Degree Transition Information

Undergraduate Degrees

For further information please refer to UG degree transition information for students enrolled pre-2008.

Postgraduate Degrees

The information on this webpage is constantly being updated, please note that some information may change.

If you are currently enrolled in the Master of Music (Performance), the Master of Music Studies (Performance) or the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) awards, or you are a potential new student or transfer student, you should read this information.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has revised the Master of Music (Performance), Master of Music Studies (Performance) and Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) awards to ensure our programs continue to be relevant to current learning philosophies, meet or exceed their current high international standards and also enable students to freely move in the international music world.

Do I need to transfer?
No. This information is provided to help you make an informed choice. You can elect to transfer to the revised course structures or to stay in your current course structure.

If I decide to transfer, do I have to do it now?
No. You can elect to transfer at any time during your studies. Keep in mind, however, that it would not usually be appropriate for you to transfer if you are in the final semester of your postgraduate degree, unless you were considering an upgrade from the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Music Studies award.

Transition Process
All students considering transferring are encouraged to make an appointment with Mr Timothy Crowe, (Postgraduate Coordinator, Student Administration) Ph: +6 12 93511206. Each student's record will be assessed for any outstanding requirements for the revised program. This will ensure that you are aware of your requirements to graduate before you even transfer.

What are the major changes?
These are summarised below. Please also consult the Faculty Resolutions and Faculty Rules in the 2010 Postgraduate Handbook for more information.

Master of Music Studies and Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) degrees

  • Students will be able to enrol in a much broader range of subject options and specialisations, offering greater flexibility and concentration throughout their study.
  • A more concentrated focus on the summative/capstone area of the awards through the introduction of specific Recital units of study. This will provide more precise detail and differentiation of results in student transcripts.
  • In the first semester of your instrumental or vocal study, you will concentrate on development and you will not be required to give a public recital. Public recitals are the capstone experiences of these programs and take place in semesters 2 and 3.
  • Provision of a Dissertation (over two semesters) research pathway option for Masters students (subject to individual approval).
  • An overall increase in subject options through the strengthening of non-performance components.
  • Introduction of a specialised pathway for pianists.
  • Introduction of a core unit of study to support the development of specialised research and writing skills.

Typical enrolment pattern
The following table outlines the enrolment pattern for the [3 semester] Master of Music Studies (Performance) with the [2 semester] Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) embedded.

Semester 1 Cps Semester 2 Cps Semester 3 Cps
Principal Study 1 12 Principal Study 2    6 Principal Study 3    6
    Graduate Recital 1             6 Graduate Recital 2           6

Graduate Recital

Preparation 1 OR

Collaborative Piano 1

Graduate Recital

Preparation 2 OR

Collaborative Piano 2  
Chamber Music         3 Ensemble   3 Ensemble   3
Ensemble 3        
Research Skills for Performers    6

Audition Preparation OR

6 Elective 6
  24   24   24

Minor streams for the Master of Music Studies (Performance)
Students can opt to take a minor stream concentration (12 credit points) in either of the following:

  • Pedagogy in piano, strings or voice (12 credit points)
  • Research: supervised dissertation (12 credit points)

Elective Units
Students can opt to undertake a wide range of 6 credit point elective units as follows:

  • PERF5023 Graduate Aural
  • CMPN5003 Microphones and Studio Fundamentals (if available)
  • MCGY5024/5025 Graduate Elective 1 and 2 (shell units)
  • EMUS5600 Historical Performance Practice
  • PERF5037 Audition Preparation 1
  • PERF5021 Graduate Research Project
  • MCGY5618/5619 Dissertation 1 & 2

Pedagogy electives

  • VSAO5025/5029 Studio Practicum 1 and 2
  • VSAO5024/5028 Pedagogical Repertoire 1 and 2
  • VSAO5023/5027 Teaching Method (Studio Pedagogy) 1 and 2
  • VSAO5022 Principles of Studio Pedagogy (with permission)

Students wishing to take other postgraduate electives including one in Music Analysis should consult the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies). Please also consult the 2010 Postgraduate Handbook for further unit of study details.

Master of Music (Performance)

  • The public recital component has been adjusted to make an appropriate distinction between the performance requirements of the MMus and the DMA degrees. Public recitals have been reduced from three to one. Students will still however be assessed by jury examination for Principal Study 1 and 2.
  • Principal Study reduced from four to three semesters.
  • Dedication of a full semester to the thesis preparation.
  • Enhancement of the research components of the degree by clarifying the relationship between the thesis and the performance/public recital examination.
  • Reduction of the coursework component from four seminar courses to three.

Typical enrolment pattern
The following table outlines the enrolment pattern for the Master of Music (Performance)

Semester 1 Semester 2
PERF5001 Principal Study (MMus) 1 PERF5002 Principal Study (MMus) 2
MCGY5000 Introduction to Research Methods MCGY6000 Seminar Elective 2
MCGY5002 Seminar Elective 1  
Semester 3 Semester 4
MCGY6001 Performance Thesis 1 PERF6000 Principal Study (MMus) 3
MCGY6002 Performance Thesis 2  

Please also consult the 2010 Postgraduate Handbook for further unit of study details.