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

Jazz & Improvisation Small Ensemble Series

Tuesday 15 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
This two-night concert series features second and third year student ensembles from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program, performing original compositions and arrangements in small ensemble settings. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your...

Jazz & Improvisation Small Ensemble Series

Tuesday 15 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
This two-night concert series features second and third year student ensembles from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program, performing original compositions and arrangements in small ensemble settings. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your...

Jazz & Improvisation Large Ensemble Series

Wednesday 16 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
The Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program showcase their eclectic range of large ensembles, featuring staff and emerging contemporary improvisers. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your seat, and allows us to communicate any unforeseen event s...

News

Meet Krishan Meepe, Ethnomusicology student at the University of Melbourne

14 October 2019
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music student Krishan Meepe says Ethnomusicology has given him the tools to unpack some of the complex intersections of music, and politics....

Meet Tilly Webb, Interactive Composition student at the University of Melbourne

3 October 2019
Now in her third year, musician Tilly Webb explains why she chose to study Interactive Composition, and how she learned to trust her gut....

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...