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Reimagining music for the future

Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s strategic vision
Over the next five years, we will strive towards realising our new and exciting vision through the Conservatorium’s 2021-2025 strategic plan.

Now well beyond our 100th anniversary, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a strong and vibrant musical community with graduates involved with a myriad of musical activity all over the world. The original aspiration for the Conservatorium was to be as good as any conservatoire in Europe – we have achieved that aspiration and now must re-imagine how we can provide the highest quality music education into the future.

Our courses include our acclaimed performance and composition degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate music education degrees, contemporary music, and degrees that prepare students to work in the modern music industries.

Our faculty consists of highly regarded musicians with real industry and performance experience.

We are now focusing on the preparation of our students to engage in a complex and changing world where cultural competence – and the ability to create music in inter-cultural context – is simply a requirement of our age.

In 2020, our whole faculty contributed to the development of this strategic plan to lead us into the future.


Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides a distinctive, innovative and creative environment for musicians to learn, create and perform. Our students and faculty constructively engage with Australia’s first peoples and cultures, contemporary society and technology through music. We are committed to excellence, leadership and diversity in music education, performance, creative practices and research, for the cultural and social enrichment of our community and the wider world.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music will achieve this vision through an uncompromising pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and engagement. The Conservatorium will deliver this strategy through collaboration with our students, alumni and through a wide range of partnerships both within and beyond the University. Our approach will be underpinned by a vibrant, diverse and innovative culture.

Clear strategic priorities drive our ambitious vision

Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides and fosters a broad and thorough knowledge of music and its role in society. We prepare independent and resilient music students who are sensitive to cultural difference, technical complexity and artistic diversity for work at the highest level in a musical world. We do this through the delivery of flexible learning pathways that engage with local and global communities with respect and integrity.

Our strategic priorities for education are to:

  1. Provide integrated, multi-faceted music programs relating to music professions, research and professional practice.
  2. Focus on professional preparation for a diverse range of careers, including skills in administrative and operational areas.
  3. Recruit well-qualified and musically self-directed students.
  4. Recognise and cultivate creative and cultural diversity.
  5. Continue to integrate graduate qualities into the curriculum.
  6. Focus on innovation in elearning.
  7. Enhance and recognise teaching excellence and the educational experience for staff and students.
  8. Embrace Indigenous knowledge and respect for Indigenous custodians.
  9. Provide workplace opportunities and mentoring for HDR candidates.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music supports and facilitates research excellence in music. Our research includes a diverse range of perspectives including composition, performance, music education, musicology, music cognition, and music in societies that are vital to cultural development and heritage in Australia and worldwide. We are international leaders in articulating artistic and interdisciplinary research.

Our strategic priorities for research are to:

  1. Build staff capacity in areas of existing and emerging research excellence.
  2. Engage nationally and internationally in the development of benchmarking and quality metrics for creative research, non-traditional research outputs, and music education research.
  3. Maintain relationships with industry and international partners for research.
  4. Provide strategic support for multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  5. Develop opportunities for international research collaborations, including with HDR candidates.
  6. Support HDR activity in areas of existing and emerging excellence.
  7. Expand our music research with diverse cultures.
  8. Provide infrastructure to enable excellent research of international repute.
  9. Mentor early- and mid-career researchers.
  10. Lead the research narrative about the importance of the arts for Australia.
  11. Articulate the value of research-led performance.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music enhances the quality of life for people locally and globally through purposeful musical relationships in music with communities and industries. We build the values of diversity and inclusion through our engagement with research, teaching and professional practice. We incorporate new technologies to ensure that we have a world-wide reach.

Our strategic priorities for external engagement and reputation are to:

  1. Be a vibrant and active music and creative research hub within the broader Australian society.
  2. Contribute to local, national and global peak body discussion on music performance, research, education and creation through effective external engagement.
  3. Create strategic research, teaching and performance alliances with Indigenous communities, Asia and the Pacific.
  4. Foster interactions with local and international arts organisations and communities.
  5. Support the NSW Regional Conservatoriums as a major source of student recruitment and schools engagement, ensuring a diversity of students in all of our programs.
  6. Ensure that the Open Academy is at the centre of the local musical community.
  7. Increase staff public profiles for engagement as experts in their fields.
  8. Develop the use of music as a means to foster social justice.