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MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance







Street Address:

Clayton campus: Wellington Road, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard Monash University, 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. Three years. The music major may include studies in Western art music, world music, popular music. Performance is not included. A fourth year leads to the degree with honours. Bachelor of Music. Three years. Specialisation in performance (classical, jazz/pop, early music), composition, music history, world music, creative music technology, musical theatre. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music. Four years for the double degree. Bachelor of Education (Honours)/Bachelor of Music. Primary and/or secondary specialisation. Four years.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In composition, performance. 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. 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. 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). 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.

Last Updated:

June 2021