Music Creative Practice - MUSCJH3473

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of the Arts and Media


Program: 3473 - Music (Honours) / Commerce


Bachelor of Music (Honours)

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Stream Outline

Music Creative Practice offers intensive pre-professional training in performance or composition in a self-selected musical style or tradition, including Jazz and World Music.

The stream is structured around three core courses. The gateway course, Music Performance Styles and Interpretation, develops specialised knowledge of a range of music styles including those derived from particular historical periods, genres and approaches to music interpretation. The course will help students to develop a stylistically informed performance with careful consideration of relevant technical and interpretative issues. Creative Projects in Performance and Composition is aimed at enhancing performance and presentation skills through collaborative projects between musicians, between musicians and composers, and between musicians and members of production teams. Music Analysis examines and applies a range of strategies for analyzing a broad range of music. Each strategy will begin with a problem: of technique, of experience, of description. Dedicated forums in the Performance Laboratory course provide a space for instructional learning in private and group situations, for observational and experiential learning in workshops and formal performance settings, and for experimental learning in environments that emphasize the development of creativity and individuality.

Music Creative Practice also enables students to develop excellence in a comprehensive range of ensemble practices, in other theoretical and critical subjects, in music from various styles, genres and cultures as preparation for professional work in music performance, arranging and composition, music teaching, practice-based research, broadcasting and recording, music journalism, and arts administration. Graduates may also pursue further qualifications in music education.

The Music Creative Practice Stream is one of four streams within the Bachelor of Music (UNSW BMus) four-year, full time degree.

Students wishing to enter this stream will be selected at the end of semester one in the second year of study in the single degree or third year of study in the dual degree by a panel chosen by the Program Authority. Selection will be based on the following criteria:
  1. A minimum grade of 80% in the practical examination of the Performance Laboratory 2 course.
  2. The ensemble assessment, Performance Seminar and Performance Workshop grades from the Performance Laboratory 2 course.
  3. The practical teacher's semester report grade.

Stream Structure

The stream consists of 48 UOC made up of two components:

Coursework courses (12 UOC)


Research thesis (36 UOC)
Students complete a total of 36 UOC in thesis chosen from a combination of the following:


Creative Practice-based project and thesis (36 UOC)
Students complete 24 UOC in creative practice-based project and 12 UOC in thesis chosen from a combination of the following:

Sample Program

Pure Research - Full Time (1 year)
Semester 1
Semester 2

Pure Research - Part Time (2 years)
Year 1 Semester 1
Year 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2

Practice Based - Full Time (1 year)
Semester 1
Semester 2

Practice Based - Part Time (2 years)
Year 1 Semester 1
Year 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2
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