Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance)

Armed with talent and a music degree in contemporary performance from JMC Academy you’re well on your way to becoming a star.

This extensive course will not only help you hone your artistic skills, but also teach you everything you need to know to become a commercial success. Learn from skilled industry professionals and explore everything from song writing to musical arrangement and performance training.

Gain in depth experience in professional recording studios during your entire course and also lean the production and business skills you’ll need to graduate and become a success.

Whether you want to work behind the scenes as a composer or be on stage as a musician, this course will help you get there.

At a glance

At a glance
Qualification Bachelor Degree

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Provider JMC Academy

ATAR score of 65 or equivalent, minimum 17 years of age an audition and an interview

Study mode
  1. In-class
  1. NSW (Sydney)
  2. QLD (Brisbane)
  3. VIC (Melbourne)
Study load 2 years
Assessment Assignments + Exams
Start date Three start dates a year. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
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What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • your chosen instrument
  • song writing
  • musical arrangement
  • improvisation
  • performance for stage, screen & studio
  • solo & band sessions
  • music technology
  • business principles
  • live sound and production


"JMC Academy has established connections in the industry, which means work experience and job opportunities are regularly brought to the attention of students."

Jamie Watson, JMC graduate

Course structure

Total Units: 30
  • History of Contemporary Music
  • Introduction to Contemporary Music Theory
  • Music Technology I
  • Ensemble Studies I
  • Instrument Study I
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Arranging Music: The Key Concepts
  • Live sound and Production
  • Ensemble Studies II
  • Instrument Study II

Bachelor subjects:

  • History of Western Music
  • Song Writing I
  • Music Technology II
  • Ensemble Studies III
  • Instrument Study III
  • Business Principles for the Contemporary Musician
  • Innovation and Arranging in Contemporary Music
  • Music in Visual Contexts
  • Ensemble Studies IV
  • Instrument Study IV
  • Specialist Project
  • Songwriting II
  • Improvisation and Rhythmic Studies
  • Ensemble Studies V
  • Instrument Study V
  • Arranging for Contemporary Ensembles
  • World Music
  • Music Technology III
  • Ensemble Studies VI
  • Instrument Studies VI

Course features

  • Complete a Bachelor degree in 2 years
  • World class facilities
  • Hands-on learning
  • Gain experience in professional recording studios
  • Collaboration opportunities with students studying other courses at JMC
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library


Year 12 or equivalent, with:

  • ATAR score of 65 or above or OP score of 16 or below
  • Written application
  • Minimum of 17 years of age
  • Interview
  • Audition

Get started - we're ready when you are!

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We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

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