Welcome to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. We are committed to providing national and international leadership in all areas of music, through the provision of undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest quality, and through a diverse range of innovative and creative research.
Our staff are among the most gifted and passionate musicians, teachers and researchers in Australia, and they challenge and inspire our students to become future leaders in music.
- Saving the endangered sounds of West Africa
Thanks to the tenacity of ethnomusicologist Dr Graeme Counsel, over 9,000 songs from the West African nation of Guinea are now publically available for anyone to listen to worldwide. Read the full article on Pursuit.
- An emotional journey through pasticcio opera
Voyage to the Moon, a collaboration between Victorian Opera, Musica Viva Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is a modern-day pasticcio opera that draws upon the epic 16th-century poem Orlando Furioso and will help give researchers insight into the development of emotions.will help give researchers insight into the development of emotions. Read the full story of Pursuit.
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: Arcadia Quintet
- Friday 9:30amMusic Therapy Symposium: Healthy/Unhe...
- Music hits a high note among school leavers
Forget law, medicine or arts … The Age has reported on the rise in popularity of our Bachelor of Music course - there has been an 80% increase of students who put it down as first preference, making it the 23rd most popular course in Victoria.
- Tuesday 7:30pmEarly Music Studio: Staff and Friends...
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: Amir Farid
- Wednesday 7:00pmMCM Wind Symphony at Geelong Grammar ...
- Shakespeare Season: Much Ado About No...
- Sunday 4:00pmMCM Wind Symphony at Bendigo Senior S...
- Sunday 5:00pmUniversity of Melbourne Symphony Orch...
- Tuesday 7:00pmJazz and Improvisation Small Ensemble...
- Dr Sally Treloyn awarded ARC Future Fellowship
Ethnomusicologist Dr Sally Treloyn (VCA & MCM) has received one of 50 new research grants announced today by the Australian Government under the ARC Future Fellowships scheme for 2015. Dr Treloyn will receive $684,384 in funding for her project which aims to advance knowledge about musical vitality and resilience and to develop tools to better sustain endangered Indigenous music for the benefit of cultural heritage communities, Australia and the world. Read more about the proj...
- Saturday 7:30pmAlumni Series: Rubiks Collective - Ma...
- Video: Art, identity and the Chinese diaspora
Filmmaker Natalie Cunningham explores the intersection of music and cultural identity for indie pop songstress Sophie Koh. Watch on Pursuit.
- Tuesday 7:00pmJazz and Improvisation Small Ensemble...
- Thursday 8:00pmEnrique Granados: Barcelona and Beyond
- Friday 7:30pmMCM Guitar and New Music Ensembles: A...
- Saturday 7:30pmEnrique Granados: Barcelona and Beyond
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: Kristian Chong pi...
- VCA & MCM December e-newsletter
Read the December edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- Saturday 4:00pmSpecial Event: SYNTHI-100 in Concert
- David Irving elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Dr David Irving (Senior Lecturer at the MCM) is one of 23 leading scholars elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. A leading musicologist, cultural historian and baroque violinist, Dr Irving has pioneered studies on colonial-period music in the Philippines and other areas of Southeast Asia. His work examines the interaction of music with European, Philippine, Malay, Indonesia...
- Thursday 7:30pmMCM Brass Ensemble at Melba Hall
- Andrew Frampton awarded 2016 John Monash Scholarship
Andrew Frampton, current MMus (Musicology) student, concert pianist, and MCM musicology research assistant, has been selected as a 2016 John Monash Scholar. The John Monash Scholarships, valued at $180,000 each, are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to undertake postgraduate studies overseas and are among the most important – and most competitive - postgraduate scholarships available in Australia. Awarded by the General Sir John Monash Found...
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: Quartz Quartet
- Thursday 7:30pmBach Cantata 37 for Ascension Day Ves...
- Amazing Grace: How sweet the sound
Strumming a guitar with a child newly diagnosed with autism can help foster social interaction, says MCM music therapist Dr Grace Thompson. The multi-instrumentalist, lecturer, and researcher is helping to change the lives of children and families affected by autism, by using music to help foster social connections and interaction. Read the full story via Pursuit.
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: Tacet
- Playing for good: Melbourne musicians building community through collaboration
The Melbourne Music Map is a collaboration between Associate Professor John Fitzgerald, alumnus Adam Simmons and 100 local musicians that documents the social networks that exist between musicians in the Melbourne arts scene. Stemming from Professor Fitzgerald’s background in social policy development and criminology, the Melbourne Music Map will be developed during November, when multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons performs 25 concerts of four duets with 100 di...
- Saturday 7:30pmUniversity of Melbourne Symphony Orch...
- Monday 1:10pmLunch Hour Concert: MCM Wind Symphony
- Tuesday 7:00pmJazz and Improvisation Large Ensemble...
