The people who comprise the Conservatorium are as diverse as the music they pursue and perform. But as radically different as they are from each other, they share one critical thing; they are all owned by music, and are completely nuts about playing it in every way, shape and form - and quite a few that no one has thought about yet. They are completely sold out to music.

There is no one as passionate, as driven, as disciplined, as obsessed by music as the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music staff. Conservatorium academics, performers, administration staff and casual employees all sing one song.

At the Conservatorium, every expression of music is valued, every person cherished and loved for who they are, and the unique contribution to music they are destined to make.

Career Options

Our students have always, and continue to, find their way in an ever increasingly demand driven internationally music market. Many still find life-long engagement with conventional forms of music practice, in bands, studios and orchestras around the world. Those that don’t seem to invent new forms of music and artistic expression, and take the world by storm that way. Others invest all of themselves in teaching and engaging the next generation of musical, creative and expressive people, whilst others bring the highest calibre musical direction and support to local and remote communities throughout Tasmania, Australia and the world.

  • Arranger
  • Artist manager
  • Audio engineer
  • Band leader or director
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Digital media
  • Electronic producer
  • Film & television composer
  • Music historian
  • Music journalist
  • Music teacher
  • Musician
  • Orchestral or ensemble player
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Promotor
  • Radio programming
  • Recording engineer
  • Session musician
  • Song writer
  • Sound designer

Our programs

Why study Music?

Music is your passion. It pushes you, inspires you and owns you. If you’re a student studying in any part of the Conservatorium of Music, expect to develop your performance skills as far as you can imagine – and further.

You will learn what it is to be a part of a team through performances in many different ensembles, and you will increase your awareness and knowledge of music as one of the most significant and profound cultural forces.

For composers, working within our Music program provides a dynamic and progressive music environment. Surrounded by internationally-acclaimed composers and songwriters, you will find all the guidance and support you need to understand the works of masters in your field while developing your own ‘voice’.

As a music technology and audio student within the Music program, you will have amazing opportunities to engage with artists, institutions and festivals of national and international significance.

Find out more about our courses and units


At the Tasmanian College of the Arts, our research aims to promote creative arts practice within real world environments. We work across discipline boundaries to establish new creative paradigms at the frontier of practice-led research.

Our research interests broadly identify with the unique qualities, strengths and opportunities of our Tasmanian island context. We are passionate about engaging with Tasmania’s diverse economic, social and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary, collaborative and socially aware research – as significant to Tasmanian-based agendas as it is to world-class innovation.

At the core of our research approach is practice, creativity and connectivity. Through these frameworks we are committed to making deep and lasting relationships with our community and industry-based partners.

We welcome proposals from qualified applicants for higher degrees in research in PhDs and Masters.

Read more about research at TCotA

Featured Researcher | Dr Carolyn Philpott

Carolyn Philpott is a Lecturer in Musicology at the Conservatorium of Music within the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Her research interests include Australian music and intersections between music, place and the environment, especially music composed in connection with Antarctica. Read more

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