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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE School of Creative Industries - Conservatorium







Street Address:

University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia

Postal Address:

Conservatorium: Cnr Auckland & Laman Streets, Cooks Hill, New South Wales 2300, Australia


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music. Three years. Majors in performance, songwriting and production. Studies include composition, theory, conducting, music technology, digital music and media. Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts. Four years. A double degree.


Graduate programs


Master of Teaching (Secondary). With music specialisation. Master of Creative Industries. With music specialisation. Doctor of Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

The Conservatorium was established in 1952, and amalgamated with the University of Newcastle in 1990. It has become the Newcastle (City) campus of the University. Within the Faculty of Education and Arts the School of Creative Arts was formed in 2005. There are active programs in opera performance, church music and early music performance. The music building houses a fine concert hall in the 1930 art deco style seating 500, with a classical organ as the centre piece. There is also a sophisticated recording studio and a music technology studio. Instrument collections include two Steinway concert grand pianos, two Stuart & Sons concert grand pianos, two Broadwood pianos, a Collard & Collard square piano, several Kawai grand pianos, two fortepianos, three harpsichords, a continuo chamber organ, two two-manual and pedal Pogson pipe organs, one two-manual and pedal Smenge pipe organ, a two-manual electronic organ, early baroque brass and early woodwind instruments. There is a second centre in Maitland. The Conservatorium Community Engagement program, funded by the NSW State Government, offers pre-tertiary and non-award programs to interested members of the community. There are also early childhood music classes and a junior instrumental program.

Last Updated:

May 2021