Higher Education

Our Bachelor of Performance Degree is the only one of its kind to be fully accredited for online delivery. 

As a DGR Registered Australian charity, we are proud to offer a highly subsidised program, while delivering a World-Class Australian Accredited and Internationally Recognised Degree.  

Key Dates

Course Start Dates:

  • 9 November 2020

  • January 2021

  • March 2021

Course Documentation

Australia Only Student Handbook 2020 - Semester 1

July & September 2020 Handbook International


Apply for RPL (Initial)

Apply to Audition

Important Documents

FEE-HELP Study Assist 2020

Course Information

AGME offers a tailored Bachelor of Music Degree on all western instruments, voice and traditional instruments.


Students can major in Performance, Composition or Music Technology and have the option of completing a Licentiate in Teaching, Performance or Composition concurrent to their bachelor degree.  This multifaceted approach broadens employment possibilities or further studies and helps to prepare you for the diverse opportunities available to professional musicians.

Our many electives provide students with the opportunity to craft an individual learning journey.  This focuses on the strengths and interests of the individual in preparation for the diverse and often modularised  career of a musician.  Pathways can be as diverse as Teaching, Film Composition, or North Indian Classical Music.

We will help you choose and create a program that not only covers all the expected basics and Core Subjects of a Bachelor of Music degree, but gives you the edge to explore your own interests and creativity.

At AGME, make every effort for our learners to realise their dream of a top quality education and qualification wherever they may be in the world and on their personal and life journey.

Flexible Study Options

Our degrees were conceived as a way to provide inclusive education for those that couldn't typically attend an Australian Conservatory or University.  They provide an opportunity of study that is too often outside of the reach of many, being exclusive or elitist in nature rather than inclusive and a celebration of learning for all.  As such, our degrees allow for flexible study styles, assignments, examinations and delivery, completely via distance learning, on campus or a combination of the two - without compromising the quality of the educational experience.

To deliver our courses remotely, we use LIVE-Online​. It's a blend of high quality pre-recorded lectures and online content, mixed with real time contact with lecturers, tutors and forum discussion with other students. LIVE-Online allows students to connect with teachers and each other wherever they are, optimised to your time zone and also to have one-on-one lessons instrumental in person if this suits your learning style best.

Our innovative delivery methods and stimulating curriculum are constantly updated through continual improvement strategies. We are Internationally accredited and have a global footprint for our international students with a curated degree program utilising leading courses and educators from around the world.

The AGME offices are located in Toorak in Melbourne Australia.  Students and visiting artists in residence are always welcome to visit or make times to use our recording studios and practise rooms.

Included Studies

With music performance as the 'creative lifeblood' of our degree, you will receive:


  • An intensive one-on-one, weekly principal instrument study lesson.

  • The opportunity to participate in masterclasses from national and international visiting artists​

  • A weekly Performance Seminar covering all aspects of performance and practice methods

  • A weekly Performance Forum to refine your performing skills, develop your stagecraft and musical voice alongside your peers.


As well as your chosen instrument or specialisation, you will study:​


  • Musicianship, Theory and Aural Studies

  • Music Technology

  • Composition

  • Business Management

  • Collaborative Music Studies

  • Music as Culture


All subjects include an array of Core material combined with your choice of electives to expand your horizons and focus on your individual areas of interest.


AGME electives are drawn from a wide range of materials and courses developed by leading institutions around the world. Partnering in this way gives AGME students access to the best of the best at a fraction of the cost.  Some electives are eligible for direct credit at other institutions such as SAIC: School of the Art Institute Chicago and the Columbus College of Art and Design


If there is a topic of particular interest to you that we don’t yet cater to - let us know, and we’ll see how we can make it happen.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many music students don’t complete studies that they started or once they’ve completed a Fellowship or Licentiate, realise that the qualification they should have studied was the Bachelor of Music but it’s too costly and time-consuming to do so. 


At AGME, we want to give you every opportunity to achieve the qualification that you really want.


If you have previously studied music, Vocational, TAFE, Diploma or International; or if you didn’t finish your Bachelor of Music, AGME will assess your previous studies so that you enter into the degree program and only do the work that you need to finish without paying for subjects that you’ve already completed.


This is called RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning.  Up to 50% of your degree can be completed on the basis of your past academic and professional work. 


Assessments are made on a case by case basis with strict but fair criteria. 


Please enquire about RPL if you think this may apply to you.


Instrumental Auditions take place throughout the year.  Ideally, you should audition and apply as far in advance as possible to your start date, but late applications may be considered in special circumstances.


Auditions take the form of an audio-visual recording (this can be done on your smartphone or computer) and uploaded directly to our platform.   



  • Your audition must be recorded in one take only.  

  • No cropping or other editing of submissions is permitted. 

  • If you are wanting to go directly into the second year of study, an RPL Form (Recognition of Prior Learning - Form) must be submitted prior to submitting your Audition Recording.


For entry into:

  • 1st year: 2 or 3 contrasting works or excerpts of 6 -9 mins TOTAL

  • 2nd year: 2 or 3 contrasting works or excerpts of  9-12 mins TOTAL

  • 3rd year: 3 or 4 contrasting works or excerpts of 12-15 mins

Audition videos are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators. ​

If you haven’t completed formal school or graded theory exams in music, you will be required to complete a musical knowledge assessment.

Please request a copy of our Enrolment form by Registering Your Interest to understand more about academic entry requirements. 


Please request a copy of our RPL Form by Registering Your Interest if you wish to have your previous music studies assessed toward your degree.

International Students

We accept students from all countries and backgrounds. As long as you meet the required Audition and Academic standards -  and have an IELTS score of band 6.0 (5.5 will be considered with additional assessment) - we can enrol you as in the Degree Program.

Your instrumental tuition can be delivered in person in your home country, or with one of our LIVE-Online expert performance tutors.  All tutors must be approved by AGME and hold a recognised masters degree in performance or equivalent experience. 

Performances and recital exams are pre-recorded or presented LIVE-Online to a panel of adjudicators. For Performance Major students, we provide the opportunity to perform and record your work in front of a live audience for adjudication.


Once you have completed your Degree, you can choose to Graduate via Distance or attend the Annual Graduation Ceremony in Australia where you will receive your Degree in full academic dress along with fellow graduates and Academic Staff. 


Australian Guild of Music Education

451 Glenferrie Rd

Kooyong VIC 3144


tel: +61 3 9822 3111​

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