Musicology at the Conservatorium has a long and distinguished history. Today this area includes a graduate specialist program with an undergraduate pathway.

Musicology at the Conservatorium

Musicologists research the history of music. They use diverse primary sources – newspapers, letters, diaries, concert programs, and more – to situate musicians and listeners within rich historical and social contexts.

At the Conservatorium, musicology is an interdisciplinary area with longstanding links to the wider humanities at the University of Melbourne, as well as with the Grainger Museum and Lyrebird Press. It sponsors a distinguished speaker series and organises weekly postgraduate seminars. It is also closely allied with Ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

Study Musicology

Undergraduate Bachelor of Music students can apply to major in musicology, taking a guided program of specialised study that leads to a written dissertation on a topic of their choosing. Our students develop knowledge and expertise that provides a basis for independent critical enquiry and research-based writing, as well as the ability to understand and present complex concepts. Graduate student study options include the Graduate Diploma (by coursework) and research higher degrees (MMus and PhD).

Undergraduate students from other areas of the University can learn about Western art music and popular music styles through related breadth study subjects such as Music and Politics, Music and Film, and Rock Music.

Musicology courses

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Joining in 2020

Dr John Gabriel
Lecturer in Music (Musicology)

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Conservatorium events

Steinway D Launch Series: Jerry Wong

Wednesday 21 Aug 2019 at 6:30pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
George Rochberg Four Short Sonatas Franz Liszt Chapelle de Guillaume Tell Franz Liszt Les cloches de Genève Richard Wagner/Franz Liszt Isolde’s Liebestod Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata Op. 111 The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music introduces and showcases both it's stunning new pian...


Thursday 22 Aug 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.

Sir John Barbirolli in Australia

Friday 23 Aug 2019 at 1:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Professor Raymond Holden AM, Professor of Public Engagement at the Royal Academy of Music, London, presents a lecture focusing on Sir John Barbirolli’s two visits to Australia.

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