3 Awesome Music Programs in Australia

by Joel Tan

Searching for a study abroad program in Australia to satisfy a deep thirst for classical music and musical performance? Seeking a way to awaken the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in you? There are plenty of providers that offer incredible programs for music students who want to explore the outback, but check out this list of the top music study programs offered at the best Australian universities.

Music, Australia

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and University of Sydney

The university and the courses: The University of Sydney (USyd) is Australia's first university. Founded in 1850, the university is one of the most prestigious, reputable universities in the world, placing consistently in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. In 1990, USyd brought into its fold the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; as a leading music school in the Land Down Under, it has has produced some amazing musical geniuses in its time, including Tania Davis, a member of the best-selling string quartet of all time Bond.

At USyd, music majors have a wide variety of academic options to choose from, including: a Diploma of Music, a specialized vocational course in music performance that can be taken in two years or four semesters of continuous studies, a Bachelors of Music, which is offered in four specialized areas, including Performance, Composition, Music Education, and Musicology, and last but not least a Bachelors of Music Studies, which is recommended for students seeking a broad musical education in a short amount of time.

The program: Aside from placing music majors in one of Australia's top universities, the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad program provides activities designed to meet each student's personal, academic, cultural, and social needs. The program has several highlights that make the study abroad experience a memorable one, such as living in Sydney, getting the chance to explore Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, and Hunter Valley, and going on an excursion to The Whitsundays, a group of islands off the central coast of Queensland.

Must See: The University of Sydney Union where organized music and arts festivals occur.

Sydney, Australia

IES Abroad Sydney - Semester/Year Program

The universities and the courses: Students can enroll in music courses at a university of their choice, with IES Abroad: Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. Macquarie University is a public teaching and research university in New South Wales. Founded in 1964, the university offers more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Music. The University of New South Wales, on the other hand, is a research-focused university and ranked as one of the world's best universities. It is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of research-intensive universities around the world. World-renown and recognized for the ability to mold some of the nation’s top musicians, the University of Sydney is a clear choice for aspiring musicians who want to complete a degree within reach of the well-known Sydney Opera House.

At Macquarie University, students can complete a multitude of music courses or even earn a Baccalaureate of Arts in Contemporary Music, which focuses on modern-day music, including pop, indigenous, and electronic genres. At the University of New South Wales, degree-seeking students can spend four years earning a Baccalaureate of Music, learning a range of skills through what they call Streams. These course streams include Music Creative Practice, Music Inquiry, Music Pedagogy, and Sonic Arts. The University of Sydney provides students with a variety of academic options, from diplomas to full degrees and music education to performance.

The program: As participants in the IES Abroad program, students will have the chance to live and study in Sydney, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. While in Sydney, students will have the chance to watch performances at the Sydney Opera House, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, and explore the cities beaches, from Coogee to Bondi; the program includes field trips to points of interest in Australia. In the past, students have been treated to excursions to Cairns, a city in Queensland, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.

Must See: Witness the city's robust music scene by attending a performance at the Sydney Opera House.

Newcastle, Australia

Semester in Newcastle with CISAbroad

The university and the courses: The University of Newcastle is a public university established in 1965, known for pioneering the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. Its primary campus (Newcastle CBD) is located in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle in New South Wales, while other campuses are situated in the central business districts of Sydney and Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Ourimbah, as well as in Singapore. The Newcastle CBD campus is home to the School of Music and Conservatorium, which is where most music majors spend their time studying and their free time enjoying the more than 100 acre scenic campus.

The University of Newcastle has a wide array of music degree courses available to international students studying abroad for a semester and for those interested in completing a full degree (CISAbroad also provides full music degree program options at the University of Newcastle, including bachelors degree, graduate certificate, master's degree, and doctoral programs). The full bachelors degree programs can be taken over three years of full-time study or a part-time equivalent timespan is available. Students will be able to take full advantage of the university’s facilities, for example, at the Conservatorium located on the Newcastle CBD campus, students can learn how perform in ensembles and bands and play a range of genres, including jazz and classical music. All of the university’s music courses help prepare students for a successful career in music.

The program: Students who choose to study at the University of Newcastle are pleasantly surprised by living costs, as Newcastle is one of the most affordable cities in Australia. CISabroad provides grants for student participants too, ranging from early bird discounts to considerable scholarships. Students are also provided with cultural and adventure activities throughout their program, including an opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef.

Must See: The city’s active youth music culture and performances at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Newcastle.