Performance Studies

Performance students have many wonderful opportunities to engage in a wide cross-section of musical activities, both within and outside formal study programs. Solo and ensemble performance and practice-based research are fundamental to the learning experience in the School and as an excellent preparation for post University life.

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

The school offers two main areas of study in performance at undergraduate, honours, masters and PhD levels:

Classical Performance

Jazz and Popular Studies

Monash is Australia’s foremost international university and every year students travel to the Prato centre near Florence to work with visiting artists in courses of chamber music, language classes for singers and solo performance.

Founded in 1965, the School has over 350 students from undergraduate to PhD level. Students are encouraged to integrate their learning in composition, ethnomusicology and musicology, performance, including professional practice/pedagogy. Students can specialise in one or more of these areas.

Description of Course

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers performance units for students across the University. Music degree students in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels have access to Chief Practical Study Units, which make up a Major stream.

Students will undertake weekly individual tuition on their principal instrument, weekly workshops and concert practice classes. Ensemble Studies units are offered as a minor stream and are available by audition to undergraduate music students and to students from other University disciplines. Further performance units offer specialised study in Indonesian Gamelan.

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  • The winners of the Australian Music Centre‘s 2016 Art Music Awards were announced tonight in a ceremony at Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom. Staff and students from Monash University were among the awardees.  Director of the Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Professor Paul Grabowsky in collaboration with Daniel and David Wilfred of the Young Wägilak Group of East Arnhem Land won ‘Jazz Work of… Read more
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  • Finalists for the Australian Music Centre‘s 2016 Art Music Awards were announced last week, with staff and students from Monash University's Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music featuring 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… Read more
  •   Monash Sessions: Kenny Werner In August 2014 The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University hosted American jazz pianist Kenny Werner as part of its Artist in Residency program.  According to Associate Professor Rob Burke, “Werner bought a ‘New York intensity' to this performance. With complexity in compositions and rhythms, he pushed… Read more