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

Folio Live

Friday 15 Nov 2019 at 6:30pm
Grant Street
Collaborative sound and media works by graduating students of the Interactive Composition program. Over five evenings Interactive Composition students bring Grant Street Theatre to life in sound and vision – each presenting unique works that collectively incorporate music and sound with film, animat...

Folio Live

Friday 15 Nov 2019 at 6:30pm
Grant Street
Collaborative sound and media works by graduating students of the Interactive Composition program. Over five evenings Interactive Composition students bring Grant Street Theatre to life in sound and vision – each presenting unique works that collectively incorporate music and sound with film, animat...

Masters Recital – Stuart Brennan

Monday 25 Nov 2019 at 2:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Stuart Brennan presents his Masters Recital in Trombone. <br> Max Bruch - Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 <br> Juraj Filas - Sonata for Trombone & Piano, "At the End of the Century" <br> Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Suite from The Queen of Spades, Op. 68, arr C. Lindberg <br> Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Se...
  • On the Town

    September 21 2019
    An energetic wartime musical about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City, featuring thrilling music by Leonard Bernstein with playful lyrics and book by Betty Comd...
  • Orpheus in the Underworld

    September 6 2019
    Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphée aux enfers) is a satirical treatment of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus by the French composer Jacques Offenbach.Directed by Jane Davidson...
  • Guitar Perspectives Winter Celebration

    August 4 2019
    Guitar Perspectives presents a weekend of concerts and masterclasses featuring some of the world’s best guitarists alongside staff and students from the Melbourne Conser...

News

Homeside: music therapy for people living with dementia goes global

31 October 2019
Homeside is training family carers worldwide to use music interventions to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia....

The need for truthing in language rematriation

29 October 2019
In this edited extract of her recent 2019 Lin Onus Oration at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Lou Bennet makes a compelling case for the impor...

Dr Katy Abbott wins for Hidden Thoughts at the 2019 Paul Lowin Prizes

28 October 2019
Dr Katy Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Music (Composition) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, has been announced as one of the winners of the 2019 Paul Lowin Prizes in a ce...