Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) recently recognised the research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with one of the best results nationally. Independent reviewers graded our profile 4 out of a possible 5, placing us in the ‘above world standard’ category. Only two higher education institutions exceeded this, and the average grade was 3. We submitted 971 Sydney Conservatorium of Music items (books, DVDs, compositions, first performances, etc) for assessment, plus another 258 items from researchers in 15 other academic units across the University of Sydney, against a total of 6,166 from across Australia.

Ours is a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students, many of whom enjoy exceptional careers worldwide as performers and composers and as scholars in such fields as acoustics, sound production, music history, music education, musicology and ethnomusicology.

The faculty offers opportunities to pursue research degrees at the Master of Music, PhD or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) levels in composition, music education, musicology and performance.