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Master of Music

Music Education

The Master of Music (Music Education) facilitates students’ development of knowledge and research skills relating to the discipline of Music Education. This degree promotes the scholarly interrogation of teaching and learning in a variety of contexts and culminates in the completion of a thesis.

Course structure

The Master of Music (Music Education) degree can be completed in either two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. The first year focusses on the development of research skills and the initial stages of the research project (literature review, ethics application/s and methodology). In the second year, the focus is on collection of data, completion of the research and writing of the thesis.

Candidature includes

  • enrolment in normally 24 credit points of appropriate research method and elective units of study
  • supervised research on an approved topic which includes 24 one-hour sessions or equivalent across each full-time year
  • a confirmation presentation late in the first year of candidature
  • annual progress review (APR)
  • submission of a thesis of 25,000-40,000 words embodying the results of the research

Candidates normally complete the following units of study

  • Two units of study in music education research methods
  • Two units of study chosen from the Conservatorium list of postgraduate electives or approved alternative. With approval, one or more postgraduate electives may be pursued in another Faculty or University School.

Candidates should consult the MMus(MusEd) Program Leader or the Associate Dean (Research Education) for advice on unit of study choices.

Example progression pattern for Master of Music (Music Education)*

Semester 1 Semester 2
With guidance from the supervisory team, work on development of the research project and ethics approvals With guidance from the supervisory team, work on data collection and overall development of the thesis
Research method unit of study Research method unit of study
Postgraduate elective Postgraduate elective
  Confirmation presentation and progress review
Semester 3
  Semester 4
With guidance from the supervisory team, work on development of the thesis   With guidance from the supervisory team, work on completion of the thesis  
    Submit the thesis for examination by end of the final research period  

* This pattern is for a full-time student. For a part-time student the pattern will be adjusted.

Examination of the thesis

The thesis must be submitted no later than the end of your second year of enrolment (or by the end of the part-time equivalent for students proceeding by part-time enrolment). The thesis will be examined in accordance with University of Sydney policy by two approved examiners, including at least one examiner external to the University of Sydney.