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 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)

Anzac concert rehearsal, ABC Building, Southbank: Photo Sav Schulman, 2014

Lyrebird Productions

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.

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Research Office

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.

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Music therapist Rodrigo Quiroga with patients at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Photo: Sav Schulman, 2012

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.

Prof Gary McPherson - Ponch Hawkes, 2012

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.

Our history, staff and facilities