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Unique to the Queensland Conservatorium, the Bachelor of Popular Music will help you transform your musical passion into a successful and sustainable career. Based on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, our degree will help you foster the creativity and business skills required to succeed in the popular music industry.
Endorsed by international industry heavyweights, the Bachelor of Popular Music is designed to equip students with a diverse and practical skill set.
As of 2018, you can choose from three contemporary, streamlined majors:
- Music, Sound and Vision
- Music Industry
No matter which major you choose, you will graduate as a ‘portfolio’ musician - combining diverse employment opportunities in performing, songwriting, recording, event coordination, business management and more.
Kite String Tangle
‘I absolutely endorse Griffith University’s Bachelor of Popular Music and its expansion to include a performance major focused on writing and recording original music. Becoming a working musician in the modern music climate is greatly helped by a broad understanding of many applicable skill sets, such as songwriting, production and marketing.’
ARIA nominated singer/producer and record label owner, Danny Harley is known as The Kite String Tangle. Danny is a graduate of the Bachelor of Popular Music.
“The Bachelor of Popular Music Course teaches and promotes an all-encompassing skill set. It provides a range of skills that teach group collaboration and open-mindedness, with studio and performance insights from both sides of the mixing desk, and education in legal matters. It delivers a wealth of invaluable information that has been vital in my career, both as a studio session player and as a live touring performer. The course has my full support.”
Ian Peres is the bassist and keyboard player for Wolfmother. Ian is a graduate of the Bachelor of Popular Music.
“I can unreservedly recommend this course to anyone considering a national or international popular music career. It gave me the critical foundations of knowledge and expertise to develop my international career in the rock music industry. Whether it was walking into writing and recording sessions with some of the world's biggest names in contemporary rock music (Brian Howes, Kenny Aranoff, Robin Diaz, Tommy Denander, Atreyu, Black Veil Brides); or managing and performing during my band’s tours of Europe, Australian and US - this degree equipped me with the skills and confidence to perform in any situation. The new majors being introduced to the course will further strengthen the development opportunities for future students.”
Based in Los Angeles, Leah Martin Brown is a songwriter and lead singer for the band Evol Walks. Leah is a graduate of the Bachelor of Popular Music.
As a Queensland Conservatorium student, you will have 24/7 access to six industry standard music studios equipped with the latest recording facilities, editing suites and audiovisual post-production technology. You will be able to collaborate with students from the Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School, in their state-of- the-art digital video studios.
Griffith University’s vibrant Southport campus is minutes from the Gold Coast creative and cultural hub – not to mention stunning beaches, mountains and rainforests. The campus boasts state of-the- art facilities, including the $10 million multimedia digital precinct, and the new health and knowledge precinct.
With more than 18,000 students, the Gold Coast campus offers a dynamic and exciting student lifestyle with extensive sporting facilities, handy on-campus services and a range of cafes, restaurants and a bar.
Queensland Conservatorium: Popular Music
Multimedia Building (G23)
Parklands Drive QLD 4222
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus