Performance Teaching

This specialist coursework degree prepares graduates in Western classical and contemporary music as performer-teachers. Our graduates work as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools, studios, community programs, and in private provider and further education settings.

Performance Teaching at the Conservatorium

On this course you will choose between two specialisations:

  • The Instrumental Specialisation prepares you for school-based instrumental/vocal teaching. It includes three professional placements and a specific focus on conducting and orchestration.
  • The Studio Specialisation prepares you for private studio-based instrumental/vocal teaching. It includes two professional placements and a focus on instrumental pedagogy.

We offer advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies and ensemble participation alongside the pedagogy of performance teaching. Professional practice takes place in various settings, including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes. Elective subjects are offered in practical, theoretical and research areas.

Completing the Instrumental Specialisation enables you to obtain advanced standing with a range of education providers, leading to Victorian Institute of Teaching registration after an additional period of study.

This course also offers a pathway into the PhD after completing the Professional Research Project elective.

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Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

Performance Teaching

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Conservatorium Events


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.

Mimir Festival - Chamber Music Masterclass One

Saturday 24 Aug 2019 at 10:00am
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Violist Joan DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach, and began her current position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is an Artist Teacher of Viola ...