The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers a range of graduate programs in music, and pathway programs to graduate study in music.

Specialised coursework programs are offered in Orchestral Performance, Music Therapy and Music Performance Teaching.

In September, we run information sessions for prospective students to learn more about graduate study options at the Conservatorium. You will have the opportunity to speak to academics, course coordinators, current and former students, and find out whether graduate study in music at the Conservatorium is for you.

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Graduate Study Programs

Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

Delivered through an industry partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) is the first and only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region offering elite-level training for aspiring orchestral musicians. Hear from MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise, and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Professor Gary McPherson, about this exciting new program.

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Master of Music Therapy

Master of Music Therapy graduate (2011) Priscilla Pek shares the importance of music in her life and how it is much more than just simple entertainment. She discusses how Music Therapy helps sick children through creativity to make choices, have control of their environment again and socialise with other children.

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Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) prepares graduates in Western classical and contemporary music for careers as performer-teachers. Hear from some of our students about their experiences studying the Master of Music (Performance Teaching), and from Ian Godfrey, the course coordinator about the two specialist streams offered in the program: Instrumental and Studio.

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Graduate Research Degrees

The Master of Music and PhD are higher-level degrees which provide research training. At the Conservatorium, these can involve working towards practice-based outcomes – such as a performance recital or folio of composition works – partial practice-based outcomes with a thesis component, or the completion of a dissertation, depending on the area of specialisation. Entry to these programs requires completion of a Bachelor of Music (Honours) or equivalent.

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Pathways to Graduate Study

Graduates from non-music fields interested in a career in music, are eligible to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Music. Offering specialisations in Practical Music, Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology and a Tailored Program, which can be designed to suit your needs, this one-year program provides a pathway to further coursework or research programs in music.

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