Bachelor of Music
UniSQ’s Bachelor of Music focuses on developing the musician as a creative and independent musician and communicator. Throughout their study at UniSQ, graduates will have tailored their skills to meet the diverse and evolving requirements of the independent, contemporary musician. Today’s musician is no longer reliant on old structures of production and distribution, and continually evolving technologies provide opportunity for artists to develop and distribute products and services in a more sustainable and immediate way. From digital artistic collaborations through to teaching music lessons via Skype, UniSQ’s Bachelor of Music acknowledges that today’s musician will be globally connected. As a student in the Music Practice major, you’ll explore individual and collaborative music making, live and digital performance, and songwriting, composition and musical arrangement. In the Musical Communication major, you will learn to speak the languages of music, explore musical cultures, and engage with relevant theoretical concepts – enabling communication both between musicians, and between musicians and audiences.
3-years Full Time
6-years Part Time
During your three years of the Music Practice major you will build a skill set that encompasses playing, composing, arranging and communicating with and about music. You will engage with technologies both new and traditional, enabling you to take your place in the global and local musical community. The Music Communication will build on your knowledge of music as it is practiced globally and locally. You will gain an understanding of the powerful way in which music operates to effect and influence people.
Music has always been a part of who Bonnie is. She graduated from UniSQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) in Music and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in piano pedagogy, specifically focusing on creative music-making and learning.
Pursuing tertiary studies in music at UniSQ has opened doors for Bonnie to work as a performer, piano teacher, accompanist and musical director. Through studying, Bonnie has also discovered her talent and passion for improvising, composing and arranging, recording her own music and helping other artists record their albums. With initial plans to study Journalism, Bonnie found her way back to music after living in Denmark as an exchange student, where her love for music was rekindled through exposure to genres such as funk, pop and jazz.
Overcoming personal challenges of self-confidence, breaking away from false humility and recognising that she is good at what she enjoys, Bonnie runs to pursue her passion as a career, continue learning and desires to share her talent and knowledge with others.
Jess graduated from UniSQ with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) in 2018, and started her professional work as a vocal tutor in only her second year of study. Having majored in ‘contemporary voice’, Jess quickly realized teaching was her passion, and commenced voice tutoring directly to put the skills she had been learning through her studies to an immediate start! Throughout her years at UniSQ, a multitude of doors opened up for her professional career in music, from being a backing vocalist for Wendy Matthews in 2017, to becoming a lead vocalist for Cool Nights Big Band, and also performing on stage at the Empire Theatre in musicals such as Hairspray, Legally Blonde and Evita (just to name a few).
Jess also spends most of her weekends gigging and singing her way around the Darling Downs at weddings, functions and events. Post study, she completed all levels of Somatic Voicework with the world renowned Jeanie LoVetri, and is still currently tutoring voice today after 10 years of doing so!
Apart from teaching and performing, you’ll also find Jess in the musical theatre industry working as a vocal consultant. After vocal coaching Mamma Mia through the Empire Theatre and Avenue Q through Shoebox Theatre Company, Jess is always looking for the next musical she can sink her creative teeth into!
Studying music at UniSQ provided Jess with opportunities she couldn’t have ever dreamed up. She credits the course and lecturers to shaping her into the successful musician she is today, and cannot wait for many more years working in the music industry!
Leah Lever began her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) at school through Head Start and graduated With Distinction. She found the USQ degree directly relevant to the real world and that it helped progress her music career to the next level.
“The degree does not limit music studies to a particular genre so gave me the freedom to explore and broaden my own style musically,” Leah said. “I tackled songs I would never even have considered previously because my voice and style had always been defined as a particular style and boxed into a corner. After graduation I even wrote a song about that which is another skill which I honed at USQ.
The real-world skills I learnt, such as chart writing, song writing, recording, collaboration, scriptwriting, and project management were exactly what I needed to start getting paid work in the industry after graduation.
One of the great benefits of USQ is that it covers the whole gamut of the music industry, so I learned to widen my understanding of not only the industry, but myself as a musician. I realised I had capabilities I had never even imaged and here I could test my new skills with like-minded, supportive teachers and students.
Even better, I got to step onto a stage each week with my cohort to test out my new skills and we even presented our show material to paying audiences on a regular basis.
After graduating, I produced and successfully performed my own ticketed cabaret shows at significant venues, including performing arts centres, and I now also sing as part of a well-known company.
Achieving my degree gives me that credibility edge that I needed. It signifies that I am dedicated to music, can collaborate with other musicians and am able to work with live bands.
I am now at the stage where my phone rings with paid work offers and I have the confidence to negotiate fees and repertoire with industry leaders and then of course step onto that stage.”
Meet our UniSQ Music students as they prepare new musical concerts and watch some of our great performances.