Master of Music

Graduate Diploma of Music included

Master of Music

Duration: 2 years full-time/4 years part-time
Credit points: 96
Delivery: On Campus
CRICOS Code: 057961B
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and international
English: IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition fee for International students $9,876 semester/$39,504 total tuition fee
AQF: Level 9

Graduate Diploma of Music

Duration: 1 years full-time/2 years part-time
Credit points: 48
Delivery: On Campus
CRICOS Code: 090786D
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and international
English: IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Tuition fee for International students: $18,178 in total
AQF: Level 8

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The Master of Music course is a program designed to deepen students’ music and music-related knowledge, skills and capacities in their area of creative interest. Through personalised one-to-one mentoring and expert teaching, students are introduced to research skills related to their creative practice. The carefully curated suite of electives provides students with the opportunity to broaden their skills relevant to the construction of a working portfolio relevant to music industry and community contexts. Students may exit the course after the first 4 units (one year full-time or two years part-time) in order to qualify for a Graduate Diploma of Music.


The Master 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.

The Master of Music course is offered with THREE streams:
Master of Music

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 featuring high-level solo and ensemble repertoire of their choosing. Students may specialise in jazz, contemporary or classical genres including conducting. A suite of electives is also available, offering additional study in cross-cultural performance, composition, music worship, music business, and music pedagogy.

Contemporary Composition
Song Writing master of music

Students may undertake a range of composition options, allowing students to concentrate on both traditional and commercial aspects of the contemporary music industries. Students may compose for both live and digital media in a range of genres and mediums, refining their skills towards the completion of a final composition project. A suite of electives is also available, offering additional study in both solo and ensemble performance, music worship, music business, and music pedagogy.

Community Music
Music Master Diploma Composition | Excelsia College

The purpose of the stream is to provide post-graduate study for musicians who seek to work in community music settings as ensemble directors, and/or with community music organisations who serve culturally diverse or marginalised people in settings ranging from co-curricular school groups, to aged care, churches, local councils, prisons and so on. Students gain practical experience in pedagogy relevant to ensemble settings through both performance and conducting, with a suite of electives available in performance, music worship, composition and music business. Students undertake a final community music placement in order to complete their study.

Areas of study

Classical, Jazz, World or Contemporary Performance, Large and Small Ensemble Performance, Conducting, Voice, Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design. All students complete two units in research, completing a Research Project aligned to their specific interests and creative practice.

Career opportunities

Performer, Composer, Arranger, Sound Designer, Song-Writer, Accompanist, Ensemble Director, Conductor, Chamber Musician, Community Music Facilitator, Studio teacher or tutor, Session musician, Music Administrator, Worship Director.

Practical experience

Classical music students can join the Excelsia Chamber Orchestra and/or choir under the direction of an internationally recognised conductor and lecturer. Contemporary and Classical students will also have the opportunity to perform in numerous showcases and concerts in venues across Sydney. Composers have the opportunity to write for both traditional, jazz, fusion, world and contemporary ensembles, with projects showcased in a staged concert format. Community Musicians will work small and large ensembles, including the Excelsia Chamber Orchestra, Choir and with affiliated Community group ensembles.

Excelsia Concert

What do our students say?

‘Studying a Master of Music at Excelsia has pushed me to become a more flexible and well-rounded musician, whilst giving me the space to focus on what I am passionate about. My study of voice encompassed both classical and contemporary technique, with composition electives giving me the skills and confidence to hone my craft as a songwriter. The research units fostered my love of community music, allowing me to implement a project which explored performances in aged care settings. As a result of studying the Master of Music, I now possess a distinctive voice as a creative artist.’

Joanna Swadling

Master of Music Graduate,

Classical Soprano, Contemporary Singer Songwriter, Worship Leader

Our graduates are currently engaged in high-level professional and entrepreneurial work nationally and internationally through:

  • Gigging and recording
  • Creating festivals
  • Starting a studio business
  • Composing for films
  • Performing in orchestras and chamber ensembles
  • Designing sound for theatre productions
  • Accompanying and repetiteur work
  • Conducting and arranging for music theatre productions
  • Teaching music in higher education
  • Conducting for school ensembles, community choirs and orchestras
  • Writing and leading worship music in churches
  • Designing music experiences for those in aged care

Full time = 2 units of study, Part-time = One unit of study per semester

Year 1 
Performance I 
Performance II
Elective I 
Elective II
Year 2 (Master of Music Only)
Performance III
Composition III
Research Methods
Research Project
Performance | Master of Music | Excelsia College

MUMC551 Music Pedagogy
MUMC524 Music and Media
MUMC525 Music and Moving Image
MUMC526 Screen Music Analysis
MUMC527 Music Industries Overview
MUMC511 Performance I and/or MUMC512 Perf II
MUMC529 Music in Worship

Full time = 2 units of study, Part-time = One unit of study per semester

Music Master Diploma Composition | Excelsia College
Year 1 
Composition I 
Composition II
Elective I 
Elective II
Year 2 (Master of Music Only)
One of Media/Film or Screen Analysis units (see electives)
Composition III
Research Methods
Research Project

MUMC551 Music Pedagogy
MUMC524 Music and Media
MUMC525 Music and Moving Image
MUMC526 Screen Music Analysis
MUMC527 Music Industries Overview
MUMC511 Performance I and/or MUMC512 Perf II
MUMC529 Music in Worship

For detailed descriptions of course units, please download the Music brochure.

Academic staff for music

Dr Lotte Latukefu | Excelsia College | Creative and performing arts

Head of Creative and Performing Arts

Associate Professor Lotte Latukefu

Christine Carroll | Music Program Director | Excelsia College

Music Program Director, Lecturer, Research Supervisor

Dr Christine Carroll

Sadaharu Muramastu | Lecturer and Tutor | Music | Excelsia College

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an accredited undergraduate degree in music or discipline appropriate to chosen focus area. Students may draw upon relevant industry experience to support their application.

Performance focus

Candidates must demonstrate established technique on their chosen instrument (including conducting) by means of an audition. Applicants should be prepared to:

• present an audition of three contrasting pieces that demonstrate high level instrumental or vocal technique and expressive interpretation relevant to their chosen genre.

• may present a portfolio of previous performance experience which may include CD and DVD recordings.


Contemporary Composition focus

Candidates applying to undertake the Contemporary Composition focus, should be prepared to:

• present a portfolio or recordings of original compositions demonstrating a grasp of relevant genre specific compositional techniques in both scored and audio formats.

• discuss their portfolio of work with the admissions panel


Community Music focus:

Candidates applying to undertake study with a focus in Community Music should be prepared to demonstrate relevant practical and academic skills relevant to this area of study. Students should:

• present either a vocal, instrumental or conducting audition showcasing two contrasting pieces in either live or video format.

• discuss their relevant community music experience with the auditions panel.


Assumed knowledge:

Commensurate with successful completion of an undergraduate degree in music or related discipline.

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 as IELTS, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges. 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.

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 Admission Policy and Procedure.

  Applicant background
2019 Semester 2
Number of Students Percentage of  all students
 (A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
  (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)

 (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)
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • 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)
    International students223%
    All students9100%

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