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Artistic research

Expanding the world of music through performance and composition
This broad field explores notions of experimentation and discovery, processes and outcomes, and emphasises the values of creativity, originality, interpretation and intellectual integrity.


We maintain highly active and international profiles in many specialty areas. Our research covers:

  • performance
  • recording
  • historically informed practice and analysis of eras from early music to jazz and all genres of contemporary music from Australia and abroad
  • pedagogical methods and teaching repertoire
  • historical development and repertoire
  • style and technique as well as technological understanding and development of instruments and performers’ physical and intellectual involvement.

We offer excellent support for performance students, including research laboratories and modern performance venues with cutting-edge technology.

We encourage performance students undertaking research at the doctoral, master's or undergraduate level to explore both traditional and innovative avenues of study that inspire them.


The postgraduate program allows students to specialise in the composition areas that interest them most, and all students find ample opportunities for the performance of their new works.

Compositional research is based in creative work such as composing for chamber groups, orchestras, opera and musical theatre, as well as electronic and electro-acoustic contexts.

Our Composition and Music Technology Unit is an essential component of our research profile, and we have some of Australia's most gifted and recognised composers on our staff.