Master of Music (Music Performance)

Course 652-MP (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The Master of Music is a research degree that prepares students for specialist careers in musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance or music therapy. Applicants should contact the relevant academic staff member to discuss prerequisites.

All candidates are required to complete satisfactorily a study in one area of specialisation. Total weighting for the course is 150 points; the degree takes 18 months full-time (three years part-time) to complete.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply the best practices of local, national and international standards in their professional performance in their chosen specialisation;

  • Pursue an informed program of independent further study in their chosen area of specialisation in music;

  • Provide leadership in the profession in their chosen area of specialisation in music;

  • Use current technologies and assimilate the potential of emerging technologies to facilitate and heighten the dissemination of skills, knowledge and information;

  • Value and participate in projects requiring team-work.

On completion of the Music Performance stream, students will have:

  • Developed instrumental or vocal skills to the level expected for entry into the performance profession;

  • Expanded their knowledge of repertory and style.

Subject Options: Candidates enrolled in the Music Performance stream undertake the following subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
PLUS 740-722 Ensemble A or Elective subject

PLUS 740-723 Ensemble B or Elective subject

Elective subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2008
Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Total points for course = 150
Entry Requirements:

To be accepted into the Master of Music, students should normally have a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, or equivalent, with a final result of first-class honours or high second-class honours.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available from the Faculty of Music Degree Programs Office, or may be downloaded from the Faculty website:

Students are encouraged to provide as much detailed information in support of their application as possible and to discuss their application with a member of the Academic Staff prior to submission.

Certified transcripts of academic records at any tertiary institution other than The University of Melbourne must be forwarded with the application. If the transcription is not in English, a certified translation must also be provided.


Applicants for the Performance stream are required to undertake a fifty (50) minute audition. Applicants currently enrolled in the Faculty of Music subject Music Performance 4-2 are permitted to use their final recital examination as their audition.

  • Music Performance 4-2 candidates who gain less than 85% in their final exam are able to undertake an audition for Master of Music candidature.
  • The level of repertoire and duration of the audition for the Master of Music is equivalent to the Faculty's undergraduate subject Music Performance 4-2 examination. That is, applicants will be expected to demonstrate a thorough technical background able to cope with all stylistic demands; a sizeable concert repertory covering all styles; and the ability to manage stress to ensure sound concert presentation. Normally, music performance programs will include major repertoire and an appropriate variety of compositional styles.
  • Overseas and, where necessary, interstate students may submit a video recording in place of attending an audition. The video is to be recorded in one session, must be uncut, and accompanied by a statutory declaration stating that:

'This video/DVD is submitted in application for the Master of Music (Performance) course. The performance is by the undersigned................(Full name), has been filmed in one session and is unedited.

Signed................ Date......................'

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: Research Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who have a capacity for defining and managing a research project characterised by originality and independence. Their training equips them for more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research positions in a wider variety of contexts.

The University expects its research masters graduates to have the following qualities and skills:

  • An ability to initiate research projects and to formulate viable research questions;
  • A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
  • An ability to manage time to maximise the quality of research;
  • An understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area;
  • A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature;
  • Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline
  • The ability to analyse research data within a changing disciplinary environment;
  • The capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
  • An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area;
  • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
  • A capacity to co-operate with other researchers;
  • An ability to manage information effectively, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student's field of study.
Notes: All Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Performance Master of Music candidates who enrolled for the first time after 1996 are required to complete a hurdle Language Reading Examination requirement, in one of the following languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, or Russian. These examinations expect a reading knowledge only of the language concerned, and can be undertaken at any stage of the candidature by arrangement with the Postgraduate Coordinator. Candidates must make their own arrangements to prepare for the requirement and cover any costs involved accordingly. Sample examination papers in German, French Italian, Spanish and Russian are available from the Degree Programs Office.

Please note that for this examination:

  • A dictionary may be used in the examination room, however electronic dictionaries and translation aides are not permitted;
  • 15 minutes of reading time are allowed before commencement of the examination;
  • One and a half hours are allowed to write the translation.

A candidate will not normally be permitted to proceed with a thesis or final recital examination until this requirement is met.

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