Master of Music

What does music mean? Who is it for? And what might be its future?

We're not looking for students who know the answers; we're looking for students who ask the questions.

Enrolling in a Master of Music gives you the opportunity to explore the concepts and contexts of music guided by world-class academic staff delivering lectures, tutorials, one-to-one tuition, ensembles, master classes, technical workshops and musical activities in the community.

Your learning experiences are not just confined to the classroom or recital hall; you also have opportunities to undertake internships with an array of performance companies, production houses, public service departments, and collecting institutions.

The Master of Music offers three specialisations to match your passions:

Music Performance II

The Performance specialisation available for a selected range of instruments depending on the availability of staff (contact the School of which instruments are currently available), must be undertaken in both solo and ensemble contexts, however solo recitals may include accompaniment and chamber music where appropriate and as approved.

Click here for the current list of Performance Teaching Fellows.

Music Composition II

The Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design specialisation further develops students’ skills, knowledge, creativity and experience in a contemporary context. Taught through studio practice, it leads to a series of works designed according to student needs. The student’s study will be complemented by an individual program which will require relevant written or other documentation as the object of assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • pose research questions relating to music that are significant, original, and complex;
  • investigate these questions creatively, critically, ethically, and independently through performance, composition, or in extended written form;
  • place these questions in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  • communicate their responses to these questions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with either a technically outstanding professional-level public performance or composition, which is supported by a verbal explanation; or in an extended written form.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 per cent.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

Additional Information

  • Applicants will be expected to have pre-existing musical knowledge such as a competency level equivalent to completion of an undergraduate major in music, or equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Entry to the Graduate Music Performance courses is by completion of MUSI3302 Music Performance 6 with a mark of at least 65, or audition at equivalent level. Applicants wishing to enrol in Graduate Music Performance courses are advised arrange for an audition as soon as possible.
  • Entry to the Graduate Composition, Arranging and Sound Design courses is by completion of MUSI3315 Creative Musicianship 6 with a mark of at least 65, or submission of a portfolio of works of equivalent standard. Applicants wishing to enrol in Graduate Composition, Arranging and Sound Design courses are advised to arrange for assessment of the portfolio as soon as possible.
  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.


Coursework degrees are fee-based, with fees varying depending on the program and on the unit load undertaken. Information on fees for both domestic and international students can be found on ANU Students Fees.

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer