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Master of Music Studies (Performance)

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

Language requirements for International candidates

An IELTS level of 6.0 with no component below 6.0 is required for entry to these degrees.

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 Master of Music Studies (Performance) includes: recitals, participation in conducted ensembles and chamber groups and attendance at required seminars. The program of study culminates in the public performance given in PERF5621 Graduate Recital 2.

Collaborative Piano and Repetiteur principal study areas

Collaborative Piano principal study 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 Piano principal study 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 principal study allows accomplished pianists to develop the knowledge and 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 Repetiteur principal study are expected to demonstrate solo performance and accompaniment skills, vocal coaching ability, and show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a repetiteur.

Jazz, Non-Western Performance and Contemporary Music principal study areas

Students studying in these areas will work with Conservatorium staff to develop a cuuriculum relevant to their discipline area within the degree requirements.

Typical Enrolment Pattern

Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3  
PERF5005 Principal Study 1 12 PERF5622 Principal Study 2 6 PERF5623 Principal Study 3 6
ENSE5330 Graduate Chamber Music 1 3 PERF5620 Graduate Recital 1 6 PERF5621 Graduate Recital 2 6
ENSE5320 Ensemble 1 3 CPNO5300 Graduate Recital Preparation 1 or CPNO5303 Graduate Collaborative Piano 1 or ENSE5331 Graduate Chamber Music 2 3 ACCP5301 Graduate Recital Preparation 2 or CPNO5304 Graduate Collaborative Piano 2 or Elective 3
MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance 6 ENSE5321 Ensemble 2 3 ENSE5322 Ensemble 3 3
    Elective 6 Elective 6
  24   24   24