Music Performance, Major (0023)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0023

Previous Code: M1115.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University programs?  No

Please note: this major is not available to students enrolled in programs 1659 Bachelor of Music, 1738 Bachelor of Music (Dean's Scholars) and 1841 Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative Industries.

The Music Performance major provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional and creative potential in making and appreciating a range of different kinds of music. Students will gain practical experience in performance as a soloist and in groups, and through improvising and collaborating.


Campus Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Internal

Special Requirement

Students undertaking this major will be selected by one of three methods:

  1. Attain an HSC Music result in band 4 or above. No audition is required.
  2. Hold the following AMEB or equivalent (e.g. Trinity College) qualification:

a. PASS standard (minimum) of 6th Grade Performance (instrument or voice) and
b. PASS standard (minimum) of 4th Grade musicianship and/or theory.

No audition is required.

3. Attend an audition in person as a performer and/or composer. Applicants applying as a composer will need to bring recordings and/or scores of original compositions to the audition. After applying to UAC or Directly to Western applicants are required to book an audition online.

Online audition booking system

If not auditioning, applicants will need to upload their supporting documentation (e.g. AMEB certificates demonstrating level of achievement in performance and musicianship and/or music theory).

Major Sequence

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows

Please note: Students will complete one of these two subjects only - PERF 1015 Music Theory Fundamentals, offered in Autumn or PERF 1024 Music Theory and Songwriting, offered in Spring.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
PERF 1010 Music Performance 1 10
Select one of the following, noting that Music Theory Fundamentals is offered in Autumn, and Music Theory and Songwriting is offered in Spring 10
Music Theory Fundamentals  
Music Theory and Songwriting  
PERF 1012 Music Performance 2 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PERF 2016 Music Group Performance 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
PERF 2023 The Composer-Performer 10
 Credit Points10
Year 3
Autumn session
PERF 3028 Expanded Performance 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
PERF 3029 Music Project 3: Intercultural Interactions 10
PERF 3030 Performing as a Professional Musician 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Major Subjects

The Specialisation units listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

PERF 3026 - Applied Professional Music Contexts
PERF 1001 - Basic Composition, Craft and Theory
PERF 2003 - Collaboration and Live Music Performance
PERF 1002 - Composition, Craft and Theory
PERF 3007 - Expanded Music Performance
PERF 1007 - Free and Notated Music Performance
PERF 3027 - Interactive Electronic Media and Performance
PERF 1008 - Introduction to Music Performance
PERF 3011 - Music Performance: Repertoire and Identity
PERF 3019 - Professional Music Project
PERF 3021 - Repertoire and Identity in Performance
PERF 1017 - Songwriting and Music Theory
PERF 3025 - Sound and Performance: Expanded Practice