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.
We offer a broad range of undergraduate and graduate study opportunities.
- Areas of specialisation
We bring together an extensive range of creative disciplines.
Discover the wide range of Breadth on offer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
- Short courses
Discover our wide range of short courses for teens and adults, from novice to experienced.
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music hosts a regular series of concerts by students and staff, as well as high profile Australian and international guests.
- Tuesday 7:00pmMCM Medieval and Renaissance Ensemble
- Wednesday 7:00pmMCM Baroque Orchestra and Early Voices Ensemble
- Thursday 5:30pmBook Launch: Music Therapy With Families
- Thursday 7:00pmNew Music Studio: New Music Demystified: Barrie Webb
- Friday 1:00pmPercussion Ensemble Concert
- Friday 7:00pmMCM Chamber Choir
- Monday 7:00pmMCM Gamelan Ensemble: “The Final Gong” Concert
- Thursday 7:30pmGuitar Perspectives 2016 Series - MCM Student Showcase
- Saturday 8:00pmOutliers # 1: GL, Woodes, elkkle
- Sunday 2:00pmThree: New Sonatas by Stuart Greenbaum
- Interactive Composition: Folio Live
- Behind the scenes with Melbourne Guitar Festival director and alumnus Michael McManus
At this year’s Melbourne International Guitar Festival, local classical guitarists will come face to face with some of the world’s best classical players. As a director and founder of the MGF, alum...
- The Keys to a Baroque Emotional Treasure Chest
Frederic Kiernan, PhD candidate and researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, explores Parisian composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier's baroque opera La descente d’Orphée ...
- Monique diMattina: ‘I wanted to be the best jazz piano player ever’
Singer/songwriter, radio personality and in-demand session alumna pianist Monique diMattina discusses her life and upcoming performance at the Big Blowout festival. Read the article via Pursuit.
- Opera: The Art of Emotions
Professor Jane Davidson, Associate Dean and deputy director of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, talks opera and emotions ahead of the Opera: The Art of Emotions conference. Read more via...
- Friday 7:30pmKevin Suherman Piano
- Six student entrepreneurship grants awarded to MCM students
In 2016, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music launched IgniteLab, a world-class program of career development and entrepreneurship. IgniteLab recently funded 6 students to curate and create entrep...
- Melbourne's 'Doctor Who' synthesiser EMS Synthi 100 given engineering heritage award
The sounds it makes are straight out of science fiction, but a rare synthesiser housed at Melbourne University has been recognised as an historic piece of engineering heritage. Read more via ABC News.
- International Conference: Instrument of Change - The International Rise of the Guitar (1870 - 1945)
- Friday 7:30pmInstruments of Change: Doug de Vries and Friends
- Monday 6:00pmNew Music Studio: Stuart Greenbaum at 50
- University of Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre announce ‘learning partnership’
The University of Melbourne has become Melbourne Recital Centre’s new ‘Learning Partner’ and will collaborate on research, teaching and learning, and engagement activities. Read the media release.
- Instrumental reward of the harpsichord
Dr Erin Helyard has been praised as a virtuosic soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor. Here he talks opera, harpsichord and music education via Pursuit.
- VCA & MCM July e-newsletter
Read the July edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.
- Let’s rework our approach with ‘angry young people’
18-year-old David Ali Sonboly shot and killed strangers in his local shopping centre in Munich. What lessons can we learn about working with young people? Music therapist Professor Kat McFerran off...
- University welcomes support for music education in Southbank
The University of Melbourne has welcomed this morning’s State Government announcement that will pave the way for the construction of a state-of-the-art building for the Melbourne Conservatorium of ...
- Womin Jeka: a choir with the desire to inspire
Sopranos Deborah Cheetham AO and Shauntai Batzke are leading a unique choral performance at the University of Melbourne of a song in the Woi Wurrung language. Read more via Pursuit.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
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.