Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy) (MMus(PerfPed))

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This program develops advanced levels of expertise in pedagogy (learning, teaching and related processes) and performance while developing a thorough understanding of their relationship. Graduates commence dual careers as performers in one or more specialist branches such as solo performance, chamber music or orchestral playing, and secondly as teachers able to function successfully in a wide variety of settings and circumstances.

The Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy) is an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Advanced understanding of the range of contexts that underlie the creation and/or performance of music, and its theoretical underpinnings. Expert knowledge of pedagogical principles that enable insightful verbal commentary to be made concerning the purposes, challenges and contexts of repertoire. Expert understanding of best practice in instrumental and vocal pedagogy.
2. Specialised ability to identify and solve problems in performing, analysing, evaluating, and/or generating ideas about music and music education literature, by means of research involving primary and secondary source material, and appropriate research methodologies.
3. Capacity to analyse, interpret and transmit knowledge about a range of music and music-making activities in various spoken and written formats including lecture recitals. Advanced ability to design creative and thorough lesson plans and units of study to deliver high quality teaching.
4. Collaborative skills and adaptability to explore, create and present music, ideas and information with others, and to collectively leverage integrated subject understanding to negotiate solutions for complex problems as they arise.
5. Career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for professional practice, including proficiency in relevant technology as well as managerial, negotiation and organisational skills.
6. Critical analysis of social, cultural and ethical issues in music and music-making and ability to operate with an ethical awareness and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
7. Advanced capacity for self-appraisal and expert judgement as well as respect and responsibility for sustained and productive relationships as appropriate for leading professional practice.

Condition of admission: Students will be required to audition.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.
Interruption of program:
Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy)

There shall be a Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 48 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 48 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MUSEP 7001 Pedagogy Research Seminar IV 6
MUSEP 7002 Pedagogy Practicum IV 6
MUSEP 7003 Performance and Pedagogy IV A 6
MUSEP 7004 Performance and Pedagogy IV B 6
MUSEP 7005 Pedagogy Research Seminar V 6
MUSEP 7006 Pedagogy Practicum V 6
MUSEP 7007 Performance and Pedagogy V 12