About the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, which is a division of the Faculty of VCA and MCM, has a distinguished history reaching back to the awarding of the first music degree at the University of Melbourne in 1879. It is the oldest and one of the largest music schools in Australia, with the largest cohort of international students.
The Melbourne Conservatorium’s goal is to be recognised as the most prestigious music school in the Asia–Pacific Rim region, providing first class music courses, teaching and learning informed by excellent resources and state-of-the-art technology, ample merit-based scholarships. Our gifted and selective student cohort are recruited nationally and internationally and pursue a diversity of viable and realistic vocational outcomes, contributing to and making a difference to the social fabric of Australian, Asian and Pacific Rim societies and communities.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers a particularly comprehensive range of programs, which are intimately informed by our internationally recognised research in music performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and music psychology and education.
The 3-year Bachelor of Music is the cornerstone of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s undergraduate program, offering both depth and breadth. The undergraduate music program has the objective of producing graduates who are both thinking musicians and musical thinkers – people who will make a difference to our world by embracing and furthering the practice, understanding and appreciation of music, one of humankinds’ greatest forms of communication.
The BMus offers viable and exciting pathways into a specialised music-only Honours program and research higher degrees as well as professional coursework postgraduate degrees, including the professionally accredited degree of Master in Music Therapy and a proposed new degree, the Master of Music (Performance Teaching).
The Graduate Programs at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music include a range of coursework music degrees, and the Conservatorium occupies a position of unrivalled national and regional excellence and leadership in research training in music.
There is also a number of public programs, including short courses and professional development and community access programs for those interested in studying music without committing to a full degree program.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music also has an extensive public performance program of concerts, recitals and festivals. These events make up a core component of the education and development of a music student and provide and are an important forum for engagement with the wider community.