Master of Music

Be equipped to impact your professional environment
with high-level creative, technical and academic skills.

Music can change the world because it can change people.


Course Information

The Master of Music will equip you to impact your professional environment with high creative, technical and academic standards, as well as diverse approaches to music performance, composition and arts management.The course is offered with three strands of specialisation:

  • Performance: Students work on perfecting the standard repertoire by honing their technical and artistic skills and undertaking comprehensive analysis of all aspects of their repertoire.
  • Contemporary Composition: Students select four of six options for their major study, allowing students to concentrate on the traditional 'classical' aspects of composition or more commercial areas such as animation, advertising, radio, television and film scores. (taught in Art Phillips Music Studio, Balmain)
  • Arts Management: Students gain the diverse skills and knowledge essential to running an arts organisation of any size, with units on leadership and management, public relations and sponsorship, business skills, and marketing. (offered both on-campus and online)

Within your chosen specialisation you will immerse yourself in a semester-long research initiative according to your interests and career focus.

  • Flexible study options; full-time or part-time; mixed mode learning
  • Specialised teaching staff


Career Outcomes

Performance: Graduates will be qualified to seek employment as soloists and/or members of the foremost large and chamber ensembles. They would also be eminently qualified to take a teaching position in a tertiary institution.
Contemporary Composition: Graduates will be qualified to seek employment as commercial composers or to work in more traditional spheres, such as tertiary institutions, and arts, community, youth and church organisations.
Arts Management: Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in youth orchestra societies, government and local council arts administration, major musical organisations in urban, regional and rural areas, and church organisations.

Master of Music  

Educational Prerequisite 

Successful completion of an accredited undergraduate degree in music or discipline appropriate to chosen focus area. 

Artistic requirements  

A) Performance Focus: Candidates must demonstrate advanced technique in their chosen instrument (including voice) by means of an audition. This audition will be benchmarked against a cross-section of audition standards from at least three other equivalent level tertiary institutions. Applicants should be prepared to:  

  • present a thirty-minute program that includes three contrasting pieces of different periods and/or styles, and  
  • discuss their program with the admissions panel, and  
  • present a portfolio of previous performance experience which may include CD and DVD recordings.  

B) Contemporary Composition Focus: Candidates applying to undertake the Contemporary Composition focus, or any part thereof, should be prepared to:  

  • present a portfolio of original compositions for diverse instrumentation demonstrating a grasp of various compositional techniques (with scores and CD or DVD, plus written notes), and  
  • discuss their portfolio with the admissions panel. 

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the educational and artistic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Examination Minimun Score 

6.5 with no band less than 6 

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)

79 with no score less than 60

PTE Academic 59 with no score less than 51

For other other ways of demonstrating English Language Proficiency visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements page. 

Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.

Visit the International Student page

Mature Age Applicants 

For mature age (21 years and over) entry requirements please visit the Mature Age Students information page

Excelsia College invites graduates from C3 College Oxford Falls, to apply to upgrade to a Bachelors Degree with advance standing.*

*Advance standing is granted conditional upon a successful application process.

Download the full admission requirements here.


Applications must be received prior to the audition date.

Course MU54 Master of Music
CRICOS 057961B
Length 2 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time
Faculty Faculty of Performing Arts



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