Career Preparation in Music 1

Subject MUSI30220 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours (7.5 days) of work placement, weekly 1 hour seminar, three 30 minute individual consultations with the subject coordinator
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Year 2 BMus. Special Permission (application form via link below). A quota may apply.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Nicole Scott: Student Enrichment Coordinator
T: 9035 9357

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

Students will gain professional experience through a supervised work-placement program with an approved music organisation.


This course is designed to enable students to:

  • articulate personal objectives and the requisite competencies for establishing a career in a music profession
  • develop evidence of an ability to become an integral member of a professional work environment, applying knowledge and skills acquired during academic studies to the requirements of the workplace
  • identify and appraise key internal and external factors relevant to an organisation that influence the accomplishment of its mission and principal goals
  • critically evaluate their work placement experience and related development of skills and knowledge
  • compile an e-portfolio record of demonstrable work skills, knowledge and experience

Career planning document of 1000 words, due at the end of week 4 (20%); organisational analysis of 1000 words, due at the end of week 8 (30%); work placement diary/e-portfolio of 1500 words, due at the end of semester (20%); supervisor's evaluation (30%). All assessment components mus be completed in order to pass the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students are expected to develop:

  • self-management ability, initiative, communication and problem-solving skills
  • capacity to apply existing skills and knowledge to unfamiliar environments and tasks
  • an understanding of the process through which experiential learning occurs
  • analytical ability in evaluating stated objectives against outcomes
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Music Studies Electives

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