Bachelor of Applied Music - Performance

Box Hill Institute

This program focuses on the performance of contemporary popular and jazz styles. Students will receive one-on-one tuition on their principal instrument and attend group technical work classes. It incorporates studies in solo, ensemble and band performance practices; improvisation, gig repertoire and performance in a variety of cultural styles (including Latin, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Reggae and Caribbean music). Opportunities for real gig performances are provided each semester in a variety of settings. Core subjects include studies in music technology; music business; jazz harmony, traditional theory, music history, keyboard studies, aural training, aesthetics and world music. Students choose from a wide range of composition, audio production and ensemble electives, and take advantage of opportunities to perform in bands, ensembles and vocal ensembles. They will have access to state-of-the-art computer labs and studio facilities as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other music students in other streams.

Course Fee:

Australian: $46,002
International: $53,460

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; a study score of at least 20 in English (additional consideration will be given for achievement in VCE music subjects); must demonstrate aptitude in music performance; or must be at least 21 years and provide evidence of relevant academic or music industry experience and be able to demonstrate the capability to successfully complete the course demonstrate aptitude in music performance


First year - 12 subjects, Second Year - 10 subjects plus 2 electives, Third Year - 10 subjects plus 2 electives. Electives availability will be discussed at enrolment as not all electives are available each year.

Subjects you can Study:

Performance; Composition; Audio production

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Music will be eligible to apply for entry into postgraduate courses.

Further information:

Students must contact the Centre for Performing Arts to make arrangements for an interview/audition.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02411J

Related Careers:

Musician, Sound Technician,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Box Hill No info No Full time 3 years
Box Hill No info No Part time 6 years

At Box Hill Institute, you’re not just a number. Our smaller class sizes mean you’ll get the support you need to succeed in your studies. We keep our higher education courses practical, with a strong focus on job skills to ensure graduates have the abilities that employers require in their particular industry. When you study with us, it’s not just about the journey. We want you to graduate with genuine job opportunities. That’s why eight in 10 Box Hill Institute graduates are employed or pursuing further study within six months of graduating*.

We focus on future proofing our students’ careers by offering higher education qualifications and pathways in exciting growth areas like cyber security, aviation and 3D manufacturing. Our teachers are all expert practitioners with relevant experience and careers in their teaching areas. They bring a wealth of knowledge about their industry, the realities of various career paths and the areas you need to focus on to succeed.

We offer a substantial range of higher education study areas, including:

  • music (applied business, composition, audio production, performance, sound production)
  • commerce (accounting and international business) 
  • community services
  • fashion (fashion and fashion merchandising)
  • early childhood (education and care)
  • hospitality management
  • library and information management
  • science and biotechnology (biosecurity, and science and biotechnology)
  • computer systems.

At Box Hill Institute, you’ll gain industry connections and have work placement opportunities while you study. Many of our undergraduate courses are aligned to career paths that have been defined by the industry sectors we work with, so the courses are relevant and industry-specific. 

Studying with us means that you’ll have access to some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country — from our high-tech recording studios to our working restaurant, where chefs Guy Grossi, George Calombaris and Curtis Stone trained. We operate a Nursing Skills Centre of Excellence, the Pets on Elgar veterinary training centre, information technology labs and our $41 million Integrated Technology Hub — the first of its kind. Our Lilydale Lakeside Campus operates a Tech School, an e-learning centre, a business incubator, a childcare centre, conference facilities, and accommodation. Soon it will open an Edutainment Centre.

Other campus facilities include cafeterias, student lounges, childcare services and libraries. We offer a number of student services, including employment assistance, counselling and a disability liaison service, and support for Indigenous students. We also offer specific literacy and numeracy support to provide eligible students with help to complete their course. This support focuses on workplace reading, writing, numeracy (maths) and communication skills. It is flexible and provides support in classrooms and/or in group tutorials, and with online activities.

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*Source: NCVER 2016

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