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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMMus
CRICOS code041061C
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Joel Crotty


The course is designed for musicians wishing to develop a greater knowledge, understanding and competence in music performance. Candidates will develop specific vocational outcomes in music performance as well as in one or more of the following fields; musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, composition, music education and pedagogy, contemporary music and Australian music. In addition, candidates will acquire a range of research methods and techniques specific to music. They will develop the capacity for informed musical performance. Performance opportunities exist in instrumental and vocal areas.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of one core and three electives at level four, and one core unit and one elective at level five.



Core units

Level four electives

Three of:

  • MUM4120 20th and 21st century repertoire studies
  • MUM4600 Special research project in music
  • MUM4980 Music pedagogy

Level five electives

One of:

  • MUM5010 Topics in musicology
  • MUM5020 Directed reading in music
  • MUM5030 Australian music history
  • MUM5040 Medieval and renaissance music
  • MUM5050 Music scholarship
  • MUM5060 Research project in musicology or ethnomusicology

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Arts.
  • 48 points with course 3068 Graduate Diploma in Music.


Master of Music