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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Music - Conservatorium
Campus(es)Clayton

Description

Music at Monash comprises the areas of composition, ethnomusicology, musicology and performance, and music studies.

Students may choose to complete a postgraduate program in music that is musicology-oriented, ethnomusicology-oriented, composition-oriented, music education-oriented, or performance oriented, or a combination of these. Facilities are available for the supervision of research candidates in most of the main areas of music, including historical and systematic musicology and ethnomusicology, music education, music performance and music composition.

The school's concentration is on:

  • 19th and 20th-century music
  • composition and music technology
  • contemporary music
  • dance studies
  • European (Western), Asian and Australian music
  • music education
  • music of South, East and Southeast Asia and Africa
  • music semiotics
  • music-dance relationships
  • organology
  • popular and folk music.

Composition

The Monash School of Music - Conservatorium has one of the finest composition programs in Australia in terms of works composed and performed by staff and students. The school also offers performance opportunities dedicated to the development and performance of works written by its students. Composition students will have access to a wide range of facilities at various levels of sophistication in computer music, studio recording, and electronic music. They can also be involved with the sonic art group, which is a studio-based ensemble for composition students interested in electronic and computer music.

Ethnomusicology and musicology

The programs in music studies are designed for musicians who wish to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music. Students can acquire skills in research methods and techniques and develop the capacity for critical reflection and informed assessment in the area of music specialisation. Vocational outcomes include musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian music.

Performance

The School of Music - Conservatorium is involved in presenting sixty to seventy concerts a year by students, staff and outside artists. They include many large-scale choral/orchestral and small-scale solo and chamber music concerts of music from countries in all continents. The concerts are widely advertised as part of the Monash performing and visual arts activities and are presented mainly in the excellent venues of the Monash Arts Precinct (which comprises the Robert Blackwood Hall, Music Auditorium, Alexander Theatre, and Drama Theatre, as well as the Religious Centre) but also in the city of Melbourne, and overseas.

The school offers many major concerts of choral and orchestral works as well as solo, chamber and small ensemble concerts. The large ensembles in the school and their vibrant public concert seasons include performers from across the faculties of the University and from the external community. They include the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Monash Sinfonia (string orchestra), the Monash Wind Symphony, the Monash Viva VoceChoral ensemble, re-sound (a contemporary music group), and the Monash Gamelan Orchestra. There are also several chamber groups. In recent years, the school's choirs and orchestras have toured Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Music studies

The programs in music studies are designed for musicians who wish to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music. Students can acquire skills in research methods and techniques and develop the capacity for critical reflection and informed assessment in the area of music specialisation. Vocational outcomes include musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian music.

Relevant Courses

  • 3068 Graduate Diploma in Music
  • 3071 Graduate Diploma in Music Studies
  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 3069 Master of Music
  • 3070 Master of Music Studies
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 3059 Master of Arts (Music Performance)*
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 3063 Master of Arts (Music Composition)*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 4067 Doctor of Philosophy (Music Composition)*

* By research.