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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Music

Course code: 3068 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipMus ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed for musicians wishing to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music performance. The program is structured in such a way that all candidates obtain a proper grounding in music performance in their area of specialisation through the core unit. In addition, the electives allow students to combine a range of topics within their performance emphasis, according to their vocational needs. Areas for further performance-based scholarship include musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian music.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points, including one core unit, and three electives chosen from the following list:

Core unit


Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of Music - Conservatorium or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty