Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy)

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Music education is a rewarding and invigorating area to work in. It challenges and inspires musicians all around the world.

This one-year degree combines performance studies in your specialisation with the theory, method and practice of teaching.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance and Pedagogy) advances your technical mastery as you: 

  • undertake weekly one-to-one lessons with performance staff
  • build pedagogical skills and knowledge through seminars and workshops
  • gain hands-on experience through teaching practise in selected schools and colleges
  • perform two minor recitals with pedagogy related content.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to pursue dual careers in music performance and education. You could play in an orchestra while running a private music studio. You might be a soloist with an after-school program, rock camp or community choir. Perhaps you’ll play chamber music as well as teaching on school and college campuses.

  • 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

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD027
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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. For information regarding audition requirements, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music -
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree in Music or equivalent.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 1 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $33,000

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Career Readiness

Graduates commence dual careers as performers in one or more specialist branches, such as solo performance, chamber music or orchestral playing and secondly as teachers able to function successfully in a variety of settings and circumstances. Subject to local registration or accreditation requirements, graduates may consider primary or secondary level teaching in the private studio, the school and college campus, as well as various teaching modes, such as individual, or small-group.

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

Degree Structure

Core courses: Pedagogy Seminar IV (6 units), Pedagogy Practicum IV (6 units), Minor Recital IV (6 units), Negotiated Project IV (6 units).

In special cases the Director may approve different but equivalent sets of exercises.

Academic Program Rules

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


Assessments include recitals, written assignments and teaching practice.

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: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023