Master of Music Studies (Conducting)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Music Studies (Conducting) is a four-semester postgraduate coursework degree for the training of conductors to a level that allows them to seek professional placement with music ensembles. The degree program combines detailed study of conducting techniques, in-house experience of working with ensembles and conductors, and supporting academic units of study to produce comprehensively prepared conductors. The program of study culminates in the 4th semester examined performance, a concert of 30 to 45 minutes to be conducted by the candidate.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- CMPN5006 - Recording Portfolio
- CONS5001 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5002 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5003 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5004 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5005 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5006 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5007 - Conservatorium Exchange
- CONS5008 - Conservatorium Exchange
- MCGY5600 - Critical Discourses in Music
- MCGY5610 - Research Skills for Music Performance
- PERF5023 - Graduate Aural Perception
- PERF5026 - Conducting 1
- PERF5027 - Conducting 2
- PERF5028 - Ensemble Experience 1
- PERF5029 - Ensemble Experience 2
- PERF5030 - Keyboard Skills
- PERF5031 - Methods of Music Analysis
- PERF5032 - Individual Project 1
- PERF5033 - Individual Project 2
- PERF5034 - Conducting 3
- PERF5035 - Conducting 4
- PERF5036 - Ensemble Experience 3
- PERF5600 - Graduate Research Methods
- PERF5611 - Graduate Seminar 1
- PERF5612 - Graduate Seminar 2
- PERF6613 - Graduate Seminar 3
- PERF6614 - Graduate Seminar 4
- VSAO5022 - Principles of Studio Pedagogy
Further course information
Candidates of the Master of Music Studies (Conducting) will complete a set curriculum comprising three units of study per semester, including one 12 credit point unit of study in conducting in each semester. You will also take three units of study in Ensemble Experience, which will involve working closely with a conductor to become familiar with the day to day work of conducting.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.
The Individual Project units of study provide students with the opportunity to undertake a research project. Projects can be analytical, historical, notional, kinesthetic, repetoire based or stylistic, and can take a number of different forms; written document, CD or DVD recordings or performing edition of work(s).
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Conducting) are equipped with knowledge and skills in conducting technique, study of forms and musical analysis, as well as experience of working closely with instrumental and vocal performers in the preparation of scores to be a professional conductor.
Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Conducting) who have completed their Individual Project units of study with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.
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 (Conducting) requires (a) a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; 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 faculty; or (c) an award of graduate diploma from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; 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 and an interview.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in April. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University clicking "Apply Now" on the top right of your screen, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Audition DVD's can be uploaded here https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/sydneymusic/account/create
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Music Studies (Conducting).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Music Studies (Conducting).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.