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The future, at AICM, looks set for an

invigorating time as we enter a period


of growth and development that will
locate us as one of Australias leading
music entities.

Prof Kyunghee Lee


President/Executive Director
AICM

To achieve this vision, AICM will continue


to focus on raising the standard of our
resources and facilities; developing the
all important industry relationships and
endorsements; providing diversity in
program offerings; exploring the notion
of being a leading eConservatorium; and
maintaining high quality teaching and
learning across all strands of our work.
A key priority across the board will be
attracting high-end personnel who are
able to share the vision of and enthusiasm
for the future.
If you are an aspiring student or musician,
I invite you to join us at AICM and
achieve your professional objectives in a
supportive and dedicated environment.

To succeed in a field as competitive


as the entertainment industry you
have to be highly trained, motivated
and versatile. Through its outstanding
courses, staff and facilities, AICM can
prepare you for a career that includes
multiple income streams, including:
soloist, ensemble musician, chamber
musician, recording artist, studio
musician, accompanist, composer,
song writer, producer, educator, media
commentator, radio and television
presenter, marketer and researcher.

Ian Brookss
Campus Dean
AICM

Students enrolled in AICMs industry


focussed Bachelor and Diploma
programmes are able to explore and
improve their natural ability, develop
lifelong skills, work closely with staff
and benefit from regular performance
opportunities on and off campus.
If you have the passion and the dream to
be involved in this vibrant and exciting
global industry, then join AICM and let us
help turn the dream into reality.

The Australian International


Conservatorium of Music (AICM) is a notfor-profit, independent conservatorium
offering world-class tertiary education.
Established over 19 years ago, AICMs
strongest commitment today is to develop
musicians, performing artists, composers,
producers, teachers and industry
professionals of the highest standard.
AICM currently boasts some of the
highest calibre teaching staff in an
atmosphere where students are carefully
nurtured and guided through their studies.
Students come to AICM from all over
Australia and the world, with the current
population comprising 85% local and 15%
international students. A wide diversity
in musical fields and genres are also
encouraged at AICM, including classical,
jazz, contemporary, electronic music,
composition, production and more.

Also recognising the importance of


interaction between the quality of music
produced and the environment, AICM
has established itself in the cultural
heart of Rozelle a vibrant area full of
cafes and eateries, boutique shops and
entertainment venues located close to the
Sydney CBD.
The AICM campus is spread across two
beautifully restored heritage buildings,
and features a breathtaking auditorium,
lecture rooms, teaching spaces, ensemble
rooms, studios, breakout room, library
and conference area. Students also
benefit from access to industry leading
facilities such as a variety of instruments,
acoustic and digital musical equipment,
recording facilities, computers, online
learning resources and wireless internet
whilst on campus.

Join AICM with a focus that best suits


you and your musical aspirations. We
have carefully put together a number of
focus areas within our Diploma/Degree
program that provide you with a range
of options depending on your chosen
interest and focus.
Focus areas are run by leading industry
seasoned staff members who are able to
share a wealth of knowledge and practical
know how in your chosen field.
Flexibility in AICMs course structure
enables students to select elements from
more than one focus area if desired. This
will allow you to shape your course to suit
your requirements.
On completion of the first four semesters
students can exit with a Diploma of
Music (Performance) and on completion
of 6 semesters students may exit with a
Bachelor of Music (Performance). Your
academic transcript will reflect the focus
chosen for all of the world to see!

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
AICM tertiary courses merge performance
and practical training with academic
rigour, and provide students with an
innovative, reputable and complete
education in music. Students will be
exposed to a diverse range of industryrelated topics, allowing them to maximize
opportunities upon course completion. A
strong emphasis is placed on solo, group
and ensemble performance studies, along
with weekly one-to-one training between
student and teacher.
Students will also underpin their skills by
undertaking harmony and musicianship,
aural, and music history subjects as well
as customised focus areas.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC
(Performance)

STRUCTURE

SEMESTERS
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6

6 Semesters

Principal Study

Full-Time or Part-Time

Performance Class

Fee-Help Approved

Ensemble Class

CRICOS Code: 057024K

Research & Critical Method

Harmony

DIPLOMA OF MUSIC
(Performance)

Musicianship

Music Criticism

4 Semesters

Music History

Full-Time or Part-Time

Elective 1

Fee-Help Approved

Elective 2

CRICOS Code: 057023M

Academic Writing

Choir

Total Credit Points

20

20

20

20

20

20

* Electives may be chosen from more than


one Focus area.
* AICM courses are fully accredited by the
Australian Higher Education authority,
Department of Employment, Education
and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and
Commonwealth Register of Institutions and
Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Playing jazz and jazz fusion requires a


high level of ensemble playing through
the development of listening and reading
skills, communication, feel, and detailed
preparation for live performances in a
variety of venues and settings. Students
will establish a repertoire that includes
standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s
while incorporating contemporary jazz
fusion trends. Join AICM and let some of
Australias best musicians take you on
a journey of exciting and innovative
music making.

