The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

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. 

Find out about our Bachelor of Music or about studying a music major in the Bachelor of Arts.

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

  • 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
  • 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 of rare Indonesian musical instruments, and concert of music and dance. The new Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) exhibition was launched by Mr IIwan Freddy… Read more
  • James Zong is a classical pianist studying a Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Laws double degree which allows him to combine the expertise, skills and knowledge of a law degree with training in the entertainment and music industries. He recently performed at Carnegie Hall after winning the East Coast International Competition in America.  … 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 we had unprecedented success in the Vice Chancellor awards with five recipients across the education categories. Vice Chancellor’s awards Dr James Roffee, Vice Chancellor's Award for… 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 The National Folk Fellowship is a significant award that brings together the research and performance components of folk music in Australia, providing a rich musical context… Read more