Charles Darwin University has close music partnerships with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the Darwin Chorale. Both community groups rehearse in the Music Building and Theatre weekly. The Centre for Youth & Community Music was established in 1990 to provide instrumental tuition to students after school. In 2010 it was renamed the Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM) to reflect its broader role in providing adult music education as well as music education for youth of the city. Since its inception, it has grown to include programs for the very young, non-award courses for adults and two community choirs.

The School of Creative Arts and Humanities organises concerts, music workshops and other musical events. The “Stage Door Club” series has proved very popular. Music students have the opportunity to perform and help to manage these events.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with skills in developing their intellectual flexibility, critical thinking, and communicative competence. For students studying Music as a second specialist, career options are possible in the following fields:

  • Music critic/reviewer/writer/journalist
  • Music researcher
  • Audio production
  • Stage manager
  • Band/music school director
  • Film, TV, video game scoring
  • Media development
  • Community music performance
  • Studio teacher/tutor/lecturer
  • Music application developer
  • Performer/entertainer
  • Recording/studio producer
  • Sound engineer/technician
  • Talent representation/agent/scout
  • Arts management/administration

Study options

The Bachelor of Arts program at Charles Darwin University provides students with the option of studying music as a second specialist area. The common first year provides an excellent foundation for study in the core specialist areas of History, Political Science or Literary Studies.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Music) is only open to students already enrolled in the degree prior to 2015.

For students who are considering a career as a contemporary musician or recording technician, three Vocational and Education Training (VET) courses are available. These provide extensive training in music technology, industry related performance skills, and working with industry standard equipment.

Current units

MUS110     Introductory Language of Music
MUS130     Intermediate Language of Music
MUS150     Introductory Instrumental and Vocal Studies
MUS260     Intermediate Instrumental and Vocal Studies
MUS330     Advanced Instrumental and Vocal Studies
MUS285     History and the Performing Musician

More information

For general information about applying or registering at CDU, enrolling in units and the different study options, please visit the Study at CDU page. For more specific information about studying music at CDU, please contact:

Hui Chen
Lecturer in Piano
Phone: 08 8946 6398


Cal Williams (VET)
VET Lecturer in Contemporary Music
Phone: 08 8946 6911

Paolo Fabris
Lecturer in Vocal Studies
Phone: 08 8946 7186