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) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

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.

Further course information

Progression rules

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.

Capstone experience

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

Graduate opportunities

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.

Further study

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

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.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

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.

International students

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

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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