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Over 100 years of musical excellence

“I often think in music,” physicist Albert Einstein said. “I see my life in terms of music.” At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the Asia-Pacific region, music is our life – we’ve been at the heart of Sydney’s cultural history for more than a century.

Whether you’re pursuing a passion or a professional career, our flexible courses allow you to focus on one area of expertise or take up all kinds of options to cultivate your creativity. You can study musicology, conducting, composition, instruments (piano, organ, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and voice) and styles (from classical to jazz and contemporary to digital music and media).

Our undergraduate degrees in composition, performance, contemporary music and music education allow you to combine your music studies with a range of other subjects from across the University. We welcome postgraduate students in diverse areas of research, particularly ethnomusicology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music.

Studying music is rich and rewarding. You’ll expand your creative thinking, hone your analytical and listening skills, and expand your music tastes. Music is both a personal and communal process: at the Con we encourage individual style as well as developing the leadership skills essential to a musical ensemble. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and learn from international visitors.

Studying at the Conservatorium will help define your career and shape you as a person. Our graduates have become performers, composers, conductors, teachers and journalists; they can be found in arts organisations, jazz clubs and orchestras the world over. We believe music is not only valuable but essential – it is part of what makes us human.

In 2018, we launched a new Bachelor of Music focusing on the music of today. If you are a digital musician composing straight onto a laptop, a creative composer who wants to write music for games, film and TV, a performer who loves improvising, or you are in the best rock band at high school – join us!

 

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