Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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


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


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register2013 Handbook change register (

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.

In addition to the above, students completing the orchestral studies stream will be better prepared for a career in the highly specialised area of orchestral performance.

Credit for prior studies

If the applicant can demonstrate that they have undertaken a unit equivalent to APG5836 (Directed reading in music), APG5840 (Research project in musicology or ethnomusicology), APG5161 (Research project in orchestral studies 1) or APG5162 (Research project in orchestral studies 2) 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

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for research master's candidates refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (


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


Students in the orchestral studies stream must complete:

  • APG5161 Research project in orchestral studies 1
  • APG5162 Research project in orchestral studies 2

All other students must complete:

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

Students must seek approval from the course coordinator if they wish to enrol in a unit/s from the above list which is not in their stream.

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.

Additional stream requirements

Solo performance stream

In addition, students in the solo performance stream must complete a portfolio comprising a 60-minute solo or solo and ensemble recital (65 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 (25 per cent) in a bound folder.

Orchestral studies stream

Students in the orchestral studies stream must complete a portfolio conforming to one of the following options:

  • Option 1 - 60-minute recital, plus a 45-minute DVD submission of a mock audition consisting of orchestral excerpts and a movement from a solo concerto, and a 3,000 word exegesis.
  • Option 2 - 60-minute recital, plus a 30-minute DVD submission of a mock audition consisting of orchestral excerpts and a movement from a solo concerto, and a 5,000 word exegesis.
  • Option 3 - 60-minute recital, plus a 9,000 word exegesis.


Master of Arts (Music Performance)