Go far with a Bachelor of Music

Become the complete 21st century musician by surrounding yourself with the finest professionals and scholars in their fields at one of the best music schools in Australia –
the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no borders. In scholarship, composition and performance our aim is to develop the musician of tomorrow through a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse approach. The School excels in classical, jazz and popular music performance, its internationally renowned ethnomusicology and musicology programs, and vibrant programs in composition, improvisation, and music technology. The School offers overseas study in New York and Prato (Italy), and works in close collaboration with the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) to provide extraordinary performance opportunities. Our graduates are intellectually informed, creatively equipped and professionally geared to engage with the musical challenges of the globalised world of the 21st century.

Offering modern facilities, unique archival collections, scholarship opportunities and expert higher-degree supervision, the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is a vibrant and productive teaching and research environment.

Auditions and registrations for 2016 are now open! 

Course structure

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

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An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


As a Bachelor of Music student, you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:


Creative music technology

Creative Music Technology is a new stream introduced in 2014. This stream is focused on the creative application of technology within professional music, sound, broadcast and multimedia, and research contexts.

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Ethnomusicology and Musicology

Ethnomusicology and Musicology are specialisations in our Bachelor of Music course. Units in this stream encompass both Western classical forms and genres from other cultures and traditions.

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Performance students have many wonderful opportunities to engage in a wide cross section of musical activities, both within and outside formal study programs.

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The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers one of Australia’s most innovative and comprehensive music composition programs, embracing many of today’s approaches to music-making.

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Opportunities and Careers


International opportunities

At Monash, we are committed to ensuring our music students are exposed to a diverse and challenging range of learning experiences abroad.

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Career Outcomes

The vision of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is to create a musician who specialises with musical diversity.

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Double degrees

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers four double degree course options.

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To find out how to register for a Music Performance Audition or Composition Submission as part of your application for entry to the Bachelor of Music: see Music Auditions.

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