Musicology

Most students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will study under the guidance of musicology staff in subjects such as music history, music analysis, music skills and research methods, with elective units of study offered by musicology area staff in a variety of topics ranging from early music to contemporary art music and popular music. Students may also specialise in musicology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our staff include researchers in a wide range of areas including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, empirical musicology, popular music studies and more. We are active in publishing research in books and journals, participating in and organizing local, national and international conferences and symposia, offering musicological expertise to the broader community and more. Find out more about our staff by following the links below.

Research Activities

Study Options

Musicology Faculty

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

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Bachelor of Music (Musicology), Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Bachelor of Music Studies and combined degrees

Music Skills Test
Since prior music skills development is essential for successful study at the Sydney Conservatorium, 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.

Musicology Essays
You should submit an example of your recent written work prior to the audition closing date in preparation for the interview. You will then be invited to attend an interview to discuss your interest in musicology and your commitment to musical research. On the basis of the written work and the interview, the Conservatorium will assess your suitability for the course here, and your potential to become a music researcher, whether as a professional musicologist or in a related profession such as teaching, music administration or music journalism.

Your sample of written work should demonstrate your ability to write in a reasonably formal style, to synthesise the work of others and, ideally, to contribute your own ideas to the discussion. You may, for example, submit a final year school essay, or choose to create something new. A music-related topic is preferred.

Musicology essays must be submitted at the time of application (no exceptions), and each work submitted must include your UAC application number and your name. Essays must be posted or hand delivered to:

Student Administration
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Level 3, Room 3012
Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Streets
Sydney NSW 2000

Musicology essays will be retained by the Conservatorium until 31 March 2014. If you wish to collect your essays, please do so before this date or they will be discarded. Essays can be collected from Student Administration. We are not able to return essays by mail.

For more information about the submission and interview requirements for musicology, please contact Dr Kathleen Nelson, Chair of Musicology.

Postgraduate

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You must present a 1500-2000 word summary of your proposed area of research. Musicology staff will then invite you to an interview to discuss your interest in musicology and your commitment to musical research. On the basis of the written work and the interview, the Conservatorium will assess your potential to undertake musical research at a basic professional level. For more information about the submission and interview requirements for musicology, please contact Dr Kathleen Nelson, Chair of Musicology.