Musicology is a lively area of activity at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. All staff (many of whom are notable alumni) are actively engaged in research, and staff and students regularly present papers at National and International conferences. The School is also fortunate in its outstanding research fellows and associates who contribute to the richness of the research community and are also available as potential supervisors.
A musicology major at the Conservatorium of Music involves doing a variety of academic electives that lead to the writing of a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice. Professional work experience in the field is also undertaken.
Musicological conferences are frequently held at the Conservatorium, most recently the Marshall-Hall conference (2010) Annual conference of the Musicological Society of Australia ( 2008), the International Percy Grainger conference (2007) and the International conference on Music in France (2004)
A wide range of research areas are encouraged in graduate studies. There are many opportunities for graduate students to do field work both within and outside Australia and also opportunities for later year postgraduates to tutor within the school.
The Conservatorium's research strengths are in Australian music studies, British and European music studies, spanning the medieval period to popular music of the 21st century, and Latin American studies. Since 1991 the Conservatorium has published an internationally refereed journal Context, the editorial board of which comprises staff and graduate students.
The Conservatorium of Music regularly has visiting scholars in residence for short or extended periods of time Roy Howat, Hugh Macdonald, Dinko Fabris, Stephen Banfield, Annegret Fauser, Tim Carter, Karl Kugle, Mark Everist and Jeanice Brookes.
Malcolm Gilles, Warren Bebbington, Janice Stockigt, Thérèse Radic, Kay Dreyfus, Graham Hardie, Jane Hardie, Robin Stevens, Suzanne Robinson, Peter Tregear, Thomas Reiner, Simon Perry, Paul Kildea, Naomi Cumming, Nina Treadwell, David Black, Emily Wilbourne
For course information, entry requirements and how to apply to study musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, see: