Master of

Music

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

COURSE SUMMARY
Qualification / AwardMU54 Master of Music
Course Duration2 years full-time/ 4 years part-time
Credit Points96 Credit points
DeliveryOn Campus
Available toDomestic (FEE-HELP available)/International
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IELTS6.5 with no band less than 6.0
CRICOS Code057961B
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AQFLevel 9
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TheMaster of Music course will equip you to impact your professional environment with the development of high level creative, technical and academic skills and diverse approaches to music performance and composition. The course is offered with two strands of potential specialisation:

  • Performance: Students work on perfecting performances of increasing levels of challenge to industry standards. By honing their expressive, technical and academic skills, performers work one on one with a professional teacher to prepare a series of concerts including high level solo and ensemble repertoire of their choosing. This pathway includes eight units: a series of four performance units, two related research units, and two electives which expand your creative potential and professional development.
  • Contemporary Composition: Students select four of six options for their major study in composition, allowing students to concentrate on both traditional and commercial aspects needed in the contemporary music industries including production, arranging, sound art, animation, advertising, radio, television and film writing. This pathway includes eight units of study: a series of three to five composition units in areas of personal interest, two related research units, and one or two electives which expand your creative potential and professional development.

The Masters of Music degree contains:

  • Flexible study options; full-time or part-time; and mixed modes learning
  • Specialised teaching staff
  • Access to concert hall and recording facilities
  • The opportunity to develop and refine your music making shaped by individualised learning plans designed to meet your career objectives

Australian Applicants with recent Secondary Education (School Leavers)

Educational Prerequisites

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

Artistic and Academic Skill Assessment

  1. 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 three contrasting pieces that demonstrate high level of interpretation and technique
  • Present a portfolio of previous performance experience which may include CD and DVD recordings.
  1. B)Contemporary Composition Focus: Candidates applying to undertake the Contemporary Composition focus, or any part thereof, should be prepared to:
  • Present a portfolio or recordings of original compositions for diverse instrumentation demonstrating a grasp of various compositional techniques (with scores and CD or DVD, plus written notes)
  • Discuss their portfolio with the admissions panel

International Student

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic 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.

ExaminationMinimum Score
IELTS6.5 with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)79* with no score less than 20
PTE Academic58 with no score less than 50

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

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

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been involved in some form of high level music making for at least 7 years. This could include professional music making, community music making, and worship leading.

  1. 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 three contrasting pieces that demonstrate high level of interpretation and technique
  • Present a portfolio of previous performance experience which may include CD and DVD recordings
  1. B) Contemporary Composition Focus: Candidates applying to undertake the Contemporary Composition focus, or any part thereof, should be prepared to:
  • Present a portfolio or recordings of original compositions for diverse instrumentation demonstrating a grasp of various compositional techniques (with scores and CD or DVD, plus written notes)
  • Discuss their portfolio with the admissions panel

Applicants with Higher Education

Artistic and Academic Skill Assessment

  • Audition: Applicant should prepare to present (2) pieces demonstrating their skill on their major instrument (including voice).
  • Interview: Conducted concurrently with the audition. Applicants will discuss their previous musical experience, personal motivation and aspirations.
  • Musical knowledge: In the audition students will be assessed on their current musical knowledge and this will determine whether they go into a beginner or advanced stream in theory units.

Applicants with VET or TAFE studies

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CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

Download the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

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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.


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Course Units

This set is a sequence of four units of study in the students’ principal instrument, voice or conducting skills. The sequence as a whole is designed to maximise skill outcomes to a professional level in all aspects of instrumental / vocal / conducting performance.

Composition is a series of composition units within the Contemporary Composition Stream in which students will create a number of solo and / or chamber works and present these in a lecture / concert at the end of semester.

Music and Media provides students with the opportunity to attain the conceptual understandings, creative awareness, professional discipline, and computer and software skills required to compose music for various media, including advertising, theatre, interactive games and popular song.

Music and the Moving Image builds on the conceptual understandings, creative awareness, professional discipline, and computer and software skills acquired in Music and Media. This unit provides students with key conceptual, creative, analytical and technical understandings necessary for composing appropriate music for various cinematic genres, including silent films and television.

Screen Music Analysis provides students with the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive and informed study of the role of music for the screen and its emotional impact to effective storytelling. This study combines historical, theoretical and analytical elements, from the emigration to America of European composers in the early 1930s, to the evolution of the electronic score and beyond.

This unit provides students a broad insight into the music industries with a focus on encouraging students to consider a number of professional occupations and possible career trajectories within these industries. The subject considers a variety of views and critiques of the industry with a focus on the vocational aspects of music practice.

Research skills are critical to facilitating lifelong learning, developing conceptual and investigative capacities at the postgraduate level, and to enhancing systematic attempts to understand, influence and improve professional performance and practice.

Research Project is a final-year capstone unit that provides students with a comprehensive experience of research, while extending their research knowledge and practical research skills. Each student undertakes a research project ( the proposal for which has already been developed in Research Methods ) supervised by an academic staff member.

This unit aims to develop and refine students’ ability to teach music in a range of contexts from studio to community settings addressing a variety of ages and ability levels from young children through to adult learners. To do so, foundational concepts and approaches will be introduced, in order that students design, deliver and reflect on their teaching. The unit incorporates creative approaches for a range of learning abilities and styles, underpinned by flexible methods and reflection.The unit provides an opportunity to implement practical approaches to build a portfolio of resources relevant to future work in studio and ensemble settings.

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Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
777%
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study00%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
00%
(D) Recent secondary education:

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
00%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
00%
International students223%
All students9100%
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