Graduate Diploma in Music
The Graduate Diploma in Music is designed for university graduates in any field who wish to undertake university-level study in music, which may serve as a stepping stone to Masters programs.
You will develop instrumental, vocal or conducting technique to a level appropriate to a fourth year of study and a sophisticated awareness of the stylistic and interpretative characteristics of the repertory studies. You will also take a number of ensemble electives to expand your practical experience. Subjects in Music Language, Aural Studies and historical, cultural and contextual studies add breadth and depth to your musical studies.
Through your studies in composition, you will acquire skills in instrumental and vocal writing, orchestration, electro-acoustic music, professional score presentation, rehearsal skills and concert management, alongside the development of a personal and original voice. Encouraging composition in all styles, you will work through all phases of the composition process, from first ideas, to completion of a professionally presented score, to interaction with performers in rehearsals, culminating in a public performance. You can also choose from a range of electives, including ensembles, conducting, academic and applied skills, to complement your composition focus.
You will conceive, plan and execute a Dissertation, and present a paper at a conference organised by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music mid-way through the two semesters of enrolment. To support the writing of your dissertation, you will undertake a Music Research subject, introducing you to current issues in musicology and the variety of resources and methodologies available for musicological research. Topics include an introduction to the skills and techniques of musicological research, including such issues as music bibliography, editorial practices and archival practices, as well as the mechanics of dissertation writing. You will also choose academic elective subjects relevant to your area of research and interest.
You will conceive, plan and execute a dissertation, and present a paper at a conference organised by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music mid-way through the two semesters of enrolment. To support the writing of your dissertation, you will undertake the subject The Ethnography of Music, where discussion and seminars will centre on key issues – both historical and current - in ethnomusicology. Topics include ethnographic representation, fieldwork methods, ethical issues in field research, and connecting musical analysis with cultural analysis. You will be assisted to become “experts” in a case study in an area of interest to you. You will also choose from a range of academic and non-Western ensemble elective subjects relevant to your area of research and interest.
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