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Overview

The Master of Music Studies (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will extend your technical mastery of your chosen instrument or voice, while deepening your knowledge of repertoire and performance practice.

The course may be taken in any of the Conservatorium's instrumental areas, including orchestral and solo instruments, early music, jazz and contemporary music. You will undertake recitals, participate in conducted ensembles and chamber groups, and attend seminars with a performance theory focus.

The Master of Music Studies (Performance) will provide you with a command of relevant performance technique and the ability to communicate through musical performance.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available. Complete your application as soon as possible in order to be considered for a place in 2020.

Subject areas

Students can apply for study in any of the following principal study areas: Historical Performance; Jazz Performance; Non-Orchestral Instrumental Performance; Orchestral Instrumental Performance; Voice (classical). There are also options in piano for qualified students to undertake an Accompaniment or Repetiteur stream.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the Admission Requirements section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2 - 3 August

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August)

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office or through a University overseas representative (education agent).

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 October

Semester 2 - 3 August

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Please check the scholarships website for separate closing dates.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Semester 2 (August)

Research areas

The required units of study for this award indicate the practical focus placed on performance as both a soloist and member of a musical ensemble. Students are required to complete MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance as part of their first year.

What you'll study

You will study 4-5 units of study (subjects) in each semester, including one unit per semester in your principal study. In the second and third semesters, you will have the opportunity to complete a dissertation or other elective seminars which relate to your specific area of study.

You will also complete two recitals, participate in conducted ensembles and chamber groups, and attend all required seminars. 

Units of Study

Applying for admission

  1. Submit an online application direct to the University of Sydney by clicking apply from this page. International applicants can apply through a University overseas representative (education agent) if they wish.
  2. Take note of the application number (IPU or student ID)
  3. Register an audition using your application number via the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website.

Entry is by audition, which is held at the Conservatorium. If you are unable to attend in person, you may upload a video audition in the audition application.

Please make sure you follow the specific audition requirements found in the postgraduate audition requirements PDF located on the right hand side of the Conservatorium's admission website.

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award, a candidate must complete 72 credit points, comprising: 60 credit points of core units of study and a further 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

The candidature culminates in a 50 minute public recital.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, and according to the admissions criteria. A successful application for admission to the Master of Music Studies (Performance) requires:

(a) a master's degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; or

(b) a pass bachelor's degree with a credit average, or an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Conservatorium; or

(c) an award of graduate diploma from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Conservatorium; or

(d) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; and

(e) successful completion of an audition.

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Performance) reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, and are prepared for careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players.

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Domestic students

International students

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for eligible domestic students

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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