Early Music

The Early Music Studio (EMS) provides an ideal environment for instrumental and vocal performance training and study at both undergraduate and graduate level.

The Early Music Studio at the Conservatorium

Our students have access to one of Australia’s most extensive music libraries – the University’s Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library, containing a rich collection of early music resources including extensive collections of original sources from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, facsimile editions, some of the most important early manuscripts, printed music and theoretical sources, as well as scholarly and performing editions and research materials.

The Early Music Studio is also home to the Lyrebird Press, which continues the work of Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, established in Paris in 1932 by Melbourne-born benefactor and patron of the arts Louise Hanson-Dyer.

Study with the Early Music Studio

We have a vast collection of early keyboards, strings, wind and brass instruments that are available for student use. Rehearsal facilities are available for seminars and small recitals and provide a base for community involvement.

Undergraduate students from other areas of the University can learn about early music through breadth studies.

Early music breadth courses

2021 Early Music Showcase

Explore performances from the 2021 Conservatorium Graduating Showcase, a series of high-quality recordings that celebrate the creative endeavour and artistry of our Early Music students.

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