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 Conservatorium staff and their distinguished colleagues.

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National Music Therapy Research Unit

The National Music Therapy Research Unit (NaMTRU) promotes research into all aspects of music therapy and to provide a research milieu in which graduate students can be supported and inspired to conduct research studies in music therapy.


Music therapist Dr Jeanette Tamplin working with a patient.
Music therapist Rodrigo Quiroga with patients at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Photo: Sav Schulman, 2012

Research Office

The Fine Arts and Music 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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Graduate research

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers a range of graduate research programs across a breadth of disciplines. Our core research degrees, the Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy, give students the opportunity to pursue independent music research in both traditional and practice-led environments.

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