About this course
|Award title||Master of Music (Performance Teaching)|
|Year & campus||2022 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||150 credit points|
|Duration||18 months full-time or 36 months part-time|
The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is a specialist coursework degree, preparing graduates in Western classical and contemporary music as performer-teachers. Our graduates work as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools, studios, community programs, and in private provider and further education settings, both in Australia and overseas.
The course has two specialisations:
- The Instrumental Specialisation prepares students for school-based instrumental/vocal teaching and includes a range of professional placements and observations of professional teaching practice and a specific focus on teaching, conducting and orchestration skills in diverse secondary school contexts.
- The Studio Specialisation prepares students for private studio-based instrumental/vocal teaching, and includes a range of professional teaching observations, placements and a focus on instrumental pedagogy.
The course provides advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies and ensemble participation alongside the pedagogy of performance teaching. Professional practice is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes and there is a range of elective subjects in the practical, theoretical and research areas.
Completing the Instrumental Specialisation in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) will enable students to obtain advanced standing with a range of education providers, leading to Victorian Institute of Teaching registration after an additional period of study.
This course also offers a pathway into the PhD via the Professional Research Project elective.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a Bachelor of Music with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) in the final year or equivalent; or
- a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music – Improvisation) with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) in the final year or equivalent; or
- a Graduate Diploma in Music with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) or equivalent, and
- a satisfactory requirement in audition, or approved final year subject (see notes)
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the selection committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the audition.
3. The Selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with 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.
Notes: Guaranteed Entry:
students graduating from the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music (Honours) or Graduate Diploma in Music with an average of at least H3 (65%) in the final year, combined with a mark of at least 65 in one of the following performance subjects are guaranteed entry into the Master of Music (Performance Teaching):
Bachelor of Music:
Music Performance 6
Practical Music 6
Performance Study 6
Individual Performance Studies 6
Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours):
Graduate Diploma in Music:
Practical Study 2
For these applicants, an audition is not required, providing that the mark of at least 65 in the performance subject has been obtained no more than 12 months preceding close of applications for the Master of Music (Performance Teaching).
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
The course offers Primary Level Suzuki Teacher Accreditation through the elective subject Suzuki Practicum which is provided in conjunction with the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia [Victoria] Inc. and is recognised by the Talent Education Research Institute [Japan] and the International Suzuki Association.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- a high standard of performance on their selected instrument or voice as required of a teacher of music performance;
- a professional level of expertise and competence as an instrumental or vocal music teacher;
- excellent communication skills in diverse contexts including clear articulation of the issues concerning instrumental or vocal music teaching and performance;
- an applied understanding of research principles and methods applicable to music performance learning and teaching and including skills in critical reflection, writing and artistic communication;
- the application of the links between planning, teaching and evaluating for learning in the context of music performance;
- a range of teaching approaches and the use of a variety of technologies in the delivery of instrumental or vocal individual lessons that will serve to foster independent, reflective, motivated and cooperative learning;
- a mature engagement with and understanding of the principles of teamwork in collaborative music making;
- an enhanced ability to apply their expertise in music performance teaching to a range of individual students with specific needs and from culturally diverse backgrounds;
- a commitment to developing and refining their performance and teaching practices; and
- a coherent personal philosophy of instrumental or vocal music teaching.
The graduates from the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) course should be:
Academically excellent and musically skilled as teachers of music performance as a result of:
- intensive and rigorous one-to-one and group tuition in performance and group-based learning in performance pedagogy and related music discipline areas; and
- participation in a diversity of teaching and learning experiences in music including individual tuition, group tuition, practicum experience, tutorials, master classes, on-line learning, seminars, lectures, and subjects taught in intensive mode.
Artistically sophisticated with a high level of understanding of the aesthetic of their discipline, honed through learning, practice, critical reflection and performance, with high levels of personal autonomy and accountability.
Experienced in assessment practices that demand independent thinking, critical analysis and an openness to new ideas through:
- informed discourse about instrumental and/or vocal music pedagogy; and
- focussed study of assessment practices suitable for music performances and their implementation.
Familiar and competent with written and spoken communication, the ethics of scholarship, basic research protocols through a program of specific music performance teaching subjects, including individual tuition, applied and pedagogical music studies, and professional teaching practice.
Creative and critical music performers, teachers and thinkers with highly developed skills for on-going, self-directed professional learning.
Knowledgeable across the disciplines of music performance and instrumental / vocal teaching including the associated areas of cognitive development and psychology of music.
Accepting of the responsibility to move towards intellectual independence and towards accountability in terms of both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Able to plan and execute a research project or a capstone project in music performance, music performance teaching or conducting.
Leaders in performing and teaching communities with knowledge developed through:
- a program of professional (teaching) practicum;
- high level development of teamwork and group dynamic skills through participation in group activities in music learning; and
- extensive knowledge of curriculum development and implementation that would be appropriate to a range of community, TAFE, studio and other educational settings.
Attuned to cultural diversity through:
- the opportunities provided that involve thinking about difference in ways of being musical as well as participating in music from other times and places;
- familiarity with culturally diverse ways of conceptualizing, discussing and teaching instrumental and vocal music; and
- performing and learning in groups with students from varied cultural and musical backgrounds.
Active global citizens through:
- participation throughout the course in the inherently international nature of music in all its manifestations; and
- striving to be facilitators and communicators between the diverse cultural communities found in the range of settings where performing and/or music performance teaching takes place.
150-point program in one of the specialisations.
This course is offered as a 1.5 years full time, 3 years part time.
Majors, minors & specialisations
Last updated: 18 August 2022