About this course
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an audition; and
- an undergraduate degree in any discipline; or
- at least 6 years of documented, relevant professional experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- the audition; and
- prior academic performance; and
- if relevant, the professional experience
3. The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Note: Successful admission to the degree is dependent on a suitable spread of instruments across all sections of the orchestra; consequently, places will be available based on available places in that instrument group at the time of selection.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music policy to take reasonable steps to make adjustments so as to enable the student’s participation in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s programs. The Music degree involves acquisition and refinement of musical knowledge and practice. All students of Music must possess intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
A candidate for the MMus (Orchestral Performance) degree must have abilities and skills that include the following:
- Well-developed proficiency on a musical instrument. This instrumental proficiency is initially measured at the application stage by audition into the Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) and requires satisfactory demonstration of a well-developed level of physical control of the instrument;
- Well-developed music literacy. A candidate must be capable of reading music notation fluently in standard musical notation;
- Aural discrimination skills. A candidate needs to have well developed-hearing skills to ensure that the aural requirements essential to the study of Music can be met;
- The ability to comprehend complex music information and material independently. A candidate needs to possess an appropriate level of cognition to deal with required material relating to the theory and history of Music; this material may be in written, aural or schematised forms;
- The capacity to communicate clearly a knowledge and application of music principles and practice in assessment activities and the ability to function as part of a musical team. A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full use of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities required by the course. All candidates need to be aware of their personal limitations and when and where to seek professional advice or supervision. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing musical practice and to function effectively under stress and isolation in musical preparation. They must also be able to function effectively as part of a musical ensemble, to adapt to changing environments, and to display flexibility.
- Behavioural and social attributes. Candidates must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of others. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.
Last updated: 12 November 2021