AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses


Course Overview

Qualification: Master of Music (Performance)

Duration: 4 semesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Students may exit after 2 semesters with a Graduate Diploma of Music (Performance).

Fee-HELP: Available

CRICOS: M.Mus. (Perf.) 081572D | Grad.Dip.Mus. (Perf.) 081573C

On completion of the first two trimesters students can exit with a Graduate Diploma of Music (Performance) and on completion of 4 trimesters students may exit with a Master of Music (Performance).

Course Structure



Study Areas

1.PRINCIPAL STUDY: All students receive 18 x individual, 1 hour lessons, on a chosen instrument or voice for every semester in the course.

2.ENSEMBLE: Demonstrate developed suite of professional collaborative skills to engage, direct and perform within a group. Through a range of instrumental and vocal combinations in a wide variety of genres, students will develop skills in improvisation, transcription, transposition, interpretation, sightreading, ensemble direction, accompaniment and rehearsal techniques.

3.ACADEMIC STUDIES: The study of musical scholarship suited to the diverse range of disciplines that make up the creative industries. These typically fall within the paradigms of critical enquiry research and practice-led research.

4.ELECTIVES: Relevant to singer songwriters or any students who wish to learn two instruments, the unique Second Study at AMPA provides 18 x individual, 30 minute lessons every trimester. Or choose from electives to complement and refine your degree such as: Music Theatre, Music Industry, Studio Teaching, Recording, Production, Chart Writing and more. In stages 3 and 4 students transition to postgraduate research units to develop research, analytical and writing skills as well as critical thinking, creative thinking, synthesis and conceptualisation.

Course Summaries

The Master of Music at AMPA is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to enter the music industry at a more elite level by further developing and specializing their performance and composition skills. It aims to increase the student’s breadth of knowledge in support of an active teaching career either in the private or government sector, at primary, secondary or tertiary level studio teaching. The course will also assist experienced and advanced practitioners who, having achieved distinguished professional careers in the public arena, can derive further knowledge from a music related academic and research environment.

Graduates can share their expertise with the next generation of music students, teaching either in the formal tertiary environment or in the private studio sector in parallel with their work in the field of performance. The skills of those working creatively in the various areas of the extensive freelance sections of the music industry, including: performance, composition, production, music director, session musician, song writing and research will be enhanced. Graduates will also be well equipped to undertake further studies at the Doctoral level.

Graduate Diploma of Music

The two semester Graduate Diploma of Music, which is nested in the Masters program, is designed to enhance the knowledge base, strengthen the performance skills, and reinforce the teaching and organisational abilities of persons who, having successfully completed an undergraduate degree or without qualifications, have achieved a high level of skills and recognition in the field of professional performance. The inclusion of the two graduate seminar units and elective units will be important for students choosing to move into the profession in the areas of performance, composition and song writing, studio teaching, and music retail and distribution at the completion of this two Trimester program. Should they choose to proceed into the Masters program, these units will have prepared them for the successful completion of the units offered in the second year of that course.


Entry Requirements: The successful completion of a Bachelor of Music or equivalent undergraduate music degree. Provisional admission may be granted for students with limited educational qualifications.

Admissions Process: Audition + Interview