Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

    • CRICOS Code: 076226J

    Course overview

    • 18 months full time / 3 years part time
    • On Campus (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Start Year Intake - March and Mid Year Intake - July


    The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) prepares you to become a leader in music education as a performer-teacher. You will participate in a range of learning opportunities, connected to the study of Western classical and contemporary music, taught by internationally renowned experts.

    The course acknowledges the changing landscape of the music professional and will prepare you to work in schools, studios, community programs,  private provider and further education settings, both locally, nationally and internationally. Our graduates are highly sought after as instrumental, vocal and ensemble teachers.

    The course has two specialisations:

    • The Instrumental Specialisation prepares students for school-based instrumental/vocal teaching using individual or group instruction, and includes three professional placements and a specific focus on conducting and orchestration.
    • The Studio Specialisation prepares students for private studio-based instrumental/vocal teaching, and includes two professional placements and a focus on instrumental pedagogy.

    In addition to professional placements, you will have access to advanced music performance tuition, the opportunity to participate in second instrument studies and ensemble participation throughout the degree. All the while developing a personalised awareness of pedagogy specific to performance teaching within the learning process.

    Professional practice is an important component of the program and is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes. This area of study relates to a range of elective subjects that keep you abreast of the latest practical, theoretical and research areas in music performance and music education.

    Specialist pedagogical subjects, combined with individual lessons, enable you to acquire a deeper understanding of teaching issues that are specific to music performance. We encourage you to develop your own philosophy which will shape your teaching practice. Importantly the skills and knowledge covered in the course give you  a range of approaches to use with confidence as you teach music performance at all levels, and in many environments.

    In the final semester you'll select a Capstone from:

    • Music performance
    • Music performance research
    • Conducting or
    • Suzuki music education (includes Primary Level Suzuki Teacher accreditation)

    Specialist electives may include: Teaching Aural Musicianship, Applied Physiology for Musicians, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Repertoire.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is for practicing musicians who are looking to broaden their career opportunities to include evidence-based teaching.

    If you'd like to further develop your teaching skills, explore new teaching frameworks and methodologies and graduate with an internationally recognised qualification, this course is for you.