Electives
Jazz/Classical Fusion
Students will create arrangements
and compositions that demonstrates
their understanding of the key stylistic
developments of jazz and how classical
or art music has incorporated those
elements of jazz.
Jazz Improvisation
From a strong jazz theory foundation,
students will be able to transcribe
melodies, chords, chord progressions
and solos as well as solo using modes,
arpeggios, extensions, guide tones and
altered scales.
Conducting
Students gain the historical, theoretical,
analytical knowledge and practical
elements of conducting techniques, with
a strong focus on actual conducting
assessments with various size ensembles.
Improvisation & Ensemble Handling
Students will cover the areas that are
essential for an effective ensemble
and improvisation, including: what
makes a great ensemble, concepts and
techniques, performance and research.

Classical music students have an


extraordinary opportunity to experience
and perform some of the finest repertoire
from a number of different periods. AICM
staff will structure your program of study
through the selection of appropriate
repertoire and technical material that
will provide the foundation for ongoing
instrumental and musical growth. You
will also have the chance to take
advantage of a range of performance
opportunities as a soloist and in a variety
of ensemble combinations.

Electives
Arranging & Orchestrating
This will provide students with the
knowledge of range, techniques and
playing capabilities from orchestral
sections, jazz ensemble and choir, as
well as the elements and processes
of arranging.
Conducting
Students gain the historical, theoretical,
analytical knowledge and practical
elements of conducting techniques, with
a strong focus on actual conducting
assessments with various size ensembles.
World Music
This gives students a comprehensive
understanding of Indigenous and fusional
music styles including: Taiko, Shakuhachi
and religions of Japan, China Ghuzen and
notation, Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra,
Turkish Darabuka, and Flamenco.
Piano Pedagogy
Students will be given an understanding
of various aspects of the piano
teaching profession including: personal
relationships, equipment needs, business
practices and studio management.
They will also receive an overview of
current teaching methods, learning
theories and styles.

Electives
Contemporary Improvisation
From a strong theory foundation,
students will have the skills to improvise
over various contemporary styles that use
diatonic and non-diatonic progressions.
Understand extended and altered
chords and have the ability to apply them
in context.
Here is your chance to cover it all; Rock,
R & B, Funk, Pop and the Blues. To lead
to the ultimate goal of performing all
the styles in a variety of live venues and
studios, you will need a range of musical
and technical skills, including: reading,
arranging, understanding form, dynamics,
articulation, counting in, and coaching on
performance techniques and ensemble
playing. Through expert guidance,
training and a wide range of performance
opportunities AICM will help you develop
into an accomplished musician and artist.

Conducting
Students gain the historical, theoretical,
analytical knowledge and practical
elements of conducting techniques, with
a strong focus on actual conducting
assessments with various size ensembles.

Are you the one who will create the next


musical wave? The AICM composition
department will introduce you to a
range of composition and songwriting
styles, production techniques and music
fundamentals that will let you convert
idea into sound. Arrange, orchestrate
and create music across a variety of
genres. Collaborate with fellow producers,
composers and performers and revel in
the experience.

Electives
Arranging & Orchestrating
This will provide students with the
knowledge of range, techniques and
playing capabilities from orchestral
sections, jazz ensemble and choir, as
well as the elements and processes
of arranging.
Conducting
Students gain the historical, theoretical,
analytical knowledge and practical
elements of conducting techniques, with
a strong focus on actual conducting
assessments with various size ensembles.

Pop Harmony
This will enable students to analyse,
understand, compose and transcribe key
elements of Popular Music
since 1960, including rhythm,
instrumentation and playing techniques.

Jazz/Classical Fusion
Students will create arrangements
and compositions that demonstrates
their understanding of the key stylistic
developments of jazz and how classical
or art music has incorporated those
elements of jazz.

Improvisation & Ensemble Handling


Students will cover the areas that are
essential for an effective ensemble
and improvisation, including: what
makes a great ensemble, concepts and
techniques, performance and research.

Music & Moving Image


Students will develop the ability to classify
musical genres within the movie and
gaming industry, as well as understanding
the logistical challenge of setting music to
moving image.

Musical Theatre embraces the three


disciplines of voice, drama and dance.
It is a dynamic, entertaining and very
demanding field of the performing arts.
AICM will provide you with the opportunity
to build on your knowledge and skills
to adapt to the various requirements
of genre and style in a diverse range of
music theatre professional practice and
related areas of music performance. If
you see yourself in a musical theatre
production, on television, in a movie, or
working with a band then musical theatre
is for you.

