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.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music hosts a regular series of concerts by students and staff, as well as high profile Australian and international guests.
- VCA & MCM May e-newsletter
Read the May edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- Chopin, the Nazis, and the Spanish piano
The piano on which Chopin composed his Preludes had an afterlife involving a Polish-French pianist and confiscation by the Nazis during the Second World War, writes Honorary Principal Fellow Dr Pau...
- Songwriting as solace
Making music helps people come to terms with traumatic life changes writes music therapist Professor Felicity Baker. Read more via The Conversation.
- Music and the brain
Professor Felicity Baker's music therapy is helping treat people suffering with brain damage and diseases like Alzheimer's. She spoke to TODAY about the effects music can have on the brain. Watch t...
- Saturday 7:30pmThe University of Melbourne Symphony
- The purple reign is over: long live Prince’s legacy
Prince was an icon of R&B, funk and jazz who went against tide as we know it, creating a new context for pop music. Associate Professor Mark Pollard pays his respects via Pursuit.
- Wednesday 7:30pmMimir Chamber Music Festival: Mozart, Respighi and Fauré
- Friday 7:30pmMimir Chamber Music Festival: Beethoven, Bates and Brahms
- Sunday 3:00pmMimir Chamber Music Festival: Turina, Debussy and Schubert
- VCA & MCM April e-newsletter
Read the April edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- VCA & MCM alumni big winners in 33rd Green Room Awards
Alumni of the Faculty of VCA & MCM were among the big winners in the 33rd annual Green Room Awards on Monday night, which recognised outstanding work in Melbourne’s performing arts.
- VCA & MCM March e-newsletter
Read the March edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- On a positive note: Songwriting as a therapy method
In creating music we can share something of our experiences and ourselves – a notion explored by Professor Felicity Baker in therapeutic songwriting. Read more via Pursuit.
- Resident string quartet established at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The Ormond String Quartet will feature performance staff from the Melbourne Conservatorium, with the goal of presenting chamber music performances at the highest international standard.
- Dr Julian Yu receives 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award
The 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award has been awarded to multi-award-winning composer and Honorary Fellow Dr Julian Yu for his symphonic suite For our Natural World.
- Transforming music performance
Researchers led by Professor Gary McPherson, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Ormond Chair, believe a new study will refute the popular notion that hours of deliberate practice...
- Questions to ask your teenager about music and mental health
Talking to your children about their music taste can provide valuable insight into their mental health, writes Professor Katrina McFerran, Head of Music Therapy at the MCM. Read more via The Conver...
- 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 ...
- 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 e...
- 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, makin...
- 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.
- Video: Art, identity and the Chinese diaspora
Filmmaker Natalie Cunningham explores the intersection of music and cultural identity with indie pop songstress Sophie Koh. Watch on Pursuit.
- VCA & MCM December e-newsletter
Read the December edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- David Irving elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Dr David Irving (Senior Lecturer at the MCM) is one of 23 scholars elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities ...
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.