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Master of Music (Advanced)

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

The ANU School of Music’s Master of Music (Advanced) 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 (Advanced) 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 (Advanced) offers two streams to match your passions: Music Performance and Music Composition.

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 (Advanced) 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.

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.
5.    complete a major piece of research in the field of Music.
 

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
  • 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 specified credit towards other courses.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

Entry to the Composition Specialisation additionally requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works. Entry to the Performance Specialisation requires a successful audition.

Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8105 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Music.

Cognate Disciplines

Music composition, music performance

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

 

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 (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

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

Music Performance
MUSI6302 Introductory Graduate Music Performance
MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1
THES8105 Thesis

Music Composition
MUSI6315 Introductory Graduate Composition
MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1
THES8105 Thesis

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses: 

MUSI8011 Creative Practice as Research 
MUSI6110 Introduction to Music Technology

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MUSI8012 Music Graduate Exegesis 
MUSI8013 Music Graduate Extended Exegesis

A minimum of 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

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

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
ANIP6505 Australian National Internships Program B
MUSI6009 Music and Digital Media
MUSI6008 Sound Archiving
MUSI6209 Music Recording and Production Techniques
MUSI8014 Music Graduate Chamber Ensemble

MUSI8014 Music Graduate Chamber Ensemble may be completed more than once.

Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8105 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Music.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MUSI6302 Introductory Graduate Music Performance ( OR MUSI6315 Introductory Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design (12 units) 12 units) - MUSI7003 The Scholar Musician 1 6 units MUSI6110 Introduction to Music Technology 6 units
MUSI7001 Graduate Music Performance 1 ( OR MUSI7002 Graduate Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 (12 units) 12 units) - MUSI8001 The Scholar Musician 2 6 units ANIP or MUSI course 6 units
Year 2 48 units THES8105 Thesis 6 to 24 units - MUSI8011 Creative Practice as Research 6 units ANIP or MUSI course 6 units
- - MUSI8012 Music Graduate Exegesis 6 units ANIP or MUSI course 6 units
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