About the course

About the course

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 this performance course 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, and world class facilities.

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

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
  • perform in a 200+ capacity live venue
  • world class writing and production suites
  • access to our internationally-renowned Artist in Residence programs
  • on campus record label Tremorverse Record
  • 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

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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.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


February

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

Mode of delivery is face to face and online.

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Career & Learning Outcomes


Graduates may find work in music performance, composition, studio employment, music education, music therapy (upon further study) broadcasting, and marketing.

Graduates will have:

  • applied technical and theoretical knowledge to creativity, with deep understanding of 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.
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Entry and Academic Requirements


International students must have completed an Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass.

Folio requirements: 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from International students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements


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, or approved equivalent.

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

Applying


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation


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

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.

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Fees


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 FeesNo 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).

Annual 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.
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Course Structure


  • 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.

  • MUT101 Music technology 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT102 Music technology 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT103 Theory 1: voice leading
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

    This is the first in a sequence of six music theory subjects. By undertaking harmony exercises and analysis of musical excerpts, you will acquire an understanding of the interrelationship of melody, harmony, dissonance, consonance, rhythm, motifs and your development of musical forms. The evolution and influence of diatonic music on the development of contemporary popular music and particularly of popular vocal music, will be explored in lectures and tutorials. 


    Prerequisites: None

  • MUT104 Theory 2: diatonicism
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

    This is the second in a sequence of six music theory subjects. Through the study of diatonic harmony you will acquire a strong foundation in the elements of music, and will advance on the introductory concepts presented in MUT103 THEORY 1: VOICE LEADING. You explore modes, scales and structures applicable to contemporary music, seventh chords, secondary dominant chords and relevant part writing for contemporary music. Additionally, harmonic considerations and formal structure of American popular song standards and the various genres found in pop and rock music from the later part of the twentieth century will be investigated.


    Prerequisites: MUT103 THEORY 1: VOICE LEADING

  • MUT105 History 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

    History and Analysis 1 is the first in the sequence of three history subjects. You will acquire theoretical knowledge of the development of jazz and popular music of the twentieth century, and analyse selected composers’ works in depth. Particular attention will be paid to outlining the connections between the development of music and other arts as wells as socio-economic, cultural and technological changes happening in contemporary society. You will analyse musical works of prominent composers from the artistic, cultural and technical perspectives. You will be introduced to investigation of music, and review of musicological writings, and use this knowledge to inform your personal development as an artist.


    Prerequisites: None

  • MUT107 Aural 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

    Aural 1 is the first in the sequence of four subjects designed to develop your aural and music notation skills. You will learn to aurally recognise and sing melodic and harmonic intervals within an octave; major, minor and pentatonic scales, and diatonic chords. You will perform prepared melodies, sight-sing and transcribe simple diatonic melodies. You will perform prepared progressions, sight-read and transcribe rhythmic examples in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4. You will also learn to sing, aurally recognise and notate diatonic triads and inversions as well as various cadences.


    Prerequisites: None

  • MUT108 Aural 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT109 Keyboard skills
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT111 Performance b1: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the first of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to generate well-rounded contemporary music performance skills. You will begin to develop solo and group performance skills, and master an extensive repertoire that reflects the diverse traditions and imperatives of our multicultural society. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills. Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: None
    Assessment: Ensemble performance, demonstrating musicianship throughout the semester 25% Improvisation Test 1: 3 chord blues 20% Improvisation Test 2: Transcription: Ella Hums The Blues 10% Improvisation Test 3: Jazz Blues "Billie’s Bounce" 20% Performances throughout the trimester. Details will vary depending on the ensemble 25%

  • MUT112 Performance b2: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the second of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to cultivate competent and well-rounded contemporary music performers. Across the six subjects, you will gradually develop solo and group performance skills and master an extensive repertoire that reflects diverse traditions and imperatives of our multicultural society. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills. Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT111 PERFORMANCE B1: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE
    Assessment: Improvisation Task 1: chord tones (10%) Improvisation Task 2 (15%) Improvisation Task 3 (25%) Ensemble (25%) Performance Platform Repertoire presentations (10 minutes) 25%

  • MUT113 Performance a1: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the first of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to develop engaged and active performers. You will receive weekly one-on-one lessons from music industry experts; attend group technique classes, and an open weekly forum. Assessment is conducted via music performance recitals, and instrumental techniques applied to musical examples. The broad aim is to have your recital tunes memorised and well-rehearsed, with an appropriate performance of melodies/parts. Contact hours are 1.75 hours of practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: None
    Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20% Technical Test (10 minutes) 20% Recital (15 - 20 minutes) - performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

