Research

Master of Music (Research)

  • CRICOS Code: 099325E

What will I study?

Overview

Students are enroled in the Research Project (MMus) subject for the duration of their candidature. At the completion of the course students submit their final project which can consist of a written thesis, a combination of creative and written work, or a folio, depending on the discipline area.

Students are expected to participate in Research Seminars and Intensive research weekends where relevant and students in Music Performance are expected to participate in Performance Class.

Your final submission will be as follows:

Composition

Students are supervised to produce a composition folio of 50 to 60 minutes duration including a minimum of 2 original compositions in different media.

Interactive Composition

Students are supervised to produce a 60 minute folio of music and sound-based creative work with other media. Students in the discipline of Interactive Composition may be required to complete CREA90001 Methods in Artistic Research in their first semester of enrolment.

Jazz & Improvisation

Students undertake independent research under supervision and produce a thesis, equivalent to 40,000 words, which consists of live performance and related written work. Students in the discipline of Jazz & Improvisation are required to complete FINA90002 Research Methods in their first semester of enrolment.

Music Performance

Students undertake a supervised project leading to a live public recital consisting of 70 minutes of repertoire supported by an integrated written work of 8,000 to 10,000 words. Students in the discipline of Music Performance are required to complete MUSI90191 The Research Process for Musicians (RHD) in their first semester of enrolment.

For more details of the Music Performance specialisation please see the current students page for Music performance here: https://finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/current-students/research-students/master-of-music-research-in-music-performance

Music Psychology

Music Psychology embraces aspects of research related to:

Psychology of Music: focusing on the role music plays in every society and culture, to explain the processes through which music is perceived, created, responded to, and incorporated into everyday life;

Performance Science: involving the multidisciplinary study of human performance, to understand the skills, mechanisms and outcomes of music involvement that enhance the professional delivery of music performance and music creation; and

Performance Teaching: understanding various aspects of musical development by applying empirical evidence related to skill acquisition and exploring targeted interventions that can be implemented by musicians and teachers within music education settings, both formal and informal.

Under supervision students undertake a significant research project and prepare a thesis of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words.

Candidates also complete MUSI90252 Research Process for Music Psychologists, participate in regular seminars, and may be required to complete additional research electives as part of their enrolment.

Music Therapy

Under supervision students undertake a significant research project and prepare a thesis of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words.

Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Under supervision students undertake a significant research project and prepare a thesis of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words. Alternately students may produce a transcription of a substantial body of music together with a critical study of between 10,000 and 20,000 words, or, a minor thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words and 3 elective subjects.