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.
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Mitch Beric...Melba HallEvent
- Thursday 6:00pmGraduate Certificate of Arts and Comm...Founders' GalleryEvent
- Friday 6:00pmSpecial Event: SYNTHI 100John Hopkins RoomEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Student Per...Melba HallEvent
- Acclaimed Indigenous artist Richard Frankland joins the VCA & MCM
One of Australia’s foremost Indigenous artists, Richard Frankland, has joined the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) at the University of Melbourne, as Head of Curriculum & Programs. Professor Barry Conyngham, Dean of the Faculty of the VCA & MCM, said the Wilin Centre has connected Indigenous artists with a pathway to their future ...News
- Sunday 5:00pmThe University of Melbourne OrchestraMelbourne Recital CentreEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Neil McLarenMelba HallEvent
- Melbourne International Trumpet FestivalVariousEvent
- Saturday 2:00pmMCM New Music Ensemble: A Birtwistle ...Melba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Melbourne C...Melba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: The Sound o...Melba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Kristian ChongMelba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Igor Machla...Event
- Monday 6:30pmNew Music Demystified: Cellist Friedr...Melba HallEvent
- Composition ConcertsMelba HallEvent
- Friday 7:30pmAlumni Series: Art Rock and Beyond - ...Melba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Winds of Ch...Melba HallEvent
- Wednesday 7:30pmThe University of Melbourne OrchestraMelbourne Recital CentreEvent
- Saturday 7:00pmMCM Brass EnsemblesMelba HallEvent
- Monday 1:10pmFree Lunch Hour Concerts: Til the Bla...Melba HallEvent
- Reconciliation Week 2015Southbank Campus - Faculty of...Event
- Wednesday 7:30pmWinds of ChangeMelba HallEvent
- Thursday 7:30pmMCM Guitar EnsembleMelba HallEvent
- Friday 5:00pmWorld Music ConcertMelba HallEvent
- Sunday 9:00amBACH CANTATA BWV 71 – GOTT IS MEIN KÖNIGSt Johns SouthgateEvent
- Friday 1:00pmPercussion Ensembles ConcertJohn Hopkins Room (Room 113)Event
- Can the use of music change parts of our personality?
Music Therapist and Coordinator of Clinical Training at MCM, Jason Kenner spoke with Radio National about a new research study that will explore how the act of making music in a group might help people with borderline personality disorder.Listen at Radio NationalNews
- $26M art donation for new contemporary Australian art museum at the University of Melbourne, Southbank
In one of the most significant acts of arts philanthropy to an Australian university, property developer and passionate art collector, Michael Buxton, has donated his private contemporary Australian art collection to the University of Melbourne. The Michael Buxton Collection features more than 300 works by 53 of the country’s most significant Australian contemporary artists, including Howard Arkley, Ricky Swallow, Tracey Moffat, Emily Floyd, Patricia Piccinini and Bill Henson. The Col...News
- Australian Cultural John Monash Scholar 2015 awarded to alumna
Alumna Alies Sluiter (Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance, 2003) has been made the Australian Cultural John Monash Scholar 2015. The $60,000 per year award offers Ms Sluiter the opportunity to travel to the USA to study a Master of Fine Arts (Film) from Columbia University. Since graduating from VCA Ms Sluiter has worked as a composer for feature films, documentaries, television, music theatre, theatre and dance productions.More information about the Sir John Monash Foundation Awards.News
- No pain, no gain? The abuse of power in Whiplash is unacceptable
By Professor Katrina McFerran Whiplash, the new film written and directed by American Damien Chazelle, is billed as a drama about an ambitious young drummer and his terrifying teacher. The older teacher is said to “discover” the 19 year-old jazz player, and then “push him to the brink” of his ability. I would paint the picture a little differently and say that Whiplash illustrates the impact of an egotistical, artistic, control freak in a position of power over ...News
- Schools to change their tune about music learning, expert says
Schools to change their tune about music learning, expert says Building strong learning cultures and communities in schools through music is the focus of ‘Creating Music Cultures in Schools’, a book to be launched at the University Of Melbourne on Monday. Music therapist and researcher Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran explores the powerful influence music programs can have on students’ wellbeing and connectedness in schools. “Musicians have an important role to pla...News
- Tiriki Onus wins new Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship for possum skin cloak project
The perpetual fellowship, named in honour of Darvell Hutchinson AM who this year retired after 50 years’ leadership of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, was established with a $1 million grant from the Trust. The first-of-its-kind Fellowship will be awarded annually, and enables a Victorian Indigenous artist to undertake a $45,000 one-year residency at the University of Melbourne to complete a project of their choice. Tiriki Onus is a Yorta Yorta man, the son of celebrated artist and ...News
