The Conservatorium's research strengths in musicology are inAustralian music studies, British and European music studies, spanning the medieval period to popular music of the 21st century, and Latin American studies. Since 1991 the Conservatorium has published an internationally refereed journal Context, the editorial board of which comprises staff and graduate students.
Ethnomusicology research at the Conservatorium investigates the people and social processes involved in music-making whilst considering the whole context - social, cosmological, economic, political, historical, contemporary, environmental and epistemological - through and within which music is imagined, discussed and made.
The MCM’s performance program is led by internationally recognized scholars and performers which is augmented by a vast array of visiting performers and scholars. Performance research is characterized by high quality performance alongside scholarly depth and excellence.
The composition program at the MCM is a vibrant environment in which young composing musicians are equipped with the skills and insights necessary to develop their own creative voices. Compositional research looks at the the skills of compositional technique, professional craft and technological fluency, seeks to gain an understanding of diverse musical traditions, encourages collaboration with other artistic disciplines and engagement with the wider community.