Conservatorium of Music

About Us

Conservatorium of Music

The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music offers students an integrated music education based on best international contemporary arts practice. It provides a dynamic and progressive music-making environment that meets individual student needs through intensive one-to-one tuition, small class size and personalised attention. Students are offered a broad choice of subject areas and specialisations, enabling them to direct their own learning in pursuit of individual career interests and goals. Live music-making is at the core of the Conservatorium's activities. Professional flexibility is encouraged and is implemented through a range of student projects within the wider community and extensive collaboration with professional organisations in Tasmania and nationally.

Musicians constantly seek new ways to express themselves. A successful and exciting career path in the newly emerging climate of artistic expression demands flexibility, imagination and confidence, and the ability to work creatively with others.

The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music acknowledges a responsibility to provide programs and opportunities for developing traditional music craft to a high level while also reflecting the changing nature of contemporary music practice. Its particular strengths lie in the fields of composition and performance. The Conservatorium offers professional education and training in classical and contemporary music in the Undergraduate Courses leading to the Diploma of Music and Bachelor of Music awards, and beyond in the Postgraduate Coursework awards. Research Higher Degree awards may involve research into contemporary performance, including cross-arts, multimedia performance and explorations of new music technologies, as well as in traditional applied instrumental and composition areas.


Illustrating the philosophy and educational approach of the Conservatorium include:

  • aural and listening programs integrating music literacy and practice across a wide range of music styles
  • subjects exploring improvisation and communication skills and their relationship to music performance and practical life management
  • project periods enabling students to prepare traditional and contemporary performance events, work with visiting artists, tour with ensembles or perform with other arts organisations
  • student-managed performance ensembles
  • personalised attention and care through one-to-one teaching

A strings program of international standing has long been a feature of the Conservatorium. Graduates perform in leading ensembles and orchestras throughout the world and will also be found on the teaching staff of many Australian and international university music departments.


Hobart is home to a population of 200,000 and rests comfortably on a series of low hills, overlooking the picturesque Derwent Estuary, and dominated by Mount Wellington. Tasmania has a pleasantly cool climate, similar to that of the south of France. Visitors are astonished at the purity of the air and the quality of the local speciality products ‹ seafood, wine and cheeses.

The Conservatorium is ideally located close to the main University campus and the Tasmanian School of Art. A few minutes' walk in one direction brings students and staff to the hubbub of Salamanca Place and the waterfront, and in another direction to the central business district. This central location has vitalised and enriched efforts to link music-making with the wider community.

Inexpensive accommodation is readily available in the vicinity of the University and few students waste valuable hours travelling on a daily basis. The Conservatorium makes strenuous efforts to provide a friendly, safe, supportive and stimulating environment for all the people who give it purpose and life.