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University of Melbourne

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of Music (Performance Teaching)

The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) prepares you to become a leader in music education as a performer-teacher. You will participate in a range of learning opportunities, connected to the study of Western classical and contemporary music, taught by internationally renowned experts.

The course acknowledges the changing landscape of the music professional and will prepare you to work in schools, studios, community programs,  private provider and further education settings, both locally, nationally and internationally. Our graduates are highly sought after as instrumental, vocal and ensemble teachers.

The course has two specialisations:

The Instrumental Specialisation prepares students for school-based instrumental/vocal teaching using individual or group instruction, and includes three professional placements and a specific focus on conducting and orchestration.

The Studio Specialisation prepares students for private studio-based instrumental/vocal teaching, and includes two professional placements and a focus on instrumental pedagogy.


In addition to professional placements, you will have access to advanced music performance tuition, the opportunity to participate in second instrument studies and ensemble participation throughout the degree. All the while developing a personalised awareness of pedagogy specific to performance teaching within the learning process.

Professional practice is an important component of the program and is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes. This area of study relates to a range of elective subjects that keep you abreast of the latest practical, theoretical and research areas in music performance and music education.

Specialist pedagogical subjects, combined with individual lessons, enable you to acquire a deeper understanding of teaching issues that are specific to music performance. We encourage you to develop your own philosophy which will shape your teaching practice. Importantly the skills and knowledge covered in the course give you  a range of approaches to use with confidence as you teach music performance at all levels, and in many environments.

Campus Information

Parkville campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

After Offer Acceptance, student receives ECOE ( Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment) and therafter visa is lodged.
Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.

Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.

We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.

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We run a range of workshops, seminars and events to help support your skill development and employability.

About Careers and Employability

We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.

When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.

No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.

At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:

  • Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
  • Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
  • Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
  • Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
  • During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).

These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.

Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.

How we can help you

We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.

We support you to:

  • Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
  • Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
  • Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
  • Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
  • Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
  • Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
  • Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.

The course is strongly connected to the major examination providers: the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority for music curriculum (VCAA). Guest presenters from these areas regularly visit campus to share the latest knowledge and developments with students.

The course also values the importance of music advocacy in schools and studios, and works closely with key professional associations, such as Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), and Association of Music Educators Victoria (AMUSE) while also engaging a range of organisations such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO) who work closely with Conservatorium staff.

Importantly, many of the teaching staff in the course are currently involved in collaboration and leadership across a range of international and national music associations, which ensures that students in the program are always aware of key research and initiatives.

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 years PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree, either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university overseas. You also need to meet English language requirements and be eligible to be offered an international graduate place.
  • If you've achieved high marks in your Melbourne undergraduate studies you can even be made an early offer. Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your studies at the University.

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

  • Course Code: 076226J
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 52948 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD
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