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Master of Music Studies (Conducting)

The Master of Music Studies (Conducting) is a four-semester postgraduate coursework degree for the training of conductors to a level that allows them to seek professional placement with music ensembles. The degree program combines detailed study of conducting techniques, in-house experience of working with ensembles and conductors, and supporting academic units of study to produce comprehensively prepared conductors.

Language requirements for international candidates

An IELTS level of 7.0 with no component below 6.5 is required for entry to this degree.

Course structure

Candidature includes: lessons, master classes and workshops in conducting; participation in seminar subjects selected to support the training of conductors; design and implementation of an individual student project, research methodology, and performances as required. Students may apply to the course coordinator to take a language study in place of one or two units of study.

The program of study culminates in the 4th semester examined performance, a concert of 30 to 45 minutes to be conducted by the candidate (PERF5035).

Typical enrolment pattern

The following table shows a typical full-time enrolment.

Semester 1   Semester 2  
PERF5026 Conducting 1 12 PERF5027 Conducting 2 12
PERF5030 Keyboard Skills 6 PERF5028 Ensemble Experience 1 6
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance 6 PERF5023 Graduate Aural Perception 6
  24   12
Semester 3   Semester 4  
PERF5034 Conducting 3 12 PERF5035 Conducting 4 12
PERF5029 Ensemble Experience 2 6 PERF5036 Ensemble Experience 3 6
PERF5032 Individual Project 1 6 PERF5033 Individual Project 2 6
  24   12


Master of Music Studies (Conducting)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Master of Music Studies (Conducting)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

This master's degree is an advanced learning master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to candidature requires:
a master's degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or
a pass bachelor's degree with a credit average, or an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or
an award of graduate diploma from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline as determined by the faculty; or
completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma or graduate certificate in an appropriate discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; and
successful completion of an audition; test of aural skills and musical capabilities; and an interview.

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table Music Studies (Conducting).
To qualify for the award of the Master of Music Studies (Conducting) a candidate must complete 96 credit points, including:
Core advanced units of study; and
A capstone experience as defined in the table of units of study.
Candidates may also apply to undertake an optional 12 credit points of research as part of their degree.

6 Examination

For each semester of the degree the Faculty shall appoint an examination panel comprising three members (excluding the Principal Study teacher) to assess the candidate's performance in principal study units.

7 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.