Master of Music Studies (Performance)

The Master of Music Studies (Performance) is designed to extend candidates' technical mastery of their instrument or voice while deepening their knowledge of repertoire and performance practice. The program may be taken in any of the Conservatorium's instrumental areas, including orchestral and solo instruments, early music and jazz.

Language requirements for International candidates

An IELTS level of 6.0 with no component below 6.0 is required for entry to these degrees.

Course structures

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.

Candidature for the Master of Music Studies (Performance) includes: recitals, participation in conducted ensembles and chamber groups and attendance at required seminars. The program of study culminates in the public performance given in PERF5621 Graduate Recital 2.

Accompaniment and Repetiteur streams

The Accompaniment stream is designed to provide high-quality experience in accompaniment for those students who have begun to work towards a career as an accompanist. Students gain experience in chamber music, instrumental duo, vocal accompaniment, choral accompaniment and orchestral keyboard, with a wide range of repertoire studied.

Students auditioning for the Accompaniment stream are expected to demonstrate ability and experience in accompanying and ensemble playing, some familiarity with standard keyboard and instrumental literature, as well as proficiency in sight reading.

The Repetiteur stream allows accomplished pianists to develop the knowledge and skills which professional opera companies require of repetiteurs: repertoire, score reading, languages, vocal coaching, and where appropriate work with singers and producers in opera encounters and production as part of the ensemble program.

Students auditioning for the Repetiteur stream are expected to demonstrate solo performance and accompaniment skills, vocal coaching ability, and show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a repetiteur.

Typical Enrolment Pattern

The following table show a normal full-time enrolment pattern for the Master of Music Studies (Performance).

Master of Music Studies (Performance)
Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3  
PERF5005 Principal Study 1 12 PERF5622 Principal Study 2 6 PERF5623 Principal Study 3 6
ENSE5330 Graduate Chamber Music 1 3 PERF5620 Graduate Recital 1 6 PERF5621 Graduate Recital 2 6
ENSE5320 Ensemble 1 3 ACCP5300 Graduate Recital Preparation 1 OR KEYB5301 Collaborative Piano 1 OR ENSE5331 Graduate Chamber Music 2 3 ACCP5301 Graduate Recital Preparation 2 OR KEYB5302 Collaborative Piano 2 or Elective 3
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance 6 ENSE5321 Ensemble 2 3 ENSE5322 Ensemble 3 3
    Elective 6 Elective 6
  24   24   24
Course Rules
 

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

Master of Music Studies (Performance)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

QF009

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

QC036

Master of Music Studies (Performance)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is normally full time. Part time study may be permitted upon successful application.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is an advanced learning master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)
(b)
the Master of Music Studies (Performance)
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Streams

(1)
The Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) is available in the following streams:
(a)
Performance
(i)  Instrumental (solo and orchestral)
(ii)  Voice (classical)
(iii)  Jazz Studies
(b)
Repetiteur
(c)
Accompaniment

6 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree of higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or
(b)
a graduate certificate from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in an appropriate discipline, as determined by the faculty, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(d)
in exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award; and
(e)
successful completion of an audition.
(3)
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.

7 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these courses are set out in the Table for Music Studies (Performance).
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
42 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
six credit points of elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Music Studies (Performance) a candidate must complete 72 credit points, comprising:
(a)
60 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
12 credit points of elective units of study; and
(c)
a capstone experience as described in the handbook.
(d)
Candidates may also apply to undertake an optional 12 credit points of research as part of their degree.

8 Examination

For each Graduate Recital of the degree the Conservatorium shall appoint an examination panel comprising three members (excluding the Principal Study teacher) to assess the candidate's performance.

9 Course Transfer

A candidate for the master's degree may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

10 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.