- Albert H. Maggs Composition Award 2014
Australian composer Tim Dargaville has been awarded the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award 2014.The award is provided as a commission for Australian composers for the creation of a musical work of a substantial nature. He will receive $7,000 to write a new work which is then accquired by the University of Melbourne's Louise Hanson Dyer Library. The award also includes $3,000 to support a public performance of the new piece. Mr Dargaville said, "I feel honoured to be awarded this opport...News
- University of Melbourne researchers recognised in ARC awards
The University of Melbourne has received $32.2 million to advance research projects ranging from climate change and extreme weather, to multiculturalism and the Australian legal system and musical practice in funding results announced today. Funding received by the University comprised $22.4 million for 57 Discovery Projects, $7.1 million for 20 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and $2.7 million in the Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme. Three projects at the...News
- Alumna Kathryn Radcliffe wins 90th Herald Sun Aria Competition
Alumna, soprano Kathryn Radcliffe (Bachelor of Music Performance Honours, 2010) has won the 90th Herald Sun Aria Competition.Radcliffe performed works by Donizetti and Verdi in Hamer Hall, competing with five other finalists including MCM alumna Olivia Cranwell. The prestigious award includes $12,500 cash and a $22,000 scholarship for international tuition and travel.More on the Herald Sun websiteNews
- MCM Lecturer recognised in national teaching award
Lecturer in Musicology, Dr Melanie Plesch is one of four staff at The University of Melbourne to be recognised in the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching. Dr Plesch was awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 'for sustained commitment to fostering a culture of research-led performance by creating relevant experiences that help music students see the connection between research and performance.' The awards are conferred by the Australian Government's Off...News
- New symphony for ANZAC centenary
Watch the video of the performance Louise Bennet talks to one of Australia’s most celebrated composers who has just marked his 70th birthday with the debut of his latest composition, ANZAC, at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Barry Conyngham had a late start for a composer, barely writing a note before his 20s. “I was a jazz musician during my first couple of years studying law at university until I heard all of Bartók’s six string quartets played by the worl...News
- World-renowned musicians convene in Melbourne for Mimir
Celebrated string musicians from the LA Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Cavani String Quartet will convene this week for a series of public performances and masterclasses. The festival, at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), is part of the 2014 Mimir Chamber Music Festival (1-7 September). Mimir is a leading classical music event founded in America in 1998 by Dr Curt Thompson, who was appointed as Head of Strings at the Melbourne...News
- Australian composer Barry Conyngham premieres new work
Australian composer and Dean of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Barry Conyngham, will premiere his new composition ANZAC in Melbourne this weekend. ANZAC will be conducted by Brett Dean and performed by the University of Melbourne Orchestra in the Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank. It features nine soloists from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music staff. Mr Conyngham said as a composer he relied on exceptional musicians. “Virtually ...News
- Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe dies aged 85
Acclaimed Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe AO MBE (BMus - 1951, Dmus - 1989) died at age 85 last Friday 8 August at the Wolper Jewish Hospital in Woollahra, after a long battle with illness. Sculthorpe studied music at the University of Melbourne from 1946 to 1950, and later won a scholarship which enabled him to study further in the UK. He spent much of his adult life as an academic at Sydney University, at one point teaching the Dean of the Faculty of VCA and MCM, Professor Barry ...News
- Professor Gary McPherson's study into children’s musical identity
Professor Gary McPherson had a study published last month in the journal Psychology of Music, reporting on a ten year longitudinal study of children’s musical identity, their instrumental practice, and subsequent achievement and motivation for playing music. The study, also conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales, has found that while sustained instrumental practice is key to achieving high levels of ability, long-term musical ambitions are equally important. T...News
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.View
- 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.View
- 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.View
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.
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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.