Inspiring music of the future
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no boundries. In scholarship, performance, composition and creative music technology our aim is to develop the musician of tomorrow through a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse approach.
The hallmarks of our graduates are a heightened familiarity with recent Australian music and its place in the world, and a consolidated understanding of the importance of diversity in music practice – inclusive of gender, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our students are collaborative, innovative and forward looking. They are our future cultural leaders and custodians of the music of our time.
The School excels in classical, jazz and popular music performance, its internationally renowned ethnomusicology and musicology programs, and vibrant programs in composition and creative music technology. We work in close collaboration with the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) to provide extraordinary performance opportunities in some of the best music venues in Australia. We offer a wide range of scholarships for incoming and ongoing students.
The Bachelor of Music offers overseas study programs specific to music in Prato (Italy) and New York (USA). The wide-ranging undergraduate program has specialisations in classical performance, jazz performance, popular voice, ethnomusicology and musicology, composition and creative music technology (CMT). The School offers honours and postgraduate degrees across all specialisations, and is a vital centre for a wide range of Research.
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News and Events
The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has received a new set of Indonesian musical instruments, believed to be the first in... Read more
Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Professor Margaret Kartomi has won the prestigious research award by the Australia Indonesia Association (AIA), recognising Professor Kartomi’s... Read more
Adjunct Professor John Whiteaok from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has been contracted for a new book, Take Me to Spain: Australian Imaginings of Spain through Music and... Read more
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music welcomes two new appointments, Roman Ponomariov and Samuel Ekkehardt Dunscombe. Read more
On Thursday 8 February, Monash University hosted “Making Connections with the Music of Wonosobo in Java's Dieng Plateau: Interdisciplinary Insights around the Bundegan, a Duck-herd's Zither”, a one-day international symposium, exhibition... Read more
As a Faculty, we have had an excellent year of achievement in education. Both Dr Jonathan McIntosh and Associate Professor Kirsten McLean were recipients of Australian Awards for University teaching and... Read more
Dr Salvatore Rossano, an adjunct research fellow in ethnomusicology and musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been awarded the 2018 National Folk Fellowship. About the fellowship... Read more
Dr Paul Watt’s new book, The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England, is published today. The book examines the ways in which music journalism was professionalised... Read more
Melbourne trombonist James Macaulay has taken out top honours at the 2017 National Jazz Awards, with trumpeter Niran Dasika as runner up. Both are graduates of the Sir Zelman Cohen School of Music. Current... Read more