Why study the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Education (Secondary)

This dual degree program is designed specifically for students wishing to pursue a career in music education, incorporating advanced research training in their chosen Music Honours field. In the first two years of the program, all students take practical study in their chosen instrument or the human voice, as well as courses in music history, techniques and aural training, plus electives from popular music or other courses. Students then undertake three years of courses relevant to their specialisation in music education. Final Year students have the opportunity to undertake teaching area courses that investigate the 7-12 Music syllabus, instrumental teaching and choral music education. Graduates are thoroughly prepared for the variety of teaching contexts expected of music teachers throughout secondary school , while also being equipped to undertake postgraduate studies in music.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 English, plus one of Mathematics A, B or C and an audition/interview; a pass in a test of practical ability and musicianship skills.*

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

For more information about the audition process (including closing dates and the application form) please visit the School of Music website.

Admission requirements for the BEd(Secondary).

Program structure

The Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Education (Secondary) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Education (Secondary) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Compulsory Placement Course

Students must complete 10 days school experience and 90 days supervised practicum. 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 Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

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

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Education (Secondary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Education (Secondary).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Music Learning

This major provides a wide choice of courses to suit individual student's interests across music pedagogy, conducting, aural studies, musicology, music technology and popular music. Graduates with this major find employment in educational contexts, music journalism, arts administration and in librarianship.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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