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 2021 Prospectus 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 …

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of two musical items. This may include any of the following forms of evidence:

  • A live performance (to be performed during the interview)
  • A recorded visual or audio performance
  • A recorded original composition
  • A PDF score of an original composition or arrangement
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • An audio mix of a musical work


Applicants may choose to provide a combination of evidence e.g. a live performance of an existing work and a recording of an original track.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.


 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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of contemporary performance theory and practice with depth in their chosen instrumental major and an applied understanding of theoretical principles in contemporary music. 
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise contemporary performance theory and practice in their chosen instrumental major.
  3. Demonstrate technical proficiency in their chosen instrumental major. 
  4. Apply critical thinking and creativity and informed judgement to a range of contemporary performance scenarios. 
  5. Communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately as a contemporary performer in a diverse range of contexts, circumstances and media. 
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in contemporary performance theory and practice.
  7. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in contemporary performance theory and practice. 
  8. Adapt contemporary performance knowledge and skills to a diverse range of professional contexts. 
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the application of contemporary performance knowledge and skills for professional practice, through ongoing professional development and when working in collaborations with others.