Master of Music (Performance Studies) (MMus(PerfSt))

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The Master of Music (Performance Studies) develops advanced levels of expertise in music performance. Majoring in either classical or jazz, students can combine solo, orchestral and collaborative performances with negotiated projects and research to expand their professional skillset for a successful career in music.

Students can develop solo as well as ensemble performance skills.

The Master of Music (Performance Studies) 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. Exhibit expert facility in working within the genres and styles associated with the musical specialisation concerned.
2. Specialised ability to identify and solve problems related to performing, analysing, evaluating, and/or generating ideas about music and music literature, by means of research involving primary and secondary source material, and appropriate research methodologies.
3. Advanced capacity to communicate and present ideas about a range of music and music-making activities in various spoken and written formats, demonstrating an integrated understanding of the history, theory and structure of music and its role as an expressive art.
4. Collaborative skills and artistic rigour and adaptability to explore, create and present music, ideas and information with others, and to collectively leverage deep and 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. Expert understanding of the professional musical world, its musical standards and the context in which the specialisation concerned operates.
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 Studies)

There shall be a Master of Music (Performance Studies).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Music (Performance Studies), 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 36 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 12 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 36 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MUSPERF 7020 Negotiated Project IV 6
MUSPERF 7021 Minor Recital IV 6
MUSPERF 7022 Major Recital IV 12
MUSPERF 7024 Major Recital V 12