• Dr Alistair Noble
  • Head of School

    Dr Alistair Noble
  • Qualification

  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

AWARD: Bachelor of Music (Contemporary)

Master your musician skills:


Perfect your performance as a solo and collaborative artist


Your Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) will speak volumes:

  • Write, workshop, perform, produce and record your own music
  • Amplify your skills through individual tutoring and group master classes
  • Tap into a rich diversity of genres, styles and sounds
  • Enjoy regular performances in a concert environment
  • Perform live at a significant music venue with your band
  • Collaborate with a serious mix of fellow musicians who will help you explore and expand your skills and sound 
  • Excel in your theory and aural musicianship, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of music
  • Be mentored by high-calibre professional musicians in a supportive, creative environment. Learn from experts who personally know what it takes to break into the music scene and sustain a career


Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.

  1. Major study: Specialised training and performance practice to develop your instrument/vocals, culminating in a 40-minute graduation recital
  2. Academic studies: Hone in on music theory and your favourite sounds: contemporary, jazz, baroque, classical, romantic, avant-garde, music theatre, film, roots music, world music or Latin music – the choice is yours
  3. Ensemble: Collaborate and cultivate your skills in group jam sessions, leading to live performances
  4. Associated studies & electives: Sharpen your focus or explore more

Elective units give you space to explore and shape your experience. If an area of specialty is calling, you can answer with electives in the same key. Or you can use this space to mix things up across composition, performance, production, management, media and tech.

In fact, you can choose electives from any of AIM’s major study streams. Popular examples include:

  • Arranging
  • Arts & Entertainment Law
  • Audio Technology
  • Conducting
  • Digital Workstation Operation
  • DJ Electronic Music
  • Film & Screen Orchestration
  • Foundations of Improvisation
  • Guitar Skills
  • Intro to Arts & Entertainment Management
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Live Performance
  • Movement for Stage
  • Recording Performance
  • And many more …

Entrance is by submission of a portfolio. Contemporary Performance applicants are required to:

  • Submit a portfolio, featuring the performance of TWO contrasting pieces of music on your chosen instrument (ONE song may be original).  Drummers must submit recordings of several different styles - each around 30 seconds in length.
  • Your submission can include your own backing track or feature an accompanist. You may also submit work unaccompanied.
  • Provide certified academic transcripts of previous study (including HSC or VCE). Year 12 school leavers should provide this once received.
  • Provide a resume/portfolio that covers ALL musical experience.

For VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) Students; Satisfactory completion of the VCE and Units 3 and 4 English. Any of the four VCE English studies - English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English Language - satisfies the requirement for English; however, Units 3 and 4 must be completed in sequence and in the same calendar year.

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning): The completion of Senior VCAL will be recognised for entry in the Diploma of Music providing you meet all other entry requirements.

If required to attend an audition in addition to your submitted portfolio; you will be notified of this following the assessment of your portfolio. Drummers - please bring your own sticks, cymbals & hi hat clutch.  Guitarists should bring their own leads. Amps will be provided.

 Bachelor of Music specific admissions

For more information on the specific entry and admissions processes relevant to your program of interest and your student status, please follow the links below

Domestic Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria


International Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria