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Bachelor of Music – Performance

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STAND OUT AS A PERFORMER 

The Bachelor of Music – Performance will guide you to refine your musicianship, develop your collaboration skills and stand out as a performer. You will emerge with the skills and confidence you need to perform on stage and in the studio in a variety of musical styles. 

DEVELOP YOUR UNIQUE SOUND 

You will develop your unique sound through writing, recording, performing and working in ensembles alongside your peers in major works. Go from concept to commercial release, and build a professional showreel to take with you into the music industry to kickstart your career. 

LEARN IN CONTEMPORARY OR CLASSICAL STYLE 

CONTEMPORARY 

The Contemporary pathway is perfect for instrumentalists or vocalists looking to be professional performers with a contemporary style. You will develop technique and knowledge as you learn the core topics of theory, musicianship, arts management and recording.  

CLASSICAL 

The Classical pathway involves tuition from classical music masters, with a profound focus on theoretical and technical skills. You will learn to perform in live and recorded settings as a soloist and accompanist in collaborative ensembles with traditional and contemporary composers, performers and musicians.  

DURATION

3 year full-time or equivalent part-time study

INTAKES

February, May, September

Location

Melbourne, Sydney

Fees

Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible

CODES

CRS 1401305
Bachelor 111575D 

Fees

Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible

CODES

CRS 1401305
Bachelor 111575D 

“MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT AIM WAS THE NETWORKING. IT INTRODUCES YOU TO SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD COMMUNITY, EVERYBODY WELCOMED YOU IN…IT WAS A VERY EXCITING PLACE TO BE!”

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Tamika Stanton
Bachelor of Music (Performance) Graduate

At the conclusion of your course, you will gain an industry-recognised qualification with multiple career opportunities such as: 

  • Arranger/Orchestrator 
  • Composer 
  • Conductor 
  • Live Performer/Instrumentalist 
  • Music Director 
  • Music Supervisor 
  • Music Tutor 
  • Recording Artist 
  • Songwriter 
  • Sound Designer 
  • Ensemble Director 
  • Ensemble Musician 
  • Music Librarian 
  • Music Therapist 
  • Orchestral Musician 
  • Private Music Tutor 
  • Professional Instrumentalist 
  • Music Teacher 

 

 Learn more about how AIM helps you to succeed View Career Opportunities.

course pathways

course overview

Try a Diploma of Music (Pathway into Bachelor of Music) 

Not quite ready for a full three-year degree? See if tertiary music studies are for you with a one-year Diploma of Music. You will take electives across all our programs, gain musical literacy, and build foundational academic skills. You will achieve an industry-recognised qualification and be accredited for all your completed courses if you decide to continue into your Bachelor of Music as a second-year student. 

To gain entry into our Bachelor of Music programs, applicants are required to audition and must prepare two contrasting items. These may take the form of: 

  • A live music performance 
  • A recorded video or audio performance 
  • A recorded original composition including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer) 
  • A pdf score of an original composition or arrangement 
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement 
  • An original audio mix of a musical work including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer) 
  • An analytical essay about music or the music business. Topics may include a music artist, composer, musical work, genre, or aspect of the music business. 

Applicants for Bachelor of Music – Performance should prepare two live or recorded music performances. 

AND 

Must have achieved ONE of the following:  

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years (such as HSC or VCE*) and satisfy the minimum English language entry of a Band 3 in HSC English Standard (or equivalent)  
  • Satisfactory completion of IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years  
  • Satisfactory completion of an AQF VET qualification (Certificate IV and above, or equivalent as assessed by DET)  
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 6 months full-time tertiary study (AQF level 5 or higher)  
  • Be a mature age student (21 years or older)  

*NOTE: Completion of Senior VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) does not meet these requirements.  

Need Further Information? View Entry Requirements Domestic or Entry Requirements International.

Would you like to talk about your options for entry? Email us admissions@aim.edu.au  

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS

To reach your potential as a musician, you need to learn from experts. Explore who you will study under.

  • Sam Walton

    Academic Lecturer

    Samantha Walton

    Sam Walton is a singer and musician with a passion for live performance. She began her music career in London, where she was mentored by one of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal coaches, Joshua Alamu (Little Mix, Fleur East, Joss Stone, The Voice UK, Pop Idol) and performed at numerous venues across the UK and Europe. 

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  • Chris Fields

    Academic Lecturer

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    Chris is an in-demand drummer/percussionist and a leading collaborator with musicians from all over the world.  He has performed with countless artists including Olivia Newton-John, Barry Gibb, Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh and many more. 

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  • Dr. Brieley Cutting

    Academic Lecturer

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    Dr. Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist whose playing has been critically praised for its “myriad of colours” and technical expertise. Throughout her career, she has combined her performing with her work as a piano teacher, academic lecturer, accompanist, artistic director, and artistic researcher.

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  • Greg Coffin

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Greg is well respected as an outstanding educator at tertiary level. He is passionate about supporting students through their musical journey, specialising in first year student studies and teaching piano and commencing theory courses.

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  • Josh Kyle

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Josh Kyle is a highly respected faculty member at AIM’s Melbourne campus. His varied approach to music-making has seen him involved with many different musical experiences and settings. He has released four albums under his own name.

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  • Dr. Gary Holgate

    Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Gary is a highly qualified music academic and a seasoned musician. As an upright and electric bass player, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave Macrae, and a guest solo on Plini’s ‘Wombat Astronaut’

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  • Bronte O’Neill

    Academic Lecturer

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    Bronte Maree O’Neill is a performer, songwriter, producer and composer. With over 10 years of experience as a professional musician and artist, she has shared the stage with artists like Aston Merrygold, Paloma Faith, Guy Sebastian, Nico & Vinz and Hayley Warner. She has appeared as a session musician on TV programs such as X Factor, Sunrise and The Morning Show.

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  • Daryl McKenzie

    Academic Lecturer

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    Daryl McKenzie is a composer, arranger, trombonist and conductor. Daryl’s undergraduate studies in music were at the Victorian College of the Arts and North Texas State University. He holds a Master of Education (Music) from RMIT University.

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  • Wendy Dixon

    Academic Lecturer

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    Wendy Dixon is a New Zealand-born pianist, cellist and singer.

    Wendy began her professional career at the age of 18 as Eve in Haydn’s The Creation. Over the next 11 years in New Zealand, Wendy performed an average of three operas a year, numerous oratorios and concert engagements and national tours as a vocal recitalist.

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  • Wen Zhu

    Academic Lecturer

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    Australian violinist Wen Zhu was born in China and began learning violin at age five. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before moving to Australia, where she has studied at AIM, Tasmanian Conservatory of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium.

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  • Dr. Wojciech Wisniewski

    Academic Lecturer

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    Dr Wojciech Wisniewski is a pianist, pedagogue and author currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Born in Poland, Wojciech graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) shortly before arriving in Australia in 2004.

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  • Andrew Smith

    Academic Lecturer

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    Andrew Smith is a Sydney-based saxophonist at the forefront of classical saxophone in Australia. Andrew was awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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