Music offers specialisations in piano, voice and guitar and aims to produce skilled and musically adept graduates equipped to enter professional life in the areas of professional musicianship, stage and community performance, music research, teaching and other educational roles.

Charles Darwin University has close partnerships and participation with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Chorale and the Centre for Youth and Community Music. Music students may have opportunities to engage with these groups to gain performance and teaching experiences. In addition, the School organises concerts, music workshops and other musical events including the “Stage Door Club”. Music students are encouraged to perform in these events and help with the stage management.

Career opportunities

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

    • Music studio teacher/tutor/lecturer
    • Performer/Entertainer
    • Community music performance
    • Music researcher
    • Stage manager
  • Arts management/administration
  • Music critic/reviewer/writer/journalist
  • Band/school music director
  • Audio production*
  • Recording technician*

Study options

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

MUS114 Theory 1
MUS115 Theory 2
MUS214 Theory 3
MUS215 Theory 4
MUS192 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 1
MUS193 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 2
MUS292 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 3
MUS293 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 4
MUS390 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 5
MUS394 Applied Music Practice (Piano, Guitar or Voice) 6}
MUS334 Ensemble/Choral
MU211 Second Instrument or Voice
MUS384 History of Music 1
MUS385 History of Music 2

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

Paolo Fabris
Lecturer in Vocal Studies
Phone: 08 8946 7186

Francis Diatschenko
Lecturer in Guitar
Phone: 08 8946 5450

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