Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleMAMusPerf
CRICOS code030877J
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Mr Fintan Murphy


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is intended to offer students the opportunity to carry out a project on an approved topic in music performance research by preparing a well-researched, high-quality recital performance of challenging works which are recorded and submitted as part of a portfolio along with a program booklet and explanatory research essay for examination. Music performance research is a relatively new and developing area of endeavour in many universities. Students are trained in advanced critical thinking and research planning and methods, and are guided to carry out a unified research program with performance and written outcomes.

On completion, students should have developed instrumental or vocal performance skills and self-confidence to the level required for professional performance, have widened their knowledge of repertoire and style, have acquired appropriate skills in research and writing, and be able to apply experience gained in the course to the community as leading musicians.

Credit for prior studies

If the applicant can demonstrate that they have undertaken a unit equivalent to APG5836 Directed reading in music or APG5840 Research project in musicology or ethnomusicology at level five and that this unit has not been used to take out a degree or an award of any kind, credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Units completed more than 10 years prior to application for admission will not be granted credit unless otherwise determined by the Associate Dean (Graduate Research) of the Faculty of Arts.

Research component

66 per cent


Candidates must complete two units at level five and a portfolio.


Students complete:

  • APG5836 Directed reading in music
  • APG5840 Research project in musicology or ethnomusicology

In addition, students must complete a portfolio comprising a 60-minute solo or solo and ensemble recital (66 per cent), which is recorded on compact disc and submitted with a recital annotation booklet of 1,500 words (10 per cent) and a research essay of 9,000 words (24 per cent) in a bound folder.

Full-time candidates are required to attend a minimum of 10 of the school's postgraduate seminars during each year of their candidature. Part-time candidates are required to attend a minimum of five seminars per year.


Master of Arts (Music Performance)