifth of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to cultivate competent and well-rounded contemporary music performers. Across the six subjects you will consolidate and expand your knowledge and solo or group performance skills as you continue to acquire a more extensive repertoire that reflects the diverse traditions and imperatives of our contemporary society. By third year, you will do off-campus performances, record EP's and record in our TV studio. You will also apply skills learnt in prior semesters to current situations. Additionally, you will reflect on and evaluate your own performances and skills in relation to those of others. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills.

Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: MUT212 PERFORMANCE B4: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE
Assessment: Improvisation 20%
Verbal Feedback on Improvisations in class 20%
Weekly Diary of Reactions to the week's class on Student Web. 10%
Repertoire presentations (performance platform) (10 minutes), including assessment of Participation, preparation, development of ensemble skills 25%
Ensemble performance, demonstrating continual work throughout the semester (20 minutes). 25%

MUT305 AESTHETICS AND RESEARCH SEMINAR 1 3.0

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MUT303 THEORY 5: CHROMATICISM 3.0

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MUT304 THEORY 6: BEYOND TONALITY 3.0

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MUT308 MUSIC BUSINESS 2 3.0

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MUT306 AESTHETICS AND RESEARCH SEMINAR 2 3.0

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MUT313 PERFORMANCE A5: PRINCIPAL STUDY 6.0

This is the fifth of a six-semester sequence of Principal Study subjects. You will consolidate and extend concepts, knowledge and skills in performance, developing advanced skills in both technique and repertoire on a principal study instrument. The broad expectations are that you will have an individual approach to your repertoire, demonstrate high-level artistry and aesthetic choices, and demonstrate sophistication of time, musical language and phrasing in relation to form, bar-lines, key changes etc. You will present yourself as a clear ensemble leader.

Contact hours are 0.75 hours practical for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: MUT214 PERFORMANCE A4: PRINCIPAL STUDY
Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20%
Mid-semester in-studio assessment (15 minutes) 20%
Recital (25 – 30 minutes) – performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

MUT101 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 1 3.0

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MUT102 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 2 3.0

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MUT208 AURAL 4 3.0

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MUT103 THEORY 1: VOICE LEADING 3.0

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MUT109 KEYBOARD SKILLS 3.0

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MUT107 AURAL 1 3.0

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MUT108 AURAL 2 3.0

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MUT203 THEORY 3: JAZZ HARMONY 3.0

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MUT207 AURAL 3 3.0

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MUT205 HISTORY 2 3.0

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MUT204 THEORY 4: ARRANGING 3.0

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MUT206 HISTORY 3 3.0

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MUT314 PERFORMANCE B6: PRINCIPAL STUDY 6.0

This is the final of a six-semester sequence of Principal Study subjects. You will consolidate and extend concepts, knowledge and skills in performance, developing advanced skills in both technique and repertoire on a principal study instrument. The broad expectations are that you will have an individual approach to your repertoire, demonstrate high-level artistry and aesthetic choices, and demonstrate sophistication of time, musical language and phrasing in relation to form, bar-lines, key changes etc. You will present yourself as a clear ensemble leader.

Contact hours are 0.75 hours for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: MUT313 PERFORMANCE A5: PRINCIPAL STUDY
Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20%
Mid-semester in-studio assessment (15 minutes) 20%
Recital (25 – 30 minutes) – performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

MUT312 PERFORMANCE B6: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE 6.0

This is the final of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to cultivate competent and well-rounded contemporary music performers. Across the six subjects you will consolidate and expand your knowledge and solo/group performance skills as you continue to acquire a more extensive personalised repertoire. By the end of third year you will do off-campus performances, record EP's and record in our TV studio. You will be developing improvisational skills to handle advanced playing situations. Additionally, you will be reflecting and evaluating your own performances and skills in relation to those of others. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills.

Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
Prerequisites: MUT311 PERFORMANCE B5: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE
Assessment: 20 - 30 minute Ensemble Performance, with written work plan 25%
Improvisation tasks on prescribed tunes 30%
Transcription Assignment, equivalent of 500 words 20%
Repertoire presentations (performance platform) (10 minutes), including assessment of participation, preparation, development of ensemble skills 25%

MUT104 THEORY 2: DIATONICISM 3.0

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MUT105 HISTORY 1 3.0

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MUS335 AUDIO C5: CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES 3.0

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MUS336 AUDIO C6: CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES 3.0

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MUT123 COMPOSITION CONTENT B1: SONGWRITING 1 3.0

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MUT171 DANCE 1 3.0

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MUT172 DANCE 2 3.0

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MUT269 ACTING 3 3.0

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MUT270 ACTING 4 3.0

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MUT126 COMPOSITION CONTENT A2: FILMSCORING 2 3.0

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MUT253 LATIN MUSIC 1 3.0

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MUT254 LATIN MUSIC 2 3.0

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MUT169 ACTING 1 3.0

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MUT170 ACTING 2 3.0

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MUT251 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 3 3.0

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MUT252 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 4 3.0

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MUT257 SONGWRITING 3 3.0

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MUT124 COMPOSITION CONTENT B2: SONGWRITING 2 3.0

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MUT135 AUDIO CONTENT C1: PRODUCTION PRINCIPLES 1 3.0

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MUT133 AUDIO B1: ELECTRONIC MUSIC HISTORY 3.0

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MUT134 AUDIO B2: ELECTRONIC MUSIC HISTORY 3.0

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MUT233 AUDIO B3: ELECTRONIC SOUND CREATION 3.0

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MUT234 AUDIO B4: ELECTRONIC SOUND CREATION 3.0

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MUT235 AUDIO CONTENT C3: PRODUCTION PRINCIPLES 3 3.0

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MUT125 COMPOSITION CONTENT A1: FILMSCORING 1 3.0

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MUT151 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 1 3.0

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MUT152 INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES 2 3.0

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MUT258 SONGWRITING 4 3.0

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MUT271 DANCE 3 3.0

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MUT272 DANCE 4 3.0

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MUT381 STUDIO TEACHING 1 3.0

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MUT382 STUDIO TEACHING 2 3.0

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MUT136 AUDIO CONTENT C2:PRODUCTION PRINCIPLES 2 3.0

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MUT236 AUDIO CONTENT C4: PRODUCTION PRINCIPLES 4 3.0

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