About Music

As a contemporary discipline, Music incorporates a range of study areas with an emphasis on developing a practical, valuable and flexible set of skills. In studying Music, students undertake creative projects relevant to current real-world practices, while also undertaking academic and theoretical study.

Music students can design a program based on individual interests, selecting from vocal studies, music production, guitar and rhythm studies, theory and history, and more. Reflecting its contemporary nature, formal musical training is not a pre-requisite for study in Music.

Practical units use cutting-edge facilities, including fully-equipped performance spaces, computer labs with a range of up-to-date production software, industry-standard recording studios, and practice rooms.

What Music includes

For complete information on units, visit the Macquarie University Handbook website.

MMCCS offers a range of Music units focused on contemporary and popular music theory, as well as practical and creative work. Areas covered include vocal studies, popular music, music production, 20th and 21st-century music history, guitar, rhythm studies and drumming, world music, music and the moving image, songwriting, music business, musical theatre, music and arts journalism, DJing, and music performance.

Ways to study Music

For complete information on courses, visit the Macquarie Course Finder website.

Music can be studied as a major in a qualifying degree, as a minor, or as elective units of study.

Undergraduate degrees focusing on Music include:

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Media with a major in Radio, Digital Audio and Broadcast Production (new in 2017)
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Radio, Digital Audio and Broadcast Production (new in 2017)
Bachelor of Arts in Arts Industries and Management

These majors can also be studied as part of a combined or double degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Music

Postgraduate degrees focusing on Music include:

Master of Creative Industries

Music can also be studied as a postgraduate research degree (PhD and MRes). For more information on higher degree research, visit Macquarie's Research Degrees website.


For complete information on staff research, visit the MMCCS Staff page.

Music teaching staff are active researchers and practitioners, and are involved in diverse aspects of music study, including the Australian music industries, contemporary singing, vocal pedagogy, music production, ethnomusicology, South Asian music cultures, East Asian popular music, audio-visual performance, creativity research, popular music aesthetics, and computer music composition.


For information on Music facilities, visit the Facilities page.

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