Electives
Acting
Based on a program of preparation and
warm-up techniques, individual focus
and integration in an ensemble dynamic,
students will experience the power of
expression and communication through
movement and voice.
Dance & Movement
Through a foundation of dance and
movement techniques, students will
have a greater awareness and degree of
flexibility, expression, confidence, stage
presence and physical aesthetics.
Music Theatre
By incorporating singing, acting,
dancing and movement skills, students
learn to work collaboratively with a
group of performers presenting spoken
and sung text in a music theatre
scene at a performance level, while
preserving a non-judgemental attitude
in the workplace.

A highly specialized area, production


allows AICM students to explore the
areas of music production, composition,
recording, mixing, songwriting and
electronic music. Utilising your technical,
musical and creative skills, you will record
ensembles and bands, produce finished
tracks, develop portfolios and work
with online distribution channels. The
Production stream will also enable you to
work with software to create electronic
music compositions. You will be working
in both the studio and live environment, to
give you the best experience and skills in
music recording and production.

Electives
Recording
By understanding the recording process
in both the studio and live environment,
students will have the confidence to work
and share their ideas with producers and
engineers to determine the final product
of their recording sessions.
Production
By developing a balance of technical,
musical and creative skills students
are prepared to produce music for
a wide number of performance and
media applications. The opportunity to
collaborate with performance students
on campus allows producers to gain a
greater understanding of music depth
and nuances.
Music Industry
To work within in the music industry,
students will analyse current trends,
understand copyright, royalties and digital
rights management, appreciate writing
and performing original music, learn
how major recording labels operate, and
incorporate social media for marketing
and promotions.

What happens in an audition?


The audition process has been
established to review your academic/
performance level and to provide advice
on your educational pathway.
Along with a short interview you will be
required to perform (performance major)
or present (composition/production
major) 2-3 pieces of contrasting style.
If youre familiar with multiple genres or
instruments it is recommended that you
demonstrate these skills in your audition.
If you specialise in only one genre ensure
that your pieces exemplify your range as
much as possible.
How should i prepare?
Choose your audition pieces carefully and
know them well. Choose songs that you
feel most confident with and that show
off your full range of skills.

Feel free to utilise backing tracks and


accompaniment. Most importantly, relax
and enjoy the process!
When do i need to apply by?
There are 2 intake periods for entry into
AICM: February and July. As places
are limited, application forms must
be submitted well in advance to avoid
missing out.
Am i eligible fee-help?
FEE-HELP is available to Australian
citizens and Permanent humanitarian visa
holders. For further details on Fee-Help
please visit: www.goingtouni.gov.au
How do international students pay for fees?
International students must pay the first
semester in full before enrolment can be
processed. A Certificate of Enrolment
(CoE) will be issued as part of the
enrolment process.

Does AICM provide accommodation?


No. However, AICM currently has a
homestay agreement in place to provide
interstate/international students with
the option to stay with a host family of
your choice.
How do I get to AICM?
By train:
Get off at Town Hall train station. Then its
a short 5-10min bus trip to AICM.
By bus:
Bus services operate directly to AICM
from most areas of Sydney.
Please check sydneybuses.info for more
information on bus routes and times.
For further information on AICM please
logon to: www.aicm.edu.au

CAREER PATHWAYS
Want to get serious? Follow the below
steps to secure your place at AICM.
Step 1 Apply Now!: Submit an online
application form on our website www.
aicm.edu.au. The AICM admissions
team will then contact you to arrange an
audition booking/interview.
Step 2 What to Prepare: Your audition
performance should contain 2-3 pieces of
contrasting styles that also represent your
best attribute. Production/Composition
students should prepare 2-3 compositions
or mixes for assessment.
Step 3 Acceptance: If your audition is
successful an offer letter will be sent to
you with details on how to proceed. If
you are unsuccessful, a second audition/
interview may need to be arranged to
determine your best educational pathway.
Step 4 Register: Choose your units and
focus areas with our staff, then come
along to Orientation Day!

As a graduate of AICM you will be able


to demonstrate an advanced performing
technique, a professional attitude, and
a fluent confident manner for effective
leadership. You will be able to value
the skills needed for establishing and
maintaining a network of contacts, and
to diversify your professional skills to
maximize opportunities in your
chosen career.
Our graduates are typically employed
in a variety of industries including:

Performance
Professional orchestras and bands,
recording artists, session musicians,
musical directors, stage producers;
stage managers, conductors, opera,
composition/arranging and ballet.
Advertising
Specialist performers, musical
directors, production, jingle writers,
sourcing, sampling.
Radio, Film/Television & Digital Media
Music video specialists, composers/
arrangers of film and radio scores,
soundtrack producers, music for games,
music directors, music promoters, editors,
copyright and contract, voice over,
sourcing personnel

Music Teaching
Schools (independent and private), TAFE,
universities / higher education, music
studios, private music tuition.
Events
Management, composers, programmers,
promoters and distributors, speech and
presentation, marketing.
Music Media
Music journalists, music critics,
composition and arranging, researchers,
producers, scriptwriters, on-air
presenters, commentators.
Church Music
Praise and worship leaders, conductors,
church choirs and orchestras.

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