Introduction: Music Research


The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash is consistently ranked among the best music schools in Australia according to data provided by the Australian Research Council and the ‘Group of Eight’ consortium of research-intensive Australian universities.

Our research is undertaken in three specialist areas:

  1. Ethnomusicology, including music of Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Southeast Asia generally as well as Jewish music
  2. Musicology, including music criticism, aesthetics, biography and music from Western and Eastern Europe, particularly Britain and Romania
  3. Practice-based Research: Composition/PerformanceNew commissions; premieres; recordings and broadcasts; publication of scores; recitals; invited performances (e.g. at festivals and for touring companies) of new works (including new arrangements of existing works).

In addition to the above areas, many staff are involved in studying Australian art music as well as popular music and its social and cultural contents in Australia and overseas.

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Research Groups

The School’s Research Groups promote individual and collaborative research between our staff, students and adjuncts in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology and performance.

Research Projects

Staff in the School are currently undertaking Research Projects in a wide range of areas and topics.

Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU)

The Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) contains valuable research materials from Southeast Asia (including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines), South Asia (including India and Sri Lanka), East Asia (including China and Japan), Aboriginal/Indigenous Australia (especially the Pitjantjara area) and Jewish Asia and Australia.


During semester, seminars are given by staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars. All seminars are held in the Elizabeth Burchill Room, E561, Menzies Building.

In second semester 2014, Research Training Workshops for postgraduates and early career researchers are scheduled for  7, 14 and 21 August and 9 October.

View the schedule of seminars for second semester 2014…