150 point program
1.5 years full-time / part-time unavailable
Students are enroled in their main recital subject (Recital 2) for the duration of the course, and enrol in Recital 1 in the semester they will perform their first recital. Full time students complete their first recital at the end of the second semester of enrolment and the second recital at the conclusion of their third semester.
In addition to Recitals, students attend and contribute to Performance Class and Postgraduate Seminar.
Music Performance student undertake 2 elective subjects during their degree. The following options are available:
Students who are interested in performing can take 2 ensembles for their electives. This option is for students who want to take the opportunity to perform with colleagues from the course or outside of the course. As part of this option students can participate in ensembles at ANAM for credit towards their Masters. ANAM ensembles generally audition in the semester prior to enrolment and there is a call for auditions each semester.
Research Process and Research Essay
Students can take MUSI40064 The Research Process for Musicians and MUSI90185 Research Essay as their 2 elective subjects. This option is designed for students who wish to convert their Masters into a performance PhD.
Students can write a minor thesis of 12,000 words and this counts for 2 electives as it is a 25 point subject. In this subject students are supervised to write their thesis. This option allows for conversion to PhD and is also for students who want to complete their Masters now but are considering applying for a PhD at a later date.
Students can take 2 academic subjects for their electives. This option allows students to pursue academic subjects rather than ensembles to meet their elective requirement.
Conversion to PhD Performance from MMus Performance
It is possible for students enrolled in the MCM's MMus Performance to apply for conversion to a PhD after no less than nine months and no more than one year of candidature (FTE). For an application to be considered, the student must have scored at least a 75 in both Recital 1 and in either Minor Thesis or Research Essay. These marks do not guarantee a successful conversion, however. PhD candidates are expected to be leaders in their field, whose projects "make a significant new contribution to their discipline."
A candidate for a PhD in Performance will submit a final portfolio consisting of an integrated performance/written-research project. These portfolios normally consist of 210 minutes of recorded music supported by a 20-25,000 word thesis or 140 minutes with 40,000 words. The project (both the written and performance components) must represent a substantial and original contribution to knowledge, and the quality of the work should be to a standard such that it could be accepted for publication (e.g., written work could be submitted as a journal article or book chapter, recorded work could be released by a commercial record label).
Successful applicants become confirmed PhD candidates and generally have only two years of candidature left after the conversion process (i.e., three years from matriculation as an MMus student). As such, students who wish to apply for conversion should shape their MMus research from the outset of their postgraduate studies such that it can be incorporated into a PhD project (should conversion be successful). Students whose research during the MMus (written and/or performance) is not of the scope, depth, or quality required for a PhD will not be converted even if they have received the minimum H2A in the MMus.
Students who wish to convert to PhD must first discuss this with their current supervisor(s) and instrumental teacher. Students should be reminded that this may be three separate people: a written supervisor with whom you worked on your minor thesis/research essay, your instrumental teacher, and your registered supervisor (if your instrumental teacher is a sessional staff member, this will be the head of your instrumental area). Supervision of PhD projects is normally carried out by two or more staff members: one from your instrumental area (voice/strings/piano/woodwind/brass/percussion/early music), plus an additional staff member to guide the traditional research component.
An application form must be completed, and must include a thorough research proposal. The proposal must detail plans for both the written component (including number of words) and the creative component (including repertoire, recording medium, number of minutes). The form can be found here: http://gradresearch.unimelb.edu.au/being-a-candidate/making-changes/convert
It is important to note that private lessons are not a formalised part of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music's PhD in Performance. Our research higher degrees are highly independent, self-directed courses of study. All PhD candidates work closely with one or more supervisors, and receive an hour of supervision fortnightly throughout the course of their degree. Candidates typically work closely with a traditional supervisor for written work and a performance supervisor for shaping their performance project and occasional playing feedback, but this does not parallel the usual teacher/student paradigm. The PhD candidate should be at such an advanced state in their craft that regular lessons are not needed.
More information on our PhD can be found here: