Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

  • CRICOS code: 094859D

What will I study?


Degree structure

This is a two-year full-time degree.

Progression from first year to second year requires a passing mark for Orchestral Performance Practicum 1.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills and be able to:

  • Achieve a professional level standard in their orchestral ensemble performance and recording skills as required of an elite professional orchestral instrumentalist
  • Achieve a professional level standard in rehearsal conduct and etiquette
  • Become a highly-skilled and highly-aware ensemble musician, with a thorough knowledge of performance styles and current practice
  • Critically evaluate past and present performance practices
  • Develop a depth of familiarity with the symphonic canon
  • Develop artistic flexibility and appreciation for alternative interpretations
  • Develop an understanding of how to perform in situations in which the orchestra performs an accompanying role (e.g. concerto, opera, ballet, and film repertoire)
  • Understand how to learn and prepare new works
  • Understand and develop the mental and emotional capabilities necessary for consistent skill execution and positive performance experiences
  • Demonstrate team-work and collaborative music making
  • Develop communication skills towards ensemble cohesion and respect
  • Establish entrepreneurial skills for early career orchestral musicians, and develop and expand outreach projects that engage various communities (e.g., amateur musicians, music students, general public)
  • Develop complementary skills, knowledge, and understandings of the roles and responsibilities of various aspects of orchestral administration (e.g., artistic development, philanthropy, music library, education outreach, labor negotiations, and contracts)
  • Develop the confidence necessary to perform under pressure in audition, recording, and performance settings
  • Gain the ability to intelligentlly and persuasively promote an appreciation of the orchestra as an artistic vehicle; and
  • Identify, prevent and manage health risks resulting from playing an instrument for extended time periods

Generic Skills

The University expects its postgraduate coursework graduates to have the following qualities and skills:

  • An advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area
  • An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area
  • The capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work
  • An understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry)
  • A capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach
  • Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in presentations
  • An advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

Sample course plan

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200 credit points