Graduate Diploma in Music Performance

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Our Graduate Diploma in Music Performance challenges you to reach the highest standards of professional performance. It’s a one-year, skill-based degree focusing on traditional approaches to classical or jazz performance.

What will you do?

  • Advance technical mastery within your specialisation.
  • Benefit from weekly one-to-one lessons with performance staff.
  • Prepare one major and one minor recital.
  • Negotiate your own learning outcomes and modes of assessment for an individualised creative project.

Where could it take you?

You might travel the globe as an orchestral musician. You could grace the stage of every jazz venue in New Orleans and New York. Perhaps you’ll curate concerts, teach in private studios or find international stardom as a soloist.


  • Advance your technical mastery in 1:1 lessons with experts
  • Pursue dual careers in music performance and education
  • Gain hands-on experience through teaching practise

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD028
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants must submit a high quality DVD (or electronic file via Dropbox or Youtube) of varying and contrasting work of 25 minutes duration to the Elder Conservatorium of Music. It should include four or more music pieces of different styles or by different composers and a letter of verification from the music teacher or qualified person confirming that the performance is a true representation of the applicant's own work. Classical voice applicants must present works in four languages: English, French, German and Italian. The recording must clearly state the date on which the recording was made and whether it represents a live performance, commercial release or radio broadcast. Conducting applicants: Applicants will be given the opportunity to do a live audition but may instead submit a video recording of their conducting. This recording must include two contrasting pieces, may be with an orchestra or ensemble, or should that not be possible, with two pianos playing an orchestral reduction. Audition duration: 15 minutes. For information regarding audition requirements, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music - https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions.
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree in Music or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD028

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $29,500

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

The negotiated projects allow the student to select an activity that complements their major study with negotiated learning outcomes and modes of assessment. Graduates from this degree have various performance opportunities in public and private practice, and often undertake teaching in the private studio.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Degree Structure

This program comprises performance tuition through preparation of a major recital, a minor recital and negotiated projects. The recitals provide the opportunity to present a program of works in the major study and may include solo works, chamber music, orchestral material, concerti or accompaniment.

The negotiated projects allow the student to select an activity that complements their major study with negotiated learning outcomes and modes of assessment.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Assessment

Assessment includes recitals and negotiated projects.

Testimonial

The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021