Master in Music - Máster en Música
The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is a specialist coursework degree enabling graduates in Western classical and contemporary music to work as performer-teachers in a variety of situations including community, private provider and further education settings and as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools.
The course provides advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies, ensemble participation and conducting, alongside performance teaching pedagogy studies (with associated professional practice) and a comprehensive range of elective subjects. The course also offers the opportunity for Primary Level Suzuki Teacher Accreditation through an elective subject.
The course will prepare graduates for the diverse range of instrumental and vocal music teaching settings found in the community and schools both in Australia and overseas and will enable students to obtain advanced standing with a range of Grad.Dip.Ed. providers (subject to the discretion of the relevant educational provider), creating a pathway to VIT teacher registration upon completion of a Grad.Dip.Ed.
The Selection Committee for the MMus(PerfTchng) course will evaluate applicants using the following criteria:
completion of a BMus degree with an average grade of at least 65% in the final year; or
completion of a three-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than music, and successful completion of the University of Melbourne GradDipMusic (Practical Music); or
for applicants without a prior undergraduate degree, completion of the current University of Melbourne GradDipMus (Practical Music) combined with documented relevant professional performance experience of at least five years; or
a Bachelor of Fine Arts ( Contemporary Music – Improvisation) with at least H3 (65%) average in the final year or equivalent and a mark of at least 70% in your final performance exam; or
an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than music and a concurrent Diploma in Music (Practical), together with an additional 50 points of appropriate academic music study;
satisfactory completion of an audition
Music Learning, Teaching and Research (12.5)
Performing to Teach 1 (12.5)
The Teacher as Conductor (12.5)
Elective 1 (12.5)
Evidence-Based Performance Teaching (12.5)
Performing to Teach 2 (12.5)
Second Instrument/Vocal Study 1 (6.25)
Professional Practice 1 (6.25)
Elective 2 (12.5)
Applied Instrumental and Vocal Teaching (12.5)
Music Performance Curriculum and Assessment (12.5)
Second Instrument/Vocal Study 2 (6.25)
Professional Practice 2 (6.25)
Elective 3 (12.5)
Elective Subjects (37.5 points) provide students with opportunities to acquire further new knowledge and skills in pedagogically relevant music subjects. In addition, one or more elective subjects, some in combination with one of the core subjects, will form the 25 credit points of research project or specialisation required for a Masters Coursework degree. The elective subject(s) forming the research project or specialisation would normally be undertaken in the second and third semesters of the course.
MUSI90013 Advances in Music TechnologyThis program involves evaluation and application of new and recent instructional hardware and software for music educational use. Sessions will cover a range of issues which focus on three conceptual dimensions: the ways in which the computer can...
MUSI90145 Applied Physiology for MusiciansStudents will develop a body of knowledge that includes basic principles of physiology, anatomy and somatic learning (Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes), which are applicable to performing and teaching music performance. Students...
MUSI90046 Arranging for Band
MUSI90015 Band DirectionThis course is designed to provide instruction in the vital aspects of the band director´s role. It is a course in which most benefit is gained by careful study of preparatory materials, active participation in class, and individual work...
MUSI90014 Choral Direction
MUSI90148 EnsembleStudents will develop their skills as contributing members of a musical ensemble and apply their performance skills as ensemble players. Instrumental and vocal students will participate in ensembles and performances as approved by the Faculty and...
MUSI90182 Musical Engagement
MUSI90174 Musical Futures
MUSI90003 Orchestral Conducting
MUSI90052 Professional Research ProjectThis subject is undertaken over the course of 2 (usually consecutive) semesters. This subject involves students undertaking a small-scale research project in school settings or studio teaching or in an area of relevance to their work as music...
Teaching Aural Musicianship
Teaching World Music
On completion of this course, graduates will be able to demonstrate
a high standard of performance on their selected instrument or voice as required of a teacher of music performance;
a professional level of expertise and competence as an instrumental or vocal music teacher;
excellent communication skills in diverse contexts including clear articulation of the issues concerning instrumental or vocal music teaching and performance;
an applied understanding of research principles and methods applicable to music performance learning and teaching and including skills in critical reflection, writing and artistic communication;
the application of the links between planning, teaching and evaluating for learning in the context of music performance;
a range of teaching approaches and the use of a variety of technologies in the delivery of instrumental or vocal individual lessons that will serve to foster independent, reflective, motivated and cooperative learning;
a mature engagement with and understanding of the principles of teamwork in collaborative music making;
an enhanced ability to apply their expertise in music performance teaching to a range of individual students with specific needs and from culturally diverse backgrounds;
a commitment to developing and refining their performance and teaching practices; and
a coherent personal philosophy of instrumental or vocal music teaching