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UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH Conservatorium of Music; The Callaway Centre







Street Address:

School of Music: 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia 6009

Postal Address:

Callaway Centre: Park Avenue Site, Park Avenue Building, The Archive, Crawley, Western Australia 6009

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies. Three years. Specialisation in performance, composition, music history, world music, popular music, music education. A specialisation in Electronic Music and Sound Design is offered. Bachelor of Music. Three years. Studies include performance, composition, music history, aural studies, theory. Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Four years. Music may be taken as a specialisation.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In performance, orchestral performance, composition, research. Master of Music International Pedagogy. Master of Teaching (Secondary). For teaching secondary classes or individuals. Master of Philosophy. Doctor of Musical Arts. Doctor of Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

The University of Western Australia was established in 1911. The Conservatorium of Music has strong connections with the West Australian Opera and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The Wigmore Library of the School of Music has a significant and growing collection of music by Australian composers. There is a collection of eighteenth century secular French cantatas on micro-film as well as many German opera scores of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Conservatorium's instrument collection includes a Balinese gamelan, harpsichords, a chamber organ and a collection of African instruments. A number of historical orchestral instruments and early keyboard instruments are housed in the Eileen Joyce Studio of the School of Music, including Eileen Joyce’s own clavichord and memorabilia. Community outreach programs include the Junior Music School for infants and primary school students, and the Summer Music Academy for secondary and tertiary students ages 15 to 25. The Callaway Centre is affiliated with the University of Western Australia. It is not a teaching body, and was formerly known as the Callaway International Resource Centre for Music Education (CIRCME). It operates in association with the University’s Reid Library and Wigmore Music Library. The Centre holds a vast repository of letters, papers and materials on music and music education presented to the University by Sir Frank Callaway on his retirement. These include materials on the International Society for Music Education of which Sir Frank was a founding member and later Honorary President, the International Music Council of UNESCO of which he was President, and the Indian Ocean Festival which he organised. Other significant collections in the Callaway Centre Archive include: • the John Blacking Papers. A collection of ethnomusicology papers and documents, including much research data on African music. • the Peter Burgis Performing Arts Archive (known as the Handa Collection). A vast collection of over 150,000 documents and recordings of Australian musicians over the past 100 years, particularly in the areas of classical and popular music and music theatre; recordings of Australian compositions and performances. • the Eileen Joyce Collection of correspondence, diaries, concert programs and memorabilia. • the Irene Kohler Collection. • the Percy Grainger Collection of scores, books, articles, concert programs and memorabilia. • the Hugh McMahon Collection of band music scores, compositions and arrangements.

Last Updated:

June 2021