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.

Instrument areas


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Our students engage with leaders in vocal teaching and performance.


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

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Conservatorium Events

Meet the Orchestra: University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra pre-concert reception

Saturday 25 May 2019 at 6:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Join students and staff from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for a special pre-concert reception for secondary school music students and music teachers. This event will feature a pre-concert talk and give you the opportunity to meet with Richard Davis (Conductor), Professor Gary McPherson (...

University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 25 May 2019 at 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre
The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s second performance for 2019 takes us to the heart of Europe as the Orchestra plays orchestral showpieces from that region. The Orchestra opens with Dvorak’s vibrant Carnival Overture and Brahms’s St Anthony Variations. Finally, the Orchestra plays ...

Sense and Sensibility

Monday 27 May 2019 at 1:00pm
Melba Hall
German music of the middle of the 18th century was undergoing rapid stylistic change, with many composers caught up in the 'empfindsamer Stil' (sensitive style), aiming for expression of natural feelings in intimate and subjective ways. But the best of these composers remained strong contrapuntists,...


  • Asia Orchestra Tour

    Concert, Event
    25th Sep 2018
    The 2018 Asia Tour marks the very first time in its long history that the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has toured internationally. This tour provided outstanding...
  • The Drowsy Chaperone

    Season, Performance
    1st Sep 2018
    Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellarMusic and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg MorrisonDirector Alister SmithMusical Director David YoungChoreographer D...
  • Carmelites

    30th Aug 2018
    Based on the closing days of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution in 1794, this opera, told in 12 ‘dialogues’, fictionalises the martyrdom of the Carme...
  • MIFLAS An Afternoon at the Opera

    3rd Jun 2018
    A benefit concert in support of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS), an international festival housed within the shores of Australia that nurt...
  • Music Ensemble

    Concert, Performance
    2nd Jun 2018
    World Music Choir and the Chinese Music Ensemble rehearsing at Melba Hall. Photos by Sav Schulman....
  • Wind Symphony Day

    19th May 2018
    Three concerts were presented in the beautiful surrounds of the Melbourne Recital Centre. The theme for Wind Symphony Day  ‘Classic and Contemporary’ fea...
  • Gloria

    1st May 2018
    Beatus vir and Gloria are two of Vivaldi's most beautiful and moving choral works. Set within the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral, and using magical visual imagery, these...
  • University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    1st May 2018
    The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre.Photos by Sav Schulman...
  • MILFAS The Enamoured Soul

    Concert, Performance
    1st Apr 2018
    The Enamoured Soul: The Glory of Handel features some of the greatest music of this extraordinary composer, with breathtaking performances by soprano Jacqueline Porter, Erin H...
  • Student Showcase Guitar

    1st Oct 2017
    Featuring guitar soloists and chamber groups from the MCM guitar program, the concert includes a performance of a new composition by Ade Vincent, who was awarded the 2017 Guit...
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sep 2017

    21st Sep 2017
    Conservatorium students and Associate Professor Richard Davis perform at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Photos by Sav Schulman...
  • Melbourne Cello Festival 2017

    Concert, Season, Event
    1st Sep 2017
    Melbourne Cello Festival (MCF) was founded in 2015 by Artistic Director Alvin Wong to bring cellists around the world to Melbourne for the celebration of cello music. Its goal...
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra May 2017

    21st May 2017
    Conservatorium students and Associate Professor Richard Davis perform at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Photos by Sav Schulman...