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Street Address:

Parkville campus: Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia

Postal Address:

Southbank campus: 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, Victoria 3006, Australia


+61 3 8344 5346


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music. Three years. Specialisations include performance, jazz and improvisation, musicology, ethnomusicology, interactive composition. Also available at honours level. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Three years. Also available at honours level.


Graduate programs


Master of Music: • in Music Performance. By research. • in Music Therapy. By coursework or research. • in Music Psychology & Performance Science. By research. • in Composition. By research. • in Interactive Composition. By research. • in Jazz & Improvisation. By research. • in Performance Teaching. By coursework. • in Opera Performance. By coursework. • in Musicology/Ethnomusicology. By research. • in Orchestral Performance. By coursework. Master of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Music.


Diploma programs


Graduate Diploma in Music. Specialisation in practical music, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, guided imagery and music. Diploma in Music. For students in faculties other than music.

Institution Notes:

The Conservatorium of Music, founded in 1891, thus being the oldest in Australia, is housed in the Conservatorium building at the Parkville campus which is classified by the National Trust of Victoria. It contains a 350-seat concert hall (Melba Hall) with excellent acoustics for chamber music, and with a two-manual Roger Podgson tracker-action pipe organ. A brand-new arts facility has been built at the Hub in the Southbank campus to house the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Conservatorium of Music. It is here that the main music programs are offered in company with visual arts, dance, theatre, film and television, music improvisation, jazz, music theatre, production, community cultural development and indigenous arts management. At the Parkville campus the University’s Percy Grainger Museum houses a comprehensive collection of Grainger scores, an instrument collection, memorabilia and items concerning Grainger, his interests and associates. The Museum also houses the archival records of the Royal Victorian Liedertafel and music manuscripts of Prof. G W L Marshall-Hall, the first Ormond Professor of Music. The Grainger Museum archive holds the wind and brass instruments donated to the Conservatorium by Dame Nellie Melba. The former Centre for Studies in Australian Music has produced modern critical editions of operas by Australian composers. There are facilities for study of and research into early music performance and performance practice. The University's library is home to the Lyrebird Press (Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre), publisher of the scholarly monograph series Australasian Music Research and other books about Australian music and musicians. The music library has been renamed the Hanson-Dyer Library. The Conservatorium is an All-Steinway school. In addition to more than 60 pianos there are three harpsichords, two fortepianos, two clavichords, a Knud Smenge chamber organ and an extensive collection of historic orchestral and early instruments. There are three gamelans (a full slendro-pelog bronze Central Javanese, a complete Sundanese gamelan degung) and a complete north Javanese gamelan Cirebon, along with topeng Cirebon (masks), a kacapi-suling rebab ensemble, a shakuhachi, a set of central Javanese wayang kulit puppets, a set of angklungs as well as collections of North Indian classical string and percussion instruments and Chinese traditional musical instruments. The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development is a point of contact for indigenous Australian students wishing to pursue a career in the arts and also for any people interested in indigenous arts and cultural development. It offers advice to indigenous students, promotes knowledge of indigenous scholarships and grants, housing and mentorship, and holds an annual Wilin Week of celebration of indigenous culture. An associate member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

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