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MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music







Street Address:

Clayton campus: Wellington Road, Building 68, Performing Arts Centre, Room 101, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia

Postal Address:

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Musico, Building 68, Scenic . Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton campus, Victoria 3800, Australia


+61 3 9905 2120


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Music studies include composition, musicology, ethnomusicology. Performance is not included. Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz/pop, early music), composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, conducting, creative music technology. Bachelor of Education (Honours)/Bachelor of Music. Either primary or secondary specialisation. Four years. Music may be taken as a teaching subject. Music may be taken as a double degree in combination with Bachelors of Arts, Science or Laws.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In composition, performance. Master of Music. May include performance, music technology. Master of Education. In music education. Master of Cultural and Creative Industries. Doctor of Philosophy. In theatre and performance, music performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology.

Institution Notes:

Monash University was founded in 1965. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music forms the music division of the Faculty of Arts. It is housed at the Clayton campus in Melbourne, with music education programs offered at Clayton, Frankston and Gippsland campuses. Every two years the music department of the Faculty of Education has organized a 'European Perspectives on Music Education Tour' for music education students and other interested persons. The tour includes visits to and participation in programs at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét (Hungary), the Orff Institute in Salzburg (Austria) and the Dalcroze Institute in Geneva (Switzerland). The University’s Performing Arts Centre houses the School of Music recital hall, a drama theatre, music technology studios, an early music performance room, an Asian orchestra/world music room, practice and teaching studios. The School of Music fosters interdisciplinary study and has links with the Monash University's Asia Institute, a group of six research centres: the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, the Centre for Malaysian Studies, the Japanese Studies Centre, the National Centre for South Asian Studies, the China Research Centre and the Asia Pacific Health and Nutrition Centre. The Institute houses the Monash Music Archives and Collections: • South Asian Archive of Music and Dance; • Ethnomusicology Sound Archive, with recordings from Southeast Asia, India and Indigenous Australia, together with some jazz and popular music; • Japanese Music Archive of traditional, popular and contemporary music. The university library also holds: • Australian Archive of Jewish Music; • Australian Sheet Music Archive; • Australian Composer Archives, including Phyllis Batchelor, Mansell Kirby, Linda Phillips, Esther Rofe, Vera Bradford and John Tallis. There is an extensive collection of early European instruments, a Javanese gamelan, a gamelan digul, Sundanese bamboo calung and angklung ensembles, a Ghanaian African drum ensemble, a Chinese orchestra, a piphat/mahore orchestra from Thailand and a large collection of Indian and Japanese instruments. Foundation year programs are offered to students in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia to prepare students to enter the full degree programs. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music works in collaboration with the School of Music at the University of Leeds in the area of music research.

Country Notes:

MUSIC FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN Parallel with general schooling there is a large network of private studio teachers providing music training to young people and interested adults. Music is listed as a subject of the curriculum in primary schools, but the quality of its teaching varies with the desire, experience and music background of the classroom teacher. In many primary schools music must take its place within an all-embracing arts subject which may cover visual arts, dance, music drama and media arts. Secondary schools offer class music as a subject where there is a specialist teacher on the staff, music most frequently being taught at years seven and eight levels. In years nine to twelve, where it is taught at all, it is normally an elective subject and in some schools may be taken through to year 12. Many schools employ instrumental teachers who teach either individually or in small groups. In some States instrumental teachers are employed to provide a number of secondary schools with an instrumental music program at no cost (or at minimal cost. THE TRAINING OF PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS Professional music training is available from University music departments and music schools of the conservatory type, both government-supported and independent, and covers a wide range of specialisations: performance, studio teaching, classroom teaching, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, sound recording techniques, church music and music therapy. An increasing number of programs include studies of business and arts administration for the professional musician. Performance courses may result in the award of a degree, diploma or associate diploma and may be of two, three or four years’ duration. Graduate degrees and diplomas in music are offered in many institutions. The training of teachers of music for schools differs according to the level of teaching to be undertaken. Courses of training for teachers in early childhood and primary education normally include basic core music studies for all and frequently allow students the option of specialising in music as well. PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC. A system of public music examinations is offered throughout Australia by the Australian Music Examinations Board. The Board is not a teaching body, but organises syllabuses and regular examinations in piano, pipe organ, electronic organ, accordion, guitar, recorder, voice, contemporary music, band and orchestral instruments and speech and drama through a system of graded examinations. It also offers the diploma awards of Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA), Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA), Fellowship in Music, Australia (FMusA), Associate Teacher of Music, Australia (ATMusA) and Licentiate Teacher of Music, Australia (LTMusA). MUSIC AUSTRALIA. Formerly known as the Music Council of Australia, Music Australia is the national peak organisation for the music sector. The Council of 50 covers the full range of activities and interests in music and the music industry. It provides information, carries out research, mounts advocacy and manages projects. Its main website is ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC EDUCATORS (AMUSE). AMUSE is a professional teaching association supporting music teachers in the State of Victoria. It organizes workshops for school music teachers, and gives generous support to the project Music. Count Us In and its Singing Classroom initiative, with the objective of raising the status of music in schools through training students for a simultaneous national choral performance; this has involved up to 500,000 children and achieved some 50 million media exposures. Website: AUSTRALIAN MUSIC CENTRE. The Australian Music Centre was established in 1974 to facilitate and encourage the creation, performance and understanding of music by Australian composers and sound artists. It holds copies of works by Australian composers available for hire. Level 4, The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, PO Box N690, Grosvenor Place, New South Wales 1220, Australia. Tel +61 2 9247 4677 Fax +61 2 9241 2873 Website: AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (ASME). This is an affiliated body with the International Society for Music Education, with similar aims to the latter body. There are Chapters in each State and Territory.

Last Updated:

March 2019