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Bachelor of Music (B-MUS) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music should be able to:

  • contextualise their practice and performance within the best practices of local, national and international standards;
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of their discipline;
  • pursue musical knowledge and skills independently, with intellectual honesty and rigorous methods of inquiry both in a specialisation and in the discipline as a whole;
  • use and assimilate the potential of technologies to facilitate the dissemination of musical skills, knowledge and information;
  • make critical, informed and sophisticated responses to new musical ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks, both in their specialisation and in the discipline of music as a whole;
  • show empathy, self-reflection and critical intelligence in the dissemination of skills and knowledge in their specialisation;
  • work competently and productively in a musical setting, both alone and in groups;
  • integrate a holistic view of music from different times and places into their working and intellectual lives;
  • participate with integrity, discrimination and sound knowledge and understanding in national and international debates, dialogues and discussions in their area of specialisation and in the discipline as a whole;
  • communicate effectively;
  • qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations in the music profession;
  • have a lifelong commitment to learning.

Generic skills

Every subject you take in the BMus has a set of objectives which relate the content of the subject and its assessment requirements to your acquisition, not only of specific skills and knowledge, but also of generic skills. Generic skills will accompany you throughout your life and will provide you with the expertise to enter a wide variety of careers in or related to the music profession. For example:

  • Juggling your practice, study, leisure and work-time commitments provides you with generic skills in planning and time management, an ability necessary in almost any career.
  • Playing in ensembles, and organising rehearsals and performances, involves you in the generic skills of teamwork and leadership, which you will also need in your future career.
  • Many of the assessment tasks in your music history and theory subjects involve generic "thinking skills", including critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills. You will also gain a sophisticated attitude towards knowledge, and develop and enhance your abilities in seeking, evaluating and retrieving information.
  • Your written and spoken presentations in many subjects develop your communication skills.
  • Your life at the MCM will bring you into contact with students from many different backgrounds with whom you will work closely in practical and academic tasks, increasing your skills in intercultural understanding and sensitivity.

With such a range of specific and generic skills you will be set for lifelong learning and enjoyment of music.

Graduate attributes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music will be:

  • Academically excellent as a result of:
    • participation in a diversity of teaching and learning modes, including individual tuition, tutorials, masterclasses, performance and concert classes, on-line learning, seminars, large lectures and ensemble experiences
    • assessment practices that demand independent thinking, critical analysis and an openness to new ideas
  • Articulate and authoritatively informed in musical discourse
  • Familiar and competent with research protocols, written and spoken communication skills, and the ethics of scholarship through a program of core and elective academic subjects over three years
  • Artistically sophisticated with a high level of understanding of the aesthetic of their discipline
  • Competent across disciplines as a result of:
    • participation in a variety of "ways of knowing" within the discipline of music - solo, chamber and orchestral competency; theoretical knowledge of music; historical and contextual knowledge of music; aural acuity
    • participation in up to 75 points of breadth subjects
    • able to use the interaction of music and other disciplines with creativity and insight
  • Community leaders through:
    • undertaking and developing new initiatives in community awareness and understanding of the place of music in society
    • leadership roles in University and community-based public performances, workshops and outreach programs
    • high-level development of teamwork and group dynamic skills through participation in music ensembles
  • Attuned to cultural diversity through:
    • a raft of academic elective and ensemble opportunities that involve thinking about differences in ways of being musical as well as participating in music from other times and places
    • familiarity with culturally diverse ways of conceptualising and talking about music
    • hands-on experiences of culturally diverse styles of music making and musical pedagogy
  • Global citizens through:
    • experiences gained through Study Abroad
    • participation throughout the course in the inherently international nature of music in all its manifestations
    • awareness as ambassadors for Australia through promotion of its cultural richness
    • facilitators and communicators between diverse cultural communities