Master of Music (Music Performance)

Course 652MP (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 006671A
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 2.00 years full time, or equivalent part time.


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music


Faculty of VCA and MCM
VCA and MCM Research Office
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Royal Pde
Parkville Campus

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352) or 9035 9175

Course Overview:

The Master of Music is a professional research degree that prepares students for specialist careers in musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, conducting, music therapy, jazz & improvisation, music psychology & performance science or interactive composition.

Instrumental and vocal candidates present two major public recitals and conducting candidates prepare and conduct an ensemble in two major performances. Performances are normally presented at the 12 and 18 month points of candidature. Candidates will receive regular individual tuition and participate in the weekly Performance Class and Postgraduate Seminar.

Further performance opportunities are available through ensemble electives, including chamber music and ensemble activities offered in partnership with the Australian National Academy Music (ANAM). Students can also undertake a minor thesis .

Conversion to PhD

Students may apply for conversion from the Master of Music (Music Performance) to the PhD (Music Performance) after a minimum of 9 months. Students must demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed the requirements of the equivalent of the first (probationary) year of the PhD including:

  • A result of H2A or above for the presentation of a public recital of 70 minutes duration for which they have provided program notes;
  • A result of H2A or above in the subject Research Essay or Minor Thesis.

Students intending to convert to PhD will normally enrol in MUSI40064 The Research Process for Musicians and MUSI90185 Research Essay as their elective subjects.

MMus students who hold an APA are able to carry the APA into the PhD candidature. Tenure of the APA is backdated to the date of enrolment in the MMus.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Apply the best practices of local, national and international standards in their professional career 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.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Full-time and Part-time study options are available, however the Conducting specialisation can only be undertaken on a full-time basis.

Recital 1 is undertaken over the first two semesters of candidature, culminating in a recital at the end of the second semester. Recital 2 is undertaken over the final semester of candidature.

Students are required to undertake Postgraduate Seminar and Performance Class throughout the three semesters of their candidature; this includes attending a minimum of 27 classes for each subject. Attendance and participation in seminar and performance class are hurdle requirements for the completion of this course, see the subject entry for Recital 2.

Electives are usually undertaken in the first two semesters of candidature.

Subject Options:

Candidates enroling in the Master of Music (Music Performance) are enroled as follows:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Candidates undertake TWO electives from the following list of options, or the minor thesis:

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
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Year Long
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

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

Application Procedure

Further details regarding how to apply are available via the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 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 Bachelor of Music (Honours) subject Recital are permitted to use their final recital examination as their audition. For further audition details, please refer to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music website:

Core Participation Requirements:

Behavioural and Social Attributes: Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. They must take full responsibility for their own participation and learning. Students also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative environments and must therefore demonstrate a wide range of interpersonal skills which consider the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Disability: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives 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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:

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.

Generic Skills:

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.
Links to further information:

Application Procedure
Detailed information for prospective Master of Music students regarding the application process, including application deadlines and the application form is available at

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