The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Inspiring music beyond borders

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no borders. In scholarship, composition and performance our aim is to develop the musician of tomorrow through a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse approach. The School excels in classical, jazz and popular music performance, its internationally renowned ethnomusicology and musicology programs, and vibrant programs in composition, improvisation, and music technology. The School offers overseas study in New York and Prato (Italy), and works in close collaboration with the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) to provide extraordinary performance opportunities. Our graduates are intellectually informed, creatively equipped and professionally geared to engage with the musical challenges of the globalised world of the 21st century.

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

The Bachelor of Music offers several overseas study programs in Prato and New York, and a variety of honours and postgraduate degrees in performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology. The School is also a vital centre for Research and collaborates closely with the Monash Academy of Performing Arts. The wide-ranging undergraduate program has specialisations in classical performance, jazz and popular music, ethnomusicology and musicology, composition and creative music technology (CMT).

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Application information | Auditions | Scholarships and Prizes |
Careers in music | 10 reasons to choose music at Monash | What’s On |
Jazz, Pop Studies, and Creative Music Technology Audition Preparation Course |
Piano and Strings Mega Day | Clarinet Mega Day |

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  • The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music presents Clarinet Mega Day V Sunday 10 September, 2017 8:45 am Registration Closing Concert commences at 4.00pm The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University invites all clarinet players to the fifth annual Clarinet Mega Day. Come along for a day of all things clarinet! Featuring… Read more
  • Are you thinking about doing your Honours with Monash Arts in 2018? Information sessions for will be held this September and October at our Caulfield and Clayton campuses. Please see the listing below for session details. School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics English as an International Language, Languages, Linguistics, Literary Studies Clayton: Wed 13… Read more
  • The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are offering four Emerging Music Prizes valued at $500 each. To be eligible, you must be  21 years or under as of December 31st, 2017 and not be currently enrolled in a tertiary institution.  Monash University Emerging Jazz Composer Prize – $500 Monash University Emerging Jazz Performer Prize –… Read more
  • Finalists for the Australian Music Centre's 2017 Art Music Awards were announced last week, and staff and students from Monash University's Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music feature heavily. The prestigious awards are presented in 11 categories, from large-scale symphonic pieces to instrumental works and experimental projects, and reflect the diverse, high-quality and flourishing Australian music… Read more
  • German conductor and composer Jobst Liebrecht has been invited by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to present his second composition residency program. This follows his successful first residency in 2015. Jobst will be developing new works with the School's undergraduate composers during the the first half of Semester 2, 2017.  Liebrecht studied in Munich… Read more
  • This May the Monash Arts Awards celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of its students over two nights. Over 400 guests attended the undergraduate and postgraduate awards including students, their family and friends, and a number of our generous donors.   The first Awards Night in the month focused on Postgraduate Awardees opened with a welcome from the… Read more
  • In Search of India will feature the official launch of Dr Amit Sarwal’s new book Louise Lightfoot in Search of India: An Australian Dancer’s Experience. Based largely on documents held by the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU), Louise Lightfoot in Search of India tells the story of Australian dancer and producer, Louise Lightfoot and… Read more