Find out about the level of musical theory or ability required to study with us.
Depending on your choice of courses and degree, you may be expected to have a certain level of musical theory or ability before starting your course of study.
If performance will be part of your studies, you will also need to pass an audition as part of the application process.
University entry requirements apply to all our courses.
Music theory requirements
Three of the Bachelor of Music (BMus) majors—Classical Performance, Jazz, and Composition (including Sonic Arts) —require you to have some prior knowledge of musical theory.
Classical Performance major
Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship, the music theory course that you need to take in the first year of this major.
Jazz Performance major
Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 164 Jazz Theory 1, the music theory course that you need to take in the first year of this major.
Composition (instrumental/vocal) major
Read about the entry requirements for MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship, CMPO 101 Introduction to Composition, Sonic Arts and Film Scoring, and CMPO 130 Instrumentation, courses that you need to take in the first year of this major.
Composition (sonic arts) major
Read about the entry requirements for CMPO 101 Introduction to Composition, Sonic Arts and Film Scoring, a course you will need to take as part of your degree if you are doing a sonic arts major.
Entry into postgraduate courses differ by programme—read about the postgraduate qualifications we offer and their requirements.
Courses that require an audition
You need to audition if you will be majoring in Classical Performance or Jazz as part of a BMus.
You need to audition to apply to study towards a Master of Music Therapy or to take Classical Performance or Jazz Performance as part of any of the following programmes:
Composition postgraduate applicants must submit a portfolio of compositions.
If you are applying as an International student, contact Victoria International before auditioning.
Courses that don’t require knowledge of music theory
There are a range of Music Studies courses that can be taken by interested students without musical theory or ability. Check out course finder for details on our courses.