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Master of Music

What does music mean? Who is it for? And what might be its future?

We’re not looking for students who know the answers; we’re looking for students who ask the questions. Enrolling in a Master of Music gives you the opportunity to explore the concepts and contexts of music guided by world class academic staff delivering lectures, tutorials, one to one tuition, ensembles, master classes, technical workshops and musical activities in the community.

Your learning experiences are not just confined to the classroom or recital hall; you also have opportunities to undertake internships with an array of performance companies, production houses, public service departments, and collecting institutions.

The Master of Music offers two streams to match your passions:

  • Music Performance
  • Music Composition

Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. With a successful assessment of a portfolio of works (music composition) OR with a successful audition (music performance)Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
  2. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Further information

  • Applicants will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to completion of an undergraduate major in music performance or music composition, or equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Entry to the Graduate Music Performance courses is by audition at an appropriate standard. Applicants wishing to enrol in Graduate Music Performance courses are advised to contact the School to arrange for an audition as soon as possible. E:
  • Entry to the Graduate Composition, Arranging and Sound Design courses is by submission of a portfolio of works of an appropriate standard. Applicants wishing to enrol in Graduate Composition, Arranging and Sound Design courses are advised to contact the ANU School of Music to arrange for assessment of the portfolio as soon as possible. E:
  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
  • Students receiving 24 units of credit for a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline will receive credit for (i) either MUSI6302 Introductory Graduate Music Performance (12 units) or MUSI6315 Introductory Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design (12 units); and (ii) 12 units of free electives.

Career opportunities

The Master of Music will advance your career in the traditional and emerging creative industries as a performer, composer, researcher, arranger, entrepreneur, scholar, teacher, cultural leader, or as a mixture of all of the above.

Further studies

Master of Music (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of Music, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.


Updated:  13 March, 2018/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications