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Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary)

Overview

Music has the power to impact a students' life. Explore the rich and complex world of music education by becoming a music teacher.

Enhance the quality of student development - socially, emotionally and academically through music. 

In the first two years of the program you will take practical study in your chosen instrument or the human voice, as well as courses in musicology, musicianship, and electives in music education, followed by a research project in your final year.

You'll explore how to teach and how people learn, in courses designed specifically for music educators. You'll then apply your knowledge in classrooms. Throughout your program you’ll be immersed in hands-on workshops, school visits and supervised placements, and gain a strong understanding of day-to-day life in a secondary school.

Specialist one-on-one tutoring and ensemble participation will help you excel in your chosen instrument or voice. To prepare for a teaching career, you'll extend your skills across a range of instruments, and learn techniques for teaching classroom music and directing music ensembles.

You'll graduate as a versatile professional, equipped to teach in schools and other educational contexts, create and perform music, and pursue further research. 

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024)
QTAC Code
723202
Program Code
2357
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41120
Duration
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024)
QTAC Code
723202
Program Code
2357
CRICOS Code
081640G
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from world-renowned educators who’ll teach you flexible and creative ways to cater for the diverse learning needs of children and young adults.
  • Graduate with two degrees where you'll be equipped to teach, create music, and pursue further research.
  • Gain early experience in classrooms, with placements available from your first year.
  • Learn to teach in a range of professional settings.

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

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40 in the world for education

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Watch Music education at The University of Queensland on YouTube.

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Music(Honours)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual program must complete 90 days of supervised and assessed professional experience comprising of: 5 days of school experience/observation and 85 days of supervised and assessed professional experience throughout the program.Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home base but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income over this period. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast Queensland and are encouraged to explore the option of a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements. Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Professional Experience Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Secondary school music teacher
  • Primary school music teacher
  • Music ensemble director
  • Private tutor
  • Education advocate
  • Education project or policy officer
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music journalist

Next steps after graduation

Become a classroom music teacher, instrumental music specialist or an ensemble director to name a few.

You’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers, and to work as a secondary or primary school teacher in state and independent schools in Australia and worldwide. 96 per cent of our secondary education graduates are offered teaching jobs.

Further study and experience can lead to roles as a head of department, principal, guidance officer, learning support teacher, or student adviser.

Other graduates choose to work with non-school-based education providers (such as tutoring companies), government agencies or education advocacy organisations.

With an Honours qualification, you'll stand out with in-depth knowledge and specialist skills, and have the option to pursue further research through a Master of Philosophy or PhD.  

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Program accreditation

The Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent):
  • General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and
  • General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); and
  • an audition/interview; a pass in a test of practical ability and musicianship skills.*

All applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria For further information please see QTAC's Initial Teacher Education (ITE) advice page.
Applicants must arrange an audition with the School of Music, to take place between 1 September and 30 November of the year preceding admission. A program of no longer than 15 minutes must be prepared. Details must be provided to the School of Music when the applicant arranges the audition. For an audition to be at a competitive standard, the repertoire performed should be comparable to Grade 7 AMEB. For more information about the audition process (including closing dates and the application form) please visit the School of Music website .

*Note: Selection is based on audition, interview and academic results.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent):
  • General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and
  • General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); and
  • an audition/interview; a pass in a test of practical ability and musicianship skills.*

All applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria For further information please see QTAC's Initial Teacher Education (ITE) advice page.
Applicants must arrange an audition with the School of Music, to take place between 1 September and 30 November of the year preceding admission. A program of no longer than 15 minutes must be prepared. Details must be provided to the School of Music when the applicant arranges the audition. For an audition to be at a competitive standard, the repertoire performed should be comparable to Grade 7 AMEB. For more information about the audition process (including closing dates and the application form) please visit the School of Music website .

*Note: Selection is based on audition, interview and academic results.

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
7526.5

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2024. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.

TOEFL iBT (Paper Edition), PTE Academic, BE, CES, and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

Learn about inherent requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Music/BEduc(Secondary) for Semester 1, 2024

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest94.194.6
Median87.389.8
Lowest77.7577.75

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2024:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

<5<5

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
00%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
571.4%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

7100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

All applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria (online questionnaire and personal statements). For further information please see QTAC's Initial Teacher Education (ITE) advice page. Please refer to the School of Education for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.All students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Additional application information

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course.All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.All students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$7,823

2024

$7,823

2024

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $41,120

2024

AUD $41,120

2024

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Additional costs

  • There may be additional course costs associated with travel or materials.
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • All students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of the LANTITE (approximately $196 or $98 per test). ACER website (https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au) lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the LANTITE tests, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research website: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au
  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation and accommodation to attend residential schools or practicals.
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased through the School.

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary) is 2357.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Music (Honours) / Education (Secondary) is 723202.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying – or if you have any questions about university life – get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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