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Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

The Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) is designed to extend candidates' technical mastery of their instrument or voice while deepening their knowledge of repertoire and performance practice. This program may be taken in any of the Conservatorium's instrumental areas, including orchestral and solo instruments, voice, early music and jazz.

Language requirements for International candidates

An IELTS level of 6.0 with no component below 6.0 is required for entry to this degree.

Course structures

The required units of study for this award indicate the practical focus placed on performance as both a soloist and member of a musical ensemble.

Candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Music (Performance) includes one recital, participation in conducted ensembles and chamber groups, and attendance at required seminars.

Collaborative Piano and Repetiteur streams

The Collaborative Piano stream is designed to provide high-quality experience in accompaniment for those students who have begun to work towards a career as a collaborative pianist. Students gain experience in chamber music, instrumental duo, vocal accompaniment, choral accompaniment and orchestral keyboard, with a wide range of repertoire studied.

Students auditioning for the Collaborative stream are expected to demonstrate ability and experience in accompanying and ensemble playing, some familiarity with standard keyboard and instrumental literature, as well as proficiency in sight reading.

The Repetiteur stream allows accomplished pianists to develop the knowledge skills which professional opera companies require of repetiteurs: repertoire, score reading, languages, vocal coaching, and where appropriate work with singers and producers in opera encounters and production as part of the ensemble program.

Students auditioning for the Repetiteur stream are expected to demonstrate solo performance and accompaniment skills, vocal coaching ability, and show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a repetiteur.

Typical Enrolment Patterns

The following tables show normal full-time enrolment patterns for the Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance).

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance)

Semester 1   Semester 2  
PERF5005 Principal Study 1 12 PERF5622 Principal Study 2 6
ENSE5330 Graduate Chamber Music 1 3 PERF5620 Graduate Recital 1 6
ENSE5320 Ensemble 1 3 CPNO5300 Graduate Recital Preparation 1 OR CPNO5303 Graduate Collaborative Piano 1 OR ENSE5331 Graduate Chamber Music 2 3
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance 6 ENSE5321 Ensemble 2 3
    Elective 6
  24   24

Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) - Collaborative, Repetiteur and Jazz

Semester 1   Semester 2  
PERF5005 Principal Study 1 12 PERF5622 Principal Study 2 6
ENSE5015 Graduate Ensemble 1 6 PERF5620 Graduate Recital 1 6
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance 6 ENSE5016 Graduate Ensemble 2 6
    ENSE5017 Graduate Ensemble 3 OR Elective 6
  24   24