  • MUT114 Performance a2: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the second of a six-semester stream of subjects designed to develop engaged and active performers. You will receive weekly one-on-one lessons from music industry experts; attend group technique classes, and an open weekly forum. Assessment is conducted via music performance recitals, and instrumental techniques applied to musical examples. You will be challenged with a wide variety of more complex technical exercises on your principal instrument. The broad aim is to have your recital tunes memorised and well-rehearsed, with an appropriate performance of melodies/parts. Contact hours are 1.75 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT113 PERFORMANCE A1: PRINCIPAL STUDY
    Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20% Technical Test (10 minutes) 20% Recital (15 - 20 minutes) - performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

  • MUT203 Theory 3: jazz harmony
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT204 Theory 4: arranging
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT205 History 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT206 History 3
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT207 Aural 3
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT208 Aural 4
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT211 Performance b3: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the third 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 repertoire that reflects diverse traditions and imperatives of our contemporary society. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills. Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT112 PERFORMANCE B2: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE
    Assessment: Ensemble performance, demonstrating continual work throughout the semester (20 minutes) 25% Improvisation Assessments (as assigned, will include transcription) equivalent of 1500 words 50% Repertoire presentations (performance platform) (10 minutes), including assessment of Participation, preparation, development of ensemble skills 25%

  • MUT212 Performance b4: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This is the fourth 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 repertoire that reflects the diverse traditions and imperatives of our contemporary society. By second year, you will lead your own ensembles in performance, with a view to articulating your personal connection to your favourite genres. Classes include improvisation, performance platform and ensemble skills. Contact hours are 4 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT211 PERFORMANCE B3: PRACTICE OF PERFORMANCE
    Assessment: Ensemble Class: Participation, preparation, development of ensemble skills (Ongoing Weeks) and Final Performances 25% Inprovisation task 1 (Melodic Minor turnaround) 10% Improvisation Task 2: Transcription -Nature Boy 20% Final Improvisation test: Round Midnight 20% Repertoire presentations (performance platform) (10 minutes) 25%

  • MUT213 Performance a3: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This subject is the third in a stream of six subjects. You will continue to receive individual instruction on your principal instrument from music industry experts, so as to develop your technical expertise on your chosen instrument, aesthetic decision-making skills in solo performance, as well as performance planning, presentation and evaluation skills. The broad expectations are that you present advanced performance skills with a focus on varied repertoire, appropriate stage presence, and personalised arrangements. Contact hours are 1.75 hours practical for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT114 PERFORMANCE A2: PRINCIPAL STUDY
    Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20% Technical Test, (15 minutes) 20% Recital (20 - 25 minutes) - performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

  • MUT214 Performance a4: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    This subject is the fourth in a stream of six subjects. You will develop varied repertoire, personalised arrangements, and appropriate stage presence in performance on your principal study instrument. You will have a variety of opportunities to perform in front of an audience, and the weekly forum provides an opportunity to interact with your peers, and learn from industry leaders. Contact hours are 1.75 hours for 12 weeks.
    Prerequisites: MUT213 PERFORMANCE A3: PRINCIPAL STUDY
    Assessment: Weekly Technical Exercises, (equivalent to total 500 words) 20% Technical Test (15 minutes) 20% Recital (20 - 25 minutes) - performance of at least three works in contrasting styles, demonstrating preparation and performance. 60%

  • MUT303 Theory 5: chromaticism
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT304 Theory 6: beyond tonality
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT305 Aesthetics and research seminar 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT306 Aesthetics and research seminar 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT307 Music business 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT308 Music business 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT311 Performance b5: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    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%

  • MUT312 Performance b6: practice of performance
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    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%

  • MUT313 Performance a5: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    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%

  • MUT314 Performance a6: principal study
    6.0 points

    48.0 hours

    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%

  • MUT123 Composition content b1: songwriting 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT124 Composition content b2: songwriting 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT125 Composition content a1: filmscoring 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT126 Composition content a2: filmscoring 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT135 Audio content c1: production principles 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT136 Audio content c2:production principles 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT151 Instrumental studies 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT152 Instrumental studies 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT251 Instrumental studies 3
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT252 Instrumental studies 4
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT381 Studio teaching 1
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours

  • MUT382 Studio teaching 2
    3.0 points

    24.0 hours


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Admissions Data & Indicative Enrolments


Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake - 2019

Number of students

% of all students

(A) Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)

<5

NP

(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study

12

19%

(C) Work and life experience (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)

6

10%

(D) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

NA

NA

Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

NA NA

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

42 67%

International students

0

0%

All students

63

100%

Notes:

  • <5 - less than 5 students
  • NA - students not accepted in this category
  • NP - not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

We expect to enrol between 120 and 140 students.

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