Honours projects can be structured in a wide variety of ways, all of which have two common elements:

  1. The work is supervised by an academic member of staff
  2. The research findings are documented and available for review 

There are three frequently used formats for Honours projects at the School of Music:

  • Thesis
  • Performance Recital
  • Composition Folio

Students can use one of these formats, or can request permission from the Honours course coordinator for a customised format if their request is supported by their project supervisor.

22 November 2021 seminar about the Bachelor of Music (Honours) curriculum, honours project formats, and course options for 2022 (video, 1 hour 4 minutes)

MUSC4610 Formats

Thesis

12 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

6 hours of project specific support each semester - options include, but are not limited to,

  • preparing human ethics applications
  • developing software skills
  • one-to-one performance or composition lessons
  • recording assistance

Research findings are presented in a written document of up to 16,000 words in length

Performance Recital

6 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

12 hours of one-to-one performance lessons each semester

Research findings are presented as a performance recital of approximately 45 to 50 minutes in duration, plus an exegesis of up to 8,000 words in length

Composition Folio

6 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

12 hours of one-to-one composition lessons each semester

Research findings are presented as a composition folio of approximately 20 minutes in duration, plus an exegesis of up to 8,000 words in length

MUSC4500 Formats

Thesis

6 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

Research findings are presented in a written document of up to 12,000 words in length

Performance Recital

6 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

Research findings are presented as a performance recital of approximately 15 to 20 minutes in duration, plus an exegesis of up to 6,000 words in length

Composition Folio

6 hours of one-to-one meetings each semester with the project supervisor

Research findings are presented as a composition folio of approximately 20 minutes in duration, plus an exegesis of up to 6,000 words in length