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 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 and composition and music technology. 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 Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University is pleased to continue the Allan Zavod Performers’ Award in 2018 for an outstanding performer of an original composition that fuses classical and improvisatory performance and compositional elements. Read more
PhD student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Ian Parsons recently won the Arts Faculty Three-Minute-Thesis competition for his pitch of a Lacanian analysis of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 7-day opera cycle Licht (Light). Read more
High achieving students from across the Faculty of Arts were celebrated this week at the annual Monash Arts Awards ceremony, showcasing the outstanding academic talent within the faculty, supported by generous donors. Read more
Monash Indonesianist, and theatre and music scholar, Dr Karen Thomas and film editor Salvatore Rossano’s short film on the music of Indonesia’s Riau Islands featured at the 2018 Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France earlier this month. The film was screened by an audience of around 120, with a Q and A session and critical discussion of the… Read more
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 the world outside Indonesia, bought from Professor Margaret Kartomi's latest ARC Discovery grant. 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 almost 50 years of outstanding service to Australian Indonesian relations. The research award recognises outstanding achievements and contributions that foster an understanding and friendship between Australians and… 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 Dance, 1820s–1970s. Take Me to Spain is a history of the many ways that people living in pre-multicultural Australia have been ‘taken’, ‘carried’ or ‘transported’ in imagination… Read more
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music welcomes two new appointments, Roman Ponomariov and Samuel Ekkehardt Dunscombe. Read more