Music Performance

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is one of the most vibrant centres for undergraduate and graduate music performance study in Australia.

Study Music Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

You will be led by internationally renowned teachers and performers who are there to guide and develop your instrumental or vocal potential to the fullest.

Our students enjoy numerous opportunities to develop their technique and awareness through all performance programs. In most programs you experience individual instrumental or vocal lessons, weekly performance classes, public concerts, and master classes with distinguished national and international performers.

University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor Associate Professor Richard Davis and featuring our very best student classical musicians, is the premier large performance ensemble at the University.

See past performances and learn more here

Instrument areas

Brass

Brass at the Conservatorium emphasises group learning and camaraderie with a dedication to hands-on training.

Conducting

Our Conducting students learn a variety of techniques for mastery in their specialisation.

Early Music

We house a vast collection of early music resources and scores, and train our students in instrumental and vocal performance.

Guitar

Guitar at the Conservatorium is designed for students interested in the rich traditions of the guitar.

Harp

Harp students will be guided to expand their musical potential in three dimensions of playing.

Jazz and Improvisation

Celebrate great Australian Jazz and improvised music performance in a unique studio-intensive approach that nurtures future music performers and directors through repertoire, improvisation skills and technical studies.

Keyboard

Our Keyboard program is one of the largest and most distinguished of any tertiary music program in Australia.

New Music

The New Music Studio unites the disciplines of Composition and Performance for a broad range of contemporary music activities and events that are held each semester within the Faculty.

Percussion

Graduating as a percussionist from the Conservatorium, you will be literate in the history and current practice of your craft.

Strings

The Conservatorium Strings program boasts a staff of the finest string players and teachers in Australia.

Voice

Our students engage with leaders in vocal teaching and performance.

Woodwind

We have a long history of excellence in Woodwind performance, including graduates who have achieved international success.

I consider the faculty and individual tutors to be the most important people in developing my musicianship. The Conservatorium has some amazing staff on board who are very passionate about what they do. I decided to study at the Conservatorium due largely to the low brass teaching staff, particularly Timothy Buzbee.

Alexander Jeantou
Bachelor of Music, specialisation in Music Performance
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Conservatorium Events

Composition Concert - Second Year

Wednesday 18 Sep 2019 at 7:30pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
New works presented by second year Bachelor of Music Composition students. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your seat, and allows us to communicate any unforeseen event scheduling changes with you.

Found/Lost

Thursday 19 Sep 2019 at 6:30pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Trumpet and Percussion: Nick Hewett Japanese Calligraphy: Junko Azukawa Saxophone: Rob Vincs Electric Guitar: Ashley Cross Percussion: Peter Neville Expat Australian trumpeter Nick Hewett and Japanese calligrapher Junko Azukawa re-unite with Conservatorium colleagues to continue their shared ...

Grant!

Thursday 19 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
Jazz sessions and art transmissions curated by students from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program. Featuring special guest performers each week: some old, some borrowed, some outright stolen, and some kind of blue. This program is generously supported by the Lionel Gell Foundation.

News

Richard Tognetti: 'Creatives should be able to test the waters and pour in as much acid as they like'

13 September 2019
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). Here, the violinist, composer and conductor reflects on the University of Melbourne...

Master of Creative Arts Therapy: an Australian first at the University of Melbourne

6 September 2019
A new Master of Creative Arts Therapy course has been announced by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne....

Welcome to the new Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium

9 August 2019
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne welcomes a new Director to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Dr Richard Kurth....