Music Education

Music educators train the musicians of tomorrow. Our Music Education staff immerses students in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s melting pot of performance, composition and teaching. While preparing to become accredited classroom teachers, our music education students undertake a principal study in performance (jazz or classical), musicology or composition

Cultural diversity and field-based experience are central to the music education programs, and internships in schools play a vital part in each student’s experience. Our practical and creative programs include popular music ensembles, bands and choirs, studio and classroom teaching and non-Western instrumental groups.

Research by music education students and staff combines education with ethnomusicology, sociology, psychology, history and cultural studies. Research areas are wide ranging from early childhood through school and university systems, to studio teaching, community music activity, popular music, music therapy and non-notated music traditions. Our internationally recognised music education scholars are published in books and major journals.

Study Options

Music Education Staff

  • Dr James Humberstone – Program Leader in Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Senior Lecturer in Music Education
  • Professor Kathryn Marsh – Music Education
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley – Associate Professor in Music Education
  • Dr Michael Webb – Senior Lecturer in Music Education
  • Dr Peter Dunbar-Hall – Honorary Associate Professor in Music Education
  • Dr Luke Gilmour – Casual Lecturer in Music Education
  • Mr Iain Hart – Casual Lecturer in Music Education
  • Mr Adrian Kingwell – Casual Lecturer in Music Education
  • Dr Tony Lewis – Casual Lecturer in Music Education
  • Mrs Jeanette Mollenhauer – Casual Lecturer in Music Education
  • Dr Andrew Robson – Casual Lecturer in Music Education


Audition Requirements


If you are applying for the Bachelor of Music (Music Education), you will be required to attend a music education interview in addition to the principal study audition or other interviews. Only applicants who have successfully auditioned will be invited for a music education interview.  We will contact applicants if an interview is required. The Music Skills Test is also required.

From 2016, the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) also requires the following prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor of Music (Music Education) program. The general entry standard for school leavers into undergraduate initial teacher education degrees is three HSC Band 5 results including one in English. Other applicants may be admitted through an approved comparable measure or alternative pathway as approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards NSW.

Information regarding your interview and a questionnaire will be sent to your nominated email account. You must bring the completed questionnaire to the music education interview along with a resume, references and other supporting material.

Music Skills Test

Since prior music skills development is essential for successful study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Music Skills Test must be completed. The test is held at the Conservatorium during the audition/interview period and is designed to assess whether you have a sufficient level of music literacy in harmony and aural perception to cope with the demands of the course. As a guide, the minimum level of skills possessed should be at the level of the New South Wales Music 2 syllabus (formerly 2 Unit Music) or AMEB Level 6 Musicianship or equivalent. Results of the Music Skills Test supplement the information provided by other aspects of the audition process. If you are successful, the results also help to determine streaming in aural and harmony subjects.


You must present a 1500-2000 word summary of your proposed area of research; and attend an interview (in person or via phone). Candidates should be prepared to discuss their background and research interest in music education.