Master of Music

Excelsia College

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 02664K

The Master of Music enables professional and aspiring professional musicians to broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and applicative capacities in pursuit of advanced musical capabilities, professional understandings, and research outcomes. The overall goal of the Master of Music is to deepen students' music and music-related knowledge, skills and applicative capacities in their arenas of music focus, while securing students' grasp of intellectual paradigms and research methods critical to studies in music. The program emphasises increasing familiarity with diverse musical contexts, traditions and works. Students have access to a wide range of performance opportunities as soloists and as members of large and small ensembles; and to salient musical, educational, and technological resources. Music studies are strongly supported by disciplinary and cross-disciplinary performance-based research opportunities and, in this context, performance, research and professional development both potentially and actually enhance each other in the preparation of musical artists, scholars, teachers, and leaders.

Designed for

Graduates seeking to enter the music and cultural industries or to enhance their professional practice


  • The course offers two streams - Performance and Contemporary Composition - each of which requires four semesters of coursework supported by an intensive research experience conducted over two semesters. As such, the program prepares students for both further study and for professional careers in music. The Performance Stream comprises a major study in an instrument or voice, accompanied by the development of postgraduate academic skills related to, and underpinning, performance. Students rehearse, organise and present performances which demonstrate independent creative thought
  • highly-developed interpretative capacities
  • and musical achievement. The Contemporary Composition Stream enables students to develop advanced compositional knowledge and skills, and to apply these to create complex, original, and innovative works in either 'classical' applications or in more commercial applications such as animation, advertising, radio, television and film.


  • Performance
  • Contemporary composition

Standard entry requirements

  • Relevant bachelor degree
  • Interview
  • Audition (performance)
  • Portfolio (composition).

Study pathways

Credit is awarded for equivalent previous studies. Graduates would be eligible to seek admission to an honours masters degree and/or doctoral studies.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Macquarie Park Domestic: $30,000
International: $30,000
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Macquarie Park.

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students.

Further information

Students may commence the course at the beginning of any semester.

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