Master of Music Therapy

    • CRICOS Code: 055550D

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    This course has an interview requirement


    2020 Semester 1 intake - main assessment round (for domestic and international applicants)
    Applications open: 30 June 2019
    Applications close: 11:59pm, 30 September 2019 (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC+10)

    How do I apply?

    Before applying, all applicants are encouraged to contact to obtain a Master of Music Therapy Information Pack.

    There are three components to each application. Applicants must submit the following by the application closing date:

    1. University Application

      A direct application via University's application portal

    2. SlideRoom

      Complete a SlideRoom Application including the upload of  academic transcripts, recorded material and the provision of three referees. See below for more information.

    3. Interview/Audition

      A panel will review applications and video recordings to ensure applications are complete, pre-requisites are met, and musicianship is at an appropriate standard. Only short listed applicants will progress to interview/audition as the final component of the application process, during which you will be asked to perform a set song live on voice and guitar from memory. Short listed applicants will be advised of the set song a week before interviews. Interviews/auditions are preferred live for the main intake however can be held via an online interview if necessary.

      The interview/audition will take place after the closing date and shortlisted applicants will be notified of the process and schedule. For more information, please see the Auditions and Interviews page.

    Video Recording

    Video is required for all applicants and must be submitted as part of your application by the close date. The purpose is to enable assessment of your music performance ability and the level of musicianship.

    Applicants who are not at the required standard will not progress to an interview. Those who do not progress to interview are encouraged spend time developing their musicianship and apply again the following year.

    Six pieces of music are required, as follows:

    • Three pieces presented on your primary instrument, covering a range of contrasting styles. The pieces may be a combination of classical, jazz, improvisatory work etc. The three primary instrument recording must be completed in a single take.
    • Three vocal songs accompanied by your own guitar playing. The pieces should demonstrate your vocal skill across a range of genres, styles or decades. Your guitar accompaniment should demonstrate a minimum of basic skills, including first position chords; barre chords; bass runs; and various accompanying styles such as strumming and picking techniques. Only one song can be an original composition, and one song in a language other than English is permitted (but not required). The three voice and guitar recordings must be completed in a single take.
    • The two recordings (3 primary instrument pieces and 3 vocal pieces) must be edited into a single file and uploaded to the SlideRoom Application.

    You will need to be sure that the recording is a genuine recording by the applicant. In the case of any doubt as to the authenticity of the recorded material, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music reserves the right to audition applicants further before final admission to the course.

    Academic Transcript

    Copies of official academic transcripts of prior tertiary studies music be uploaded the SlideRoom Application. If transcripts are not in English, you will need to provide an official translation in addition to a copy of the original documents.


    Applicants should have completed at least 12.5 credit points of psychology studies at The University of Melbourne (or equivalent) tertiary level or an equivalent MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from an approved list. A list of suitable courses is listed in the Information Pack. An official transcript of the psychology prerequisite must be submitted by January 31st in the start year and is a prerequisite to enrolment. It is not possible to enrol without meeting this prerequisite by the set date. It is not possible to complete your psychology requirements at the same time as you are studying music therapy.


    Applicants must provide 3 referees: one character reference, one academic reference, and person who can attest to the applicant's musical ability. The referee details must be submitted in the SlideRoom component of the application. Referees will be sent a referee report to complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure references are completed.

    English language requirements

    The University of Melbourne has a set of English language requirements which all applicants must meet. If you have completed a previous degree which was taught and assessed entirely in English you do not have to undertake a test.


    Applicants will be charged a non-refundable processing fee payable via SlideRoom.

    You have chosen your degree and worked out when you want to start studying. Now all you need to do is apply using the  steps below:

    Before you apply

    1. Check the entry requirements and make sure you're eligible.
    2. If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, you may like to contact our Faculty’s Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development before proceeding. They can assist you with your application and provide you with additional information about your study options.
    3. Complete a direct application via the University's application portal, using course code M04AA.
    4. Complete your SlideRoom application including uploading your recorded material, transcripts, academic writing and your referees.
    5. Prepare for your online or live interview, if shortlisted, by observing music therapists and reading relevant literature.
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