The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers a wide-ranging undergraduate coursework program across five broad fields of musical endeavour: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology and creative music technology. 

Available as a major or minor.


Music units range from the purely practical, through to the aural and theoretical, historical and sociological, pedagogical, industry-focused and cross-cultural. Information on this page relates to studying Music units as electives, as part of your minor or major in the Bachelor of Arts, or as part of another degree where elective units are available.

The Bachelor of Music is also available for students seeking a more focused approach. Whatever your interest, we have an option for you.

How to Study

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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.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

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


Experience World-class Innovation

The vision of the School of Music is to develop and nurture the complete 21st century musician. We do this by providing you with the latest technology and music innovation.

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Creating and Composing

Do you have a desire to create or craft music? We offer units in composition, arranging, and even writing your own pop song! Also on offer are units from our newest stream of study, Creative Music Technology.

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Performance and Practice

The School of Music offers a variety of music electives that you can undertake as part of your Bachelor of Arts. Ensemble studies is one such elective where students are able to join our many and varied ensembles: Monash Academy Orchestra, Big Band, Javanese Gamelan, Viva Voce choir, Monash New Music Ensemble, Wind Sinfonia, Brass Ensemble, jazz and popular music groups, and a multitude of others.

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Thinking About Music

Our Musicology and Ethnomusicology units are specifically designed to get you thinking about music. These units primarily focus on the historical and sociological nature of music and seek to explore music cultures and industries, fads, phases and phenomena.

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Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option of making your course an international one. The School of Music offers two Music units, undertaken at our overseas locations: New York and Prato. Both units are three-week intensive practical units that explore group and solo performance, as well as the art of music practice. Students are able to learn from internationally renowned pedagogues, musicians and industry professionals. These units are available to all students, with entry by audition. Exchange options with our partner universities are also vastly popular options. 


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