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 $9,096 semester/$36,385 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: $18,140 in total
AQF: Level 8

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The goal of the Master of Music course is to deepen students’ music and music-related knowledge, skills and capacities in their area of interest. It does this by one to one mentoring and teaching, introducing students to research skills related to their creative practice. The suite of electives provides students with the opportunity to broaden their skills relevant to the construction of a working portfolio for both 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 in Music.

The Masters of Music course is offered with two streams:

 

Performance Stream:

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. See course program below for details.

 

Contemporary Composition Stream:

Students select four of six options for their major in composition, allowing students to concentrate on both traditional and commercial aspects of the contemporary music industries. Students may study composition in a range of genres learning skills in arranging, sound art, animation, advertising, radio, television and film writing. See course program below for details.

 

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
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Master of Music
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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
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Electives:

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
Electives:

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

Dr 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.

Performance focus

Candidates must demonstrate advanced technique in their chosen instrument (including conducting) 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.

 

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

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. 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.

 

 

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 3 years. This could include professional music making, community music making, worship leading.

  • 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 higher education
  • 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
  • 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.

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)
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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