Music Performance

Focus on developing and enhancing your voice or instrument.

  • Experience world-class instrumental and vocal tuition from internationally acclaimed practitioners at Queensland's only world's top 50 university.
  • Increase your future music performance employability by participating in chamber music, large ensembles, lectures, master classes, and recitals.
  • Obtain a future-driven tertiary music education, which will allow you to successfully navigate a music performance career in the digital age.

The Bachelor of Music (Honours) undergraduate degree is the School of Music’s flagship program. It offers a range and breadth of experiences across a variety of teaching and learning platforms, all designed to make you fully employable within the music profession of the 21st century. All areas of the profession are catered for within this program, which leads to obtaining Australia’s highest undergraduate degree qualification. All areas of study covered at undergraduate level can lead seamlessly into more specialised study at postgraduate level thus making the School of Music at UQ a one-stop institution for all of your future career needs.

Music performance lies at the heart of the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program at UQ. The School of Music houses the finest youth orchestra in Queensland, which performs at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Vocal ensembles are many and also of the highest standard: UQ Chorale, UQ Chamber Singers, and UQ Singers are extremely busy performance ensembles, directed by world-class practioners.

Instrumental, vocal, and conducting lecturers are extremely experience performers and educators. Many of them are drawn from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland. Students receive weekly lessons in their performance field of study in a variety of repertoire and periods. Extension classes for all instrumental and vocal disciplines are offered. Students are also offered regular performance opportunities in front of an audience of peers. UQ has an enviable rate of success in providing musicians for annual Australian Youth Orchestra programs. Furthermore, the School is now a notable provider of postgraduate students for the Australian National Academy of Music.

The world-class music performance training at UQ can lead to postgraduate study at Masters or Higher Degree by Research levels whilst staying within music performance. Artistic research is an increasing area of expertise globally and has the potential to increase salary base and professional options longer term.

UQ’s work integrated learning options are varied and include internships with noted industry companies, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland, Musica Viva, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Youth Orchestras, and Education Queensland. The School of Music also runs an entrepreunurial skills course so crucial to a music performance career in the 21st century.

There are many reasons why future students should make the Bachelor of Music (Honours) undergraduate degree program at UQ their first QTAC preference. The School’s employment rate is highly envied and it reflects the world-class training and staffing available to students at the Home of the Thinking Musician!

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

  • Performance (extended major) - two years of practical and chamber music studies
  • Performance (major) - two years of practical studies, one year of chamber music studies

The Bachelor of Music is available as a dual degree with the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

Diploma in Music Performance

Offered concurrently with any UQ undergraduate program except the Bachelor of Music (Honours), the Diploma provides an excellent opportunity for students to maintain or develop their interests and skills in music ensemble training, including participation in ensemble rehearsals and performances.