Master of Music Studies (Performance)

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 (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.

This master's course may be taken in any of the Conservatorium's instrumental areas, including orchestral and solo instruments, early music and jazz. 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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

Candidates for the Master of Music Studies (Performance) will study 4-5 units of study in each semester, including one unit per semester in their 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.

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

Candidates may elect to undertake a dissertation in the second and third semesters. Research topics must be discussed in advance with dissertation supervisors. Successful completion of the dissertation is intended to provide eligible candidates with experience necessary for entry to a research degree.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

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.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Music Studies (Performance) who have completed a dissertation 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 (Performance) 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

International applicants may apply directly to the University's International Office by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button on the right hand side of the screen; OR through a University overseas representative (education agent).

In addition to the application you need to submit a recorded audition DVD or portfolio following the audition requirements.

Audition performances can be submitted by DVD or uploaded to YouTube or similar streaming platform. Please note CD format will not be assessed.

If you are posting a DVD, please despatch your DVD to the following address:

Admissions office
Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

If you are submitting a DVD, you will to need label clearly the following - your full name, date of birth, application number and course applied.

If you are recording your audition performances using YouTube, you will need to submit the relevant URL as part of your online application for admission assessment.

Details regarding audition requirements can be found at: http://music.sydney.edu.au/study/audition-requirements.

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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