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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
  • Field of Education
    • Music
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Field of Education
    • Music

The ANU School of Music’s Master of Music is designed to nurture outstanding musical artistry through offering a diversity of musical experiences in an environment that encourages excellence, passion and entrepreneurship. We believe that discovery lies at the heart of both creativity and self expression.

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 the opportunity to use our million dollar recording studio outfitted with the most advanced array of microphones, recording hardware and software as well as the legendary 48 channel Neve Genesys console which is at the heart of the studio.

Internships are available with an array of professional performance companies, recording studios, production houses, and community arts organizations.

The Master of Music offers two streams to match your passions: Music Performance and Music Composition.

 

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Music will give you both the tools and opportunities to advance your career in the traditional and emerging creative industries as a performer, composer, researcher, or entrepreneur.  You will emerge as one of the game changers of the 21st century.

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 be able to:

 
  1. pose questions relating to performance or composition that are significant, original, and complex;
  2. investigate these questions creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through music performance or music composition;
  3. place your performance or composition in the context of the relevant music performance or music composition tradition or “school”; 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 portfolio of compositions, which is supported by a verbal explanation of your creative decisions.

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: schoolofmusic@anu.edu.au
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with an average GPA of at least 5.0/7.0 
  • 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 (one semester) of credit.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
  • 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: schoolofmusic@anu.edu.au
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.

Cognate disciplines

Music composition
Music performance

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$23,376.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

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:

48 units from completion of courses on one of the following lists:

Music Performance
MUSI6302 Introductory Graduate Music Performance 
MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1
MUSI8003 Graduate Music Performance 2
MUSI8004 Graduate Music Performance 3

Music Composition
MUSI6315 Introductory Graduate Composition 
MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1
MUSI8005 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 2
MUSI8006 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 3

12 units from completion of compulsory courses from the following list:

MUSI8011 Creative Practice as Research
MUSI8012 Music Graduate Exegesis

12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

MUSI6211 Writing about Music 1: Styles and Theories
MUSI6313 Writing about Music 2: Sources and Methods 
MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1
MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

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