The essence of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is defined by the music of multiple world cultures. Underpinned by the history of musical culture, our aim is to produce and research music for the present and the future through the global music community at Monash University.
A distinctive nature of the School’s vision is to develop the complete 21st century musician. A musician that strives for excellence and who has an wholistic approach to music. A musician that is fully equipped, expert, cognisant of and conversant across a wide musical spectrum. A musician that specialises with musical diversity.
What defines a “complete 21st century” musician at Monash University?
A student who:
- has competency in the key elements of music education – performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology
- understands the role music plays as a transformative power in our lives
- understands that we are part of and contribute to a global musical community
- understands the musician’s relationship to audiences
- understands the role that technology is playing in creation, performance and dissemination of music
- understands that music reflects the pluralistic nature of society
- understands the socio-economic realities of managing a career
- understands the relationship between composition, performance and research
- understands the place of music within the University, both as a place of higher learning, and as a community
This will be achieved through:
- specialisation infused with musical diversity
- collaborations with national and international leaders across various musical disciplines
- research: inclusive of performance, new music, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance psychology and the musician as a businessperson
- interfacing with the community through performance
- technology: An immersive and interactive experience
- building leadership
- industry placement