- VCA & MCM November e-newsletter
Read the November edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- Friday 7:30pmMCM New Music Ensemble: Gubaidulina a...
- Indigenous songstress on the international stage
Shauntai Batzke, gospel and opera singer and songwriter, is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Sydney. In August, the MCM graduate travelled to New York City to attend summer school at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts as part of the Canto de las Americas – a workshop for aspiring artists in their vocal arts program. Watch the video via Pursuit.
- Elizabeth Lewis wins Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship
Master of Music (Opera Performance) student Elizabeth Lewis has won the prestigious Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. She beat five other finalists on Sunday at a public recital at the Sydney Conservatorium to claim the $43,000 prize that will fund a study trip to New York for vocal, language and movement coaching. Read The Age story.
- Thursday 7:30pmNODE 0 2016: The Beats Project
- Thursday 7:30pmMCM Guitar Ensemble at Melba Hall
- Reconciliation Week
- Friday 5:00pmWorld Music Concert
- Saturday 7:00pmMCM Wind Symphony at the Recital Centre
- Saturday 7:30pmMCM Vocal Ensemble Sings Mozart
- Tuesday 7:00pmMCM Medieval and Renaissance Ensemble
- Wednesday 7:00pmMCM Baroque Ensemble and Early Voices
- Friday 1:00pmPercussion Ensemble Concert
- MONGREL 2016
- VCA & MCM October e-newsletter
Read the October edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- VCA & MCM September e-newsletter
Read the September edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- Masters student wins Allison/Henderson Scholarship
Congratulations to masters student David Soo who has won the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Scholarship - Australia’s most valuable annual piano competition, worth $12,500. Over 40 pianists from around the country entered, and David performed Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat major, Opus 110 at last Friday’s final at the Sydney Conservatorium. Read more.
- CelloXtravaganza: ‘Orchestra of 100 Cellos’ to perform in Melbourne
Cellists of all ages are invited to register for the world premier ‘Orchestra of 100 Cellos’ as part of the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival at the University of Melbourne. Hosted by the MCM in Melba Hall, cellists from around the world will come together in September for three days of public performances and masterclasses. Read more.
The Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne is Australia’s premier music research institution. It enjoys an international reputation for world-class scholarship across all its main disciplinary areas: music therapy, musicology, music psychology, ethnomusicology, performance, composition, and education. Academics at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are leading the field in attracting competitive research funding for music studies, particularly from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
- Musical legacies and futures
Researchers exploring Musical Legacies and Futures extend and constantly reinterpret our current knowledge, our creative and re-creative artistry, and our understanding of our musical future, present and past.
- Music Creation and Performance
Researchers of Music Creation and Performance develop and extend understandings of music performance and composition across a wide range of genres, instruments and cultures.
- Music Health and Wellbeing
Research into the relationship between Music Health and Wellbeing examines how emotions, relationships and identities can be impacted through therapeutic and everyday uses of music with healthy and vulnerable people.
Lyrebird Production was established in 2015 to showcase the artistry, creativity, and research of composers and performers within the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. The creative legacy offered through Lyrebird Production performances delivers the highest standards of sound quality for original works composed and performed by MCM staff and their distinguished colleagues.
The VCA & MCM Research Office is a professional unit within the Faculty that provides a range of services and support to research staff and graduate research students.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious music institution. As the largest community of music students and academics in Australia, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music plays a huge role in the future of our art form.
At the Melbourne Conservatorium we know that a successful career in music not only requires musical skill and passion but also technological literacy and vision, managerial skills, an entrepreneurial streak, and the ability to collaborate with others.
We believe in the power of music and creativity and we are committed to offering qualifications that will set music students up for a significant life in music. We arm our students with the knowledge and opportunity that will help them grow musically, professionally and personally into the musicians that they aspire to become.
Our graduates are confident, independent creative thinkers. They can be found in prominent positions throughout the world and we are proud that they are able to seize opportunities and enjoy successful and satisfying careers.
Our teachers at Melbourne Conservatorium love what they do. All are internationally recognised and well-connected professionals who are committed to challenging and nurturing the next generation. The scope of scholarly knowledge and performance expertise available to our students is also frequently augmented by visits from eminent colleagues from around the globe.
The Melbourne Conservatorium enjoys extensive global networks and boasts an exceptionally high level of performance, all of which puts us at the forefront of music education, teaching and research in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
We invite you to connect with us too, explore this site, engage with our social media, or visit us at the many public events on our two beautiful campuses in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital.
Professor Gary McPherson
Ormond Chair of Music and Director,
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
WOMINJEKA/Welcome to the traditional lands of the Kulin Nations, where we draw on the strength of more than 1000 generations of arts practice.
We respectfully acknowledge the people of the Boon Wurrung and the Woi Wurrung who have danced their dances, sung their songs and lived their culture on this land for tens of thousand of years.