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Study a modern degree that strikes a chord

So you were in a band in school. You’ve dreamed about a career in music. Consider a degree in popular music.

You might be surprised to discover how many musicians on the world stage rose to fame by studying hard and listening to their teachers.

Queensland Conservatorium’s popular music program embraces many forms, from mainstream to underground: covers pop, rock, R&B, country, hip hop, metal, even your own unique style.

We've even helped to set the Seed project, an annual compilation album that promotes the work of our best graduating students.

Studying this unique program, you’ll have 24/7 access to music studios equipped with the latest recording facilities, editing suites, audio-visual and postproduction technology.

You’ll be immersed in a creative environment emphasizing the musical skills required by successful, professional 21st century musicians.

Creative practices are at the heart of our program, offering you opportunities to expand your skills in every way possible – from playing in bands to film, theatre or multimedia.

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Don't keep your future on hold.

Study popular music at Griffith

Gain the skills to launch your career

Learn from the best

We have strong links with the music industry You’ll learn from teachers who have ongoing real world experience to bring to the classroom. They’re professionals: independent producers, sound engineers, songwriters and performers, with a track record of working with the best in the business.

Develop real world experience

Live performance underpins the program, incorporated into classes across all six semesters. The word is out about the quality of students this degree attracts, so there are regular paid performance opportunities.

You’ll have 24/7 access to professional standard recording studios, acoustically designed practice and live recording rooms, audio post production suites and multimedia labs. You can collaborate with film and multimedia students, using leading edge digital video studios on the Gold Coast campus. There are live performances at Gold Coast venues, campus venues and Queensland Conservatorium events.

You can elect to take music industry internship courses, with placements in recording studios, events management companies, music industry publishers and everything in between. Studying a music degree gives you unique opportunities to learn about lots of different styles of music and how to play them. That could a real plus in the future if you go on to do session work.

Audition Information

Application to Conservatorium degree programs is based on various requirements, which may include an audition, written or oral interview, and presentation of a folio. Find out more

Mirusia Louwerse

Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)

Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian-Dutch soprano who gained worldwide fame as a soloist with André Rieu—the man responsible for turning classical and waltz music into a hugely successful worldwide concert touring act. She studied opera at Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. She says her time at Queensland Conservatorium was marked by a feeling that it was finally a place where she fitted in, where she “made lifelong friends and contacts in the music industry”. ‘My dream always was to tour the world, and I am fortunate to say I have followed and lived that dream so far! I am really proud of my achievements in my career, but I am also still learning every day and there is still so much I want to do.’

Mirusia Loewerse

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Career outcomes

Industry-focused training delivers professional level skills

Our popular music degree comes with a wealth of contacts, opportunities and chances to really chase your dream

Employers look for initiative-driven graduates who work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. Griffith graduates find their niche in large music organisations and the entertainment industry, as well as the education sector.

  • Recording artists
  • Performers
  • Composers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teachers (with additional study), or in a range of other occupations connected with music

Popular music graduates have also successfully established their own businesses such as recording studios, teaching studios, music distribution, and artist and repertoire companies.

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You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 27 February — Saturday 17 June

Trimester 1 (International)

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester starting on Monday 27 February.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.

Monday 22 May — Friday 26 May

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Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university. Find out more.

Friday 2 June — Saturday 3 June

Careers & Employment Expo

Opportunity to connect with organisations for guidance, clarity and opportunities for career options.

Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2 (International)

Our second trimester runs from Monday 3 July to Saturday 14 October 2017.

Monday 3 July — Friday 22 September

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester for 2017 runs from Monday 3 July to Friday 22 September. Get started on your study journey.

Tuesday 4 July — Wednesday 5 July

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Saturday 15 July — Sunday 16 July

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Tuesday 18 July — Thursday 25 May

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers & Employment Expo

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Monday 24 July — Thursday 25 May

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Monday 18 September — Friday 29 September

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Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

Trimester 3 (International)

Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2017 to Friday 17 February 2018.

Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

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Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2016 to Friday 2 February 2018.

Wednesday 15 November — Thursday 25 May

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Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.