10 Reasons to Choose Music at Monash

1. A Curriculum Full of Music

Our Bachelor of Music degree provides a unique blend of subjects in performance,  musicology, composition and creative music technology. You can elect to take subjects from other departments within the Arts Faculty in an elective stream, or just fill your degree up with more music. 

2. Flexibility of Combined Degrees

We offer double degrees that combine the Bachelor of Music with Arts,  Commerce,  Education (Honours), Laws (Honours)  and Science. Undertaking a double degree with Music is unique to Monash and is not offered by any other universities in Melbourne.

3. Outstanding Staff Active in the Industry

The staff at Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are unique in the way they combine outstanding scholarship with brilliant and current performance experience. Staff perform regularly nationally and internationally, and have studied in the most prestigious  universities around Australia or overseas, including Royal Academy of Music in London, the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the University of California San Diego. You will see music staff perform on campus and in Melbourne’s leading venues.

4. A Supportive Environment

We offer 1 on 1 instrumental teaching to develop your solo and ensemble performance skills, alongside academic subjects that engage the most up to date pedagogies that encourage a more personal approach to learning. Our staff are proactive in helping you develop skills particular to your needs, and are focused on growing music culture where gender, socio-economic and cultural diversity are supported and encouraged. We aim to make our auditions stress-free and encourage you to make an appointment to visit our staff at any time if you’re interested in studying for a higher degree.

5. Performance Opportunities

We make a strong effort to give students the opportunity to perform with staff, each other and leading musicians that visit the school. In the past, our students have performed with artists including Slava Grigoryan, Carla Bley, Lior, David Krakauer, Andrea Keller and Charles Loyd. Many students perform at The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Melbourne Recital Centre, Mount Macedon, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Bennetts Lane. The School is home to award winning ensembles including the Monash Art Ensemble (MAE) conducted by Paul Grabowsky, the Monash Academy Orchestra led by a range of leading conductors such as  Benjamin Northey and Jessica Cottis, as well as chamber music groups and vibrant ensembles.

6. International Performance Connections

We have ongoing relationships with many international artists, ensembles and scholars. Our overseas units offer opportunities to perform in Italy and the USA, as well as make networks with artists in these locations. Our staff have international profiles that bring a wide selection of artists to the school, encouraging networks and opportunities for the future.

7. Great Recources

The Music Auditorium and modern ensemble and practice rooms at the School are second to none. The new Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre features three extraordinary performance spaces in cabaret, black box and theatre configurations. The Sir Louis Matheson Library has been recently modernised and houses a large collection of scores, recordings, books and journals. The School is also home to the world renown  Music Archive at Monash University (MAMU), which houses  the Asian Music Archive, the Australian Archive of Jewish Music and the Sumatran Music Archive, and holds regular exhibitions in the school. 

8. Global Research Networks

Our degrees have a local focus but  with global connections. Some of our current internationally focused research projects include a chapter in the Cambridge History of World Music, chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Music Education, a project on 19th-century popular music involving 6 scholars in 3 countries and an International network of music representation.

9. Flexible and well supported Postgraduate Degrees

You can undertake a named research degree according to the research method that suits you and your subject –  thesis or exegesis with performance or folio. Staff work closely with our postgraduates, offering opportunites to be involved in the school. Our weekly Research Seminars feature staff, students and a range of illustrious adjuncts that provide a collegial forum where research is shared and celebrated.

10. A focus on the here and now

 With a focus on Australian music, inclusivity, ensemble music making, international connections, visiting artists and academic subjects relevant to your career in music, Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music is the most exciting place to study music in Australia today.

Find out about our Bachelor of Music, and about studying a music major