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Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

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About this course

The University of New England's (UNE) online Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) will set you up for a rewarding career in teaching.

With a focus on music, this course will introduce you to key areas such as listening, analysis, harmony, songwriting and performance. Choose from a diverse range of electives, including popular music, Western music history and Asian musical traditions. You'll develop the skills and knowledge to engage your students and create a safe and productive working environment.

The education component of this course will also qualify you to become a successful general secondary teacher.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 80 days of supervised professional experience, in consultation with the School.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music), you could still be eligible to receive a qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching Bachelor of Education.



To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; AND
  • Complete a satisfactory personal statement assessed by the discipline within six months prior to the date of enrolment; AND
  • Have on admission to the degree a performance standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board, or demonstrate this via an audition; AND
  • Have a musical theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board, or undertake a musical theory test; OR
  • Candidates applying on the basis of previous studies at UNE must have completed MUSI121 or equivalent with a Credit grade or higher and MUSI111 or MUSI101 or MUSI110 or equivalent with a Credit grade or higher.

Students must also satisfy the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • English is the applicant's first language; OR
  • If the applicant is applying for an undergraduate course, satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of applying for admission to UNE, of at least four years of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the period of study claimed, resulting in an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) award or an award recognised by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR); OR
  • If the applicant is applying for a graduate entry course, satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of applying for admission to UNE, of at least three years of full-time or equivalent full-time study at tertiary level in English in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by NOOSR; OR
  • Have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; OR
  • Have an International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) course, the subjects you may study include:

Music component core units:

  • Aural skills 1 and 2
  • Harmony and analysis 1 and 2
  • Foundation studies in musical performance
  • Songwriting for contemporary performance

Plus three of the following units:

  • Music cultures
  • Popular music
  • Western music history: beginnings to baroque
  • Western music history: classical and romantic eras
  • Asian musical traditions
  • Western music history: 20th and 21st century

Plus two of the following units:

  • Creative portfolio 1 and 2
  • Live sound, media and performance
  • Ensemble leadership

Plus one of the following units:

  • Electronic music production
  • Studio recording practice

Plus one of the following minor curriculum areas:

  • Computing technology information systems
  • Computing technology software design
  • Drama
  • English
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Society and Culture (HSIE)

Education component core units:

  • Society and education
  • Aboriginal education
  • Literacies in context
  • ICT across the curriculum: PrEx 20 days
  • Planning for effective learning: PrEx 20 days
  • Educating students in inclusive environments
  • Classroom behaviour management: PrEx 20 days
  • Foundations of professional classroom practice
  • Teaching for cultural diversity-NESB students
  • Secondary music pedagogy Y7-10
  • Secondary music ICT
  • Secondary music pedagogy Y11-12
  • Research-based secondary music pedagogy

Plus one of the following minor curriculum areas:

  • Secondary education: drama 1
  • Secondary education: drama 2
  • Secondary English: theory and practice
  • Secondary English: literature and literacy
  • Teaching secondary computing studies: foundation
  • Teaching secondary computing studies: advanced
  • Languages teaching I
  • Languages teaching II
  • Junior secondary mathematics education 7-10
  • Senior secondary mathematics education 11-12
  • Secondary education: society and environment curriculum 1
  • Secondary education: society and culture
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) from the University of New England.

Graduates will be qualified to pursue work teaching music in secondary schools. Teaching is recognised as a rewarding career and is respected and valued for its contribution to forging a better community. This qualification could see graduates employed in secondary schools across Australia.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Music Teacher
  • Musician
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Music Tutor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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