Musicology

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

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Wednesday 3 Jul 2019 at 11:00am
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a solo trombone recital exploring the conversations trombone creates. American composer TJ Anderson’s ‘Minstrel Man’ explores the unique and personal aspect of African American music. Prokofiev’s ‘Five Melodies’ is a vocal workout...

Guitar Perspectives Concert 1 - Meng Su

Friday 2 Aug 2019 at 7:30pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Meng Su began studying the guitar at the age of 5 and showed her talents from an early age under the guidance of Professor Chen Zhi at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Multifaceted guitarist Meng Su is captivating audiences around the world with her stunning virtuosity and refined artistry. In a...

Guitar Perspectives - Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Showcase

Saturday 3 Aug 2019 at 1:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
A concert featuring current students and alumni of the MCM guitar area. These solo performances will draw on styles that are integral to the MCM guitar program, especially classical, contemporary, flamenco and Brazilian repertoire. Four works commissioned by Guitar Perspectives will be heard tog...