Conservatorium accompanists

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music provides students with an accompanist allowance to rehearse and perform with an approved accompanist in performance classes and practical examinations.

These allowances are available within the following degrees;

  • Diploma in Music (Practical)
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  • Graduate Diploma in Music (Practical)
  • Master of Music (Performance Teaching)
  • Master of Music (Music Performance)

Practical examination accompanist allowances

Maximum accompanist allowance times are listed below and are inclusive of both rehearsal AND performance times (with the exception of RHD Master of Music recitals); e.g. for a Bachelor of Music student enrolled in MUSI10221 Practical Music 2, the allowance would cover up to 1 hour and 40 minutes for rehearsal, and 20 minutes for the required examination time, for a total of 2 hours.

1 hour per student

Bachelor of Music

MUSI20026 Minor Music Performance 2

MUSI30051 Minor Music Performance 4

2 hours per student

Bachelor of Music /

Diploma in Music (Practical)

MUSI10221 Practical Music 2

MUSI20200 Practical Music 4

MUSI30251 Practical Music 6

MUSI20202 Performance 4

MUSI30218 Music Performance 6

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

MUSI40060 Concerto

4 hours per student

Bachelor of Music

MUSI30253 Performance 6

MUSI30008 Performance Study 6

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

MUSI40061 Recital

Graduate Diploma in Music (Practical)

MUSI40017 Practical Study 2

Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

MUSI90156 Performing to Teach 2

MUSI90157 Pedagogue Recital

Master of Music (Music Performance)

(RHD Recitals receive accompanist allowance of up to 4 hours of rehearsal time PLUS the relevant examination time)

MUSI90100 Recital 1

MUSI70014 Recital 2

Please note: Payment for any rehearsals in excess of the allocated hours indicated above, or for an accompanist not listed on the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists, are the responsibility of the student.

List of approved Conservatorium accompanists

Students are required to use accompanists from the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists.

Students are required to notify the Conservatorium, via the Practical Examination Program Approval Form (due week 8 of each semester) of the accompanist that will be used for their recital examination. Students must notify the Faculty Academic Support Office  if they are changing accompanists.

Non-keyboard accompaniment

Contemporary music students completing the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and students undertaking specialist instrumental studies (e.g. early music) can apply for special permission from the Faculty Academic Support Office to use an accompanist outside of the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists.


  • Keyboard Accompanist allowance instrumental, Concert and Performance Classes

    The following classes have scheduled accompanists:

    • Instrumental/Voice Class
    • Concert Class (Thursday)
    • Performance Class: Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Performance 5 and 6

    For the following classes, any accompanist from the Conservatorium's List of Approved Accompanists may be used:

    • Performance Class: Master of Music (Performance Teaching)
    • Performance Class: Master of Music (Music Performance)
  • Who is the scheduled accompanist for instrumental, Thursday Concert and Friday Performance classes?

    The Head of Department or the Performance/Concert Class Coordinator will notify students of the scheduled accompanist each week.

  • How much rehearsal/performance time am I entitled to?

    Instrumental, concert and performance (honours and performance study) class: One 15-minute rehearsal with the scheduled accompanist for the class, plus the performance.

    Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and Master of Music (Music Performance) classes: One 1-hour rehearsal with any accompanist from the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists, plus the performance in class.

  • How do I organise rehearsals?

    Sign-up via direct contact with the accompanist.

  • Do I have to use the scheduled Accompanist for Instrumental/Voice, Thursday Concert and Performance classes?

    No, students are able to perform in class with an accompanist of their choice. However, if a student uses an accompanist that is not scheduled for the class, the student is responsible for the cost of the rehearsal and performance.

  • I am a contemporary music student enrolled in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching); do I have to use an accompanist from the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists for class?

    No. Contemporary music students are able to apply for special permission to use an accompanist outside of the Conservatorium's list of approved accompanists by emailing the Faculty Academic Support Office.

Accompanist allowance for practical examinations

  • Can I continue to rehearse with my accompanist beyond the allocated hours?

    Yes. Students are encouraged to rehearse with accompanists for as long as required to ensure the greatest preparation for their recital examination. However, where a student uses more than their allocated allowance, they must pay the accompanist directly for the extra time.

  • I am using a piano accompanist and a harpsichordist for my exam; can I claim an accompanist allowance for both?

    Students are entitled to an accompanist allowance based on the subject enrolled, not the type(s) of accompaniment required for the examination. However, special permission can be sought from the Faculty Academic Support Office to have an allocation calculated on a proportional basis (e.g. allocation split equally between two associate artists).

  • Can I use my accompanist allowance for a technical examination?

    No. The Conservatorium does not provide an accompanist allowance to facilitate technical examinations.

  • I have deferred my examination; can I claim extra accompanist hours?

    No. Students are entitled to an accompanist allowance based on the subject enrolled, and unfortunately the Conservatorium cannot cover additional hours incurred as a result of special consideration and deferred examinations.

  • I am a student accompanying another student; can I get paid for my time?

    No. It is often encouraged that students work with other students during performance classes, however the Conservatorium does not pay for for accompanists not on the approved accompanist list..

  • What if my accompanist isn’t on the Conservatorium's List of Approved Accompanists?

    You may use an accompanist not listed on the Conservatorium’s List of Approved Accompanists, however, the payment for any accompanist not on the list will need to be paid directly by the student and cannot be reimbursed.

Becoming an approved accompanist at the Conservatorium

  • Why do you have an approved list of accompanists?

    From time to time the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music seeks to appoint accompanists to service student needs for classes, assessment requirements and allied activities. The approved accompanists list provides students access to musicians with a high level of accompanying experience and capacity across a wide range of vocal and instrumental fields.

  • What are the requirements for becoming an approved accompanist?

    Normally, completion of a postgraduate qualification in music performance together with at least three years accompanying at the professional level constitute basic eligibility to lodge an application.

    It is important to understand that sessional accompanying is not a teaching role.

  • How can I apply for inclusion on the list?

    Applicants should address all correspondence and materials to the Business Services unit of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (

    Please DO NOT contact members of the Academic Staff regarding your application.

  • What do I need to include in my application?

    In order to apply for consideration for addition to the accompanist list the following is required:

    • a detailed CV outlining qualifications, experience and a sample repertoire list demonstrating the range and level of repertoire in an accompanying role as well as a list of appropriate performances over the last three years.
    • web-based, video recorded material of at least 45 minutes in total demonstrating a professional level of concert accompaniment in at least three areas from the following: strings, woodwind, brass, voice, chamber music. Dates of the performances should be provided.
    • two written references from professional (performing) musicians of standing which are not more than six months old and which comment directly on accompanying experience and capacity. The referees need to be available for further consultation if needed.
  • What if my application is unsuccessful?

    Applicants who are not selected may re-apply one year after their original application. Decisions made by the institution regarding accompanying selection are not open to review or further discussion.