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UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE Melbourne Conservatorium of Music








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. A fourth year leads to the degree with honours. Specialisations: • in Performance. • in Composition. • in Musicology/Ethnomusicology. • in Jazz and Improvisation. • in Interactive Composition. Bachelor of Music in Music Studies. Three years. A fourth year leads to the degree with honours. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Three years. A fourth year leads to the degree with honours.


Graduate programs


Master of Music. In opera performance, orchestral performance, in performance teaching. Master of Music (Research): • in Music Performance. • in Composition. • in Musicology/Ethnomusicology. • in Interactive Composition. • in Jazz & Improvisation. • in Music Psychology. Master of Music Therapy. Master of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Music.


Diploma programs


Graduate Diploma in Music. One year: • in Performance. • in Musicology. Taken at the Parkville campus. • in Ethnomusicology. Taken at the parkville campus. • in Composition. Taken at the Parkville campus. Specialist Certificate in Inclusive Music Teaching. One year.

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 Victorian College of the Arts and the Conservatorium of Music, these together forming the Faculty of Fine Arts and 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 Culture 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. Contact: +61 3 9035 9345;,au. An associate member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

June 2021