Master of Music (Performance Teaching)
The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is a unique program within Australia for intending specialist instrumental and vocal teachers. It is a specialist coursework degree enabling graduates in Western classical and contemporary music to work as performer-teachers in a variety of situations including community, private provider and further education settings and as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools.
The course provides advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies, ensemble participation and conducting, alongside performance-teaching pedagogy studies. Professional practice is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools and Suzuki music teaching and there is a comprehensive range of elective subjects in the practical, theoretical and research areas.
The specialist pedagogical subjects combined with individual lessons will enable students to acquire a thorough understanding of teaching issues that are specific to music performance and of the various methods and approaches applied to teaching music performance at all levels.
Within the course, drawn from the electives, there are four areas of specialisation: music performance, music performance research, conducting or Suzuki music education. Primary Level Suzuki Teacher accreditation is available through an elective subject. Other specialist electives include: Advances in Music Technology, Arranging for Band, Exploring Musical Engagement, Teaching Aural Musicianship and Applied Physiology for Musicians.
The course will enable students to obtain advanced standing with Graduate Diploma in Education providers (subject to the discretion of the relevant educational provider), creating a pathway to Victorian Insitute of Teaching registration upon completion of a Graduate Diploma in Education. The course also offers a pathway into the PhD.
The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is an eighteen-month full time (or equivalent part time) course available for domestic CSP and fee-paying international students. Through the option of part time study, lectures in the evenings and electives taught in intensive mode, the course allows students flexibility to work and study, upgrade their qualifications, or transition to a new career.
Detailed course and subject information is available in the University Handbook.