Bachelor of Music

Find out more about each of our majors and life as a music student at Melbourne.

Take creative risks

Be inspired to be brave and find your unique artistic voice with an immersive and practical curriculum, led by internationally renowned teachers and performers who are there to guide and develop your potential to the fullest.

Start your network

Connect with students from across the arts in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, building networks to help you throughout your creative career.

Learn from industry connected professionals

Enhance your musicianship or research skills under the guidance of expert professionals who maintain strong industry connections.

Welcome to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Professor Richard Kurth, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, extends his welcome to the Conservatorium, part of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University.

Explore our majors

Learn more about each of our six majors.

Composition

Develop your skills in the art and craft of writing and notating music for live performance, based in the Western art music tradition but extending beyond it.
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Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Study music across diverse historical, geographical and cultural contexts with a view toward pursuing individual research.
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Music Studies

This program equips you with portable, practical and collaborative skills applicable to a range of music-related careers, while allowing you to pursue your individual interests.
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Interactive Composition

Create music and sound for a range of contemporary media contexts and platforms in this commercially led, collaborative major.
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Jazz and Improvisation

Build your creative and improvisatory skills through immersive individual, small-group and large-group performance.
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Performance

Gain practical instruction and ensemble experience on orchestral instruments, piano, guitar and classical voice.
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Meet our students

I've also really enjoyed the diversity of the class: everyone makes a different type of music, everyone’s practice is continually evolving and pushing things into different perspectives for me.

Tilly Webb, Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition)
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I’ve developed a new framework for understanding music’s affective qualities and that’s made me both a better musician and a better person. It’s also opened the door to a whole new understanding of the world around me.

Krishan Meepe, Bachelor of Music (Ethnomusicology)
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Bells make me sing

Our Jazz and Improvisation students and staff came together to perform a new version of this very special track, composed by the late Brian Brown, who initiated Jazz and Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1981.