Conservatorium of Music

Research

Research Areas

    Performance
    Performance

    Research conducted through music performance can address a range of issues associated with repertoire or performance practice. The outcomes of the research are documented through a series of recitals, recordings and/or broadcasts and the research is contextualised in a written exegesis of 10,000-20,000 words (MMus) and 20,000-50,000 words (PhD). The research degrees in performance are wholly externally assessed by two examiners one of which is from within Australasia and another from outside Australasia. Supervision, practical tuition and regular research forums and seminars are held at the Conservatorium and all candidates are required to undertake a coursework component.

    Music Composition
    Music Composition

    Research conducted through composition may address a range of issues associated with musical composition and is undertaken through the preparation of a folio of works addressing the central research question. The outcomes will be a substantial folio of compositions and recordings of performances of those works, and the works in the folio are contextualised by a written exegesis of 10,000-20,000 words (MMus) and 20,000-50,000 words (PhD). The research degrees in composition are wholly externally assessed by two examiners one of which is from within Australasia and another from outside Australasia. Supervision, composition tuition and regular research forums and seminars are held at the Conservatorium and all candidates are required to undertake a coursework component.

    Musicology
    Musicology

    Research conducted in musicology may address a range of research questions pertaining to classical, jazz or contemporary music in the areas of historical musicology, sociology of music and performance practice.  Key research interests are British and Australian music and liturgical music in Australia. The documentation of research in musicology is a thesis that will represent an original contribution to research in the field. The MMus (Research) thesis will normally be a written document of 25,000-30,000 words and the PhD thesis will normally be a written document of 70,000-100,000 words. The research degrees in musicology are wholly externally assessed by two examiners one of which is from within Australasia and another from outside Australasia. Supervisory sessions, regular research forums and seminars are held at the Conservatorium and all candidates are required to undertake a coursework component.