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Master of Music

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

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 three specialisations to match your passions:

  • Music Performance II
  • Music Composition, arranging, and sound design II
  • Musicology, ethnomusicology, and music curatorship II

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. pose research questions relating to music that are significant, original, and complex;
  2. investigate these questions creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through performance, composition, or in extended written form;
  3. place these questions in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  4. communicate their responses to these questions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with either a technically outstanding professional-level public performance or composition, which is supported by a verbal explanation; or in an extended written form.

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, or equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Entry to the Graduate Music Performance courses is by completion of MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 with a mark of at least 65, or audition at equivalent level. Applicants wishing to enrol in Graduate Music Performance courses are advised to contact the School to arrange for an audition as soon as possible.
  • Entry to the Graduate Composition, Arranging and Sound Design courses is by completion of MUSI3315 Creative Musicianship 6 with a mark of at least 65, or submission of a portfolio of works of equivalent 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: schoolofmusic@anu.edu.au
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

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.

Cognate disciplines

Music

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$21,216.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$32,640.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Music requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1

MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2

MUSI8002 The Scholar Musician 3

 

Either:

24 units from completion of the Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Curatorship II specialisation

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1

MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1

MUSI8007 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 1

MUSI8008 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 2

MUSI8009 Graduate Music Research Project 1

MUSI8010 Graduate Music Research Project 2

 

A further 12 units from completion of 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level elective courses offered by ANU

 

Or:

24 units from completion of one the following specialisations:

Music Composition, Arranging and Sound Design II

Music Performance II

 

30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1

MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1

MUSI8003 Graduate Music Performance 2

MUSI8005 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2

MUSI8007 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 1

MUSI8008 Graduate Music Professional Practice Project 2

MUSI8009 Graduate Music Research Project 1

MUSI8010 Graduate Music Research Project 2

 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

 

Specialisations

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