• Dr. David Fenton
  • Program Leader

    Dr. David Fenton
  • Qualification

    Postgraduate
  • Campus

    Sydney

 

Strengthen your creative practice with a robust research foundation:

 

The postgraduate studies program in music is focused on exploring the relationships between ideas, theory and your creative practice in an interdisciplinary musical environment. 

Performers, producers and composers translate their undergraduate studies or professional experience into a supervised, structured exploration of their own creative practice within an academic framework.

 

  • Explore, develop and deepen your creative practice within an academic framework
  • Collaborate and thrive in AIM’s inter-disciplinary music scene – classical, jazz, contemporary, electronic music, composition, theatre and more – where you can workshop with peers and industry professionals
  • Harness weekly sessions to produce a research-based creative work: your final performance, folio and/or recording. You’ll be supported by a supervisor who specialises in seeing you succeed
  • Develop your research, analytical and writing skills, as well as critical and creative thinking
  • Produce a formal research report and become a recognised thought leader in your chosen musical field
  • Explore more through electives that amplify and extend your experience
  • Be guided and mentored by industry experts who are determined to help you grow as a performer and will support you through your academic research

 

Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.

Click here to download the course calendar for 2020. 

 

Choose your qualification:

Graduate Certificate in Music

(1 semester full time, 1 year part time)

Graduate Diploma in Music

(1 year full time, 2 years part time)

Master of Music

(2 years full time, 4 years part time)

 

 

Open the door to new career opportunities

 

Not only will your postgraduate studies allow you to specialise and further progress in your chosen musical career, our AIM postgraduate courses will also open up the possibility of further academic work and career options, as well as professional teaching opportunities.

The Graduate Certificate in Music, Graduate Diploma in Music and Master of Music combine major study, research, graduate seminars and elective study streams. And throughout your course, we’ll help you develop a broad range of skills by auditing undergraduate units.

Applicants applying for Postgraduate Studies in Music must:

  • Provide copies of academic transcripts of previous study for us to keep (these copies must be in English). If you do not have a relevant undergraduate degree, you must provide evidence of professional work in your desired field.
  • Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate.
  • Provide a resume (in English) that covers all previous music study, experiences and interests.
  • Provide copies of any certificates or references that may support your application to study at AIM.
  • All International Applicants must submit an IELTS (or Equivalent) of 6.5 with no overall band score less than 6.0.
  • Complete online Application Form

 

Please also refer to individual department graduate entry requirements as follows:

  • Audio
  • Composition & Music Production
  • Classical Performance
  • Music Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance

For more information on the specific entry and admissions processes relevant to your program of interest and your student status, please follow the links below:

Domestic Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

 

International Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Music should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent music field that may include the acquisition and application of specific technical knowledge and skills (in performance, composition and academia) in a new or existing discipline and/or professional area. 
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex music and music industry problems 
  3. Demonstrate cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  4. Apply specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled music professional/creative practice
  5. Evidence communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in musical and academic contexts
  6. Demonstrate communication skills to transfer complex music knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  7. Demonstrate high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised music contexts
  8. Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised music technical and creative contexts
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters 

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Music should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent music field that may include the acquisition and application of specific technical knowledge and skills (in performance, composition and academia) in a new or existing discipline and/or professional area
  2. Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex music and music industry problems
  3. Demonstrate cognitive skills to think critically, to generate and evaluate complex ideas 
  4. Apply specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled music professional/creative practice 
  5. Evidence communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in musical and academic contexts 
  6. Demonstrate communication skills to transfer complex music knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences 
  7. Demonstrate high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised music theory, performance and academia related contexts 
  8. Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised music technical and creative contexts 
  9. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters

Graduates of the Master of Music should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in music and musical professional/creative practice 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a music, music performance and learning 
  3. Apply cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory, professional practice and scholarship in the music field 
  4. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of musical knowledge or practice 
  5. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level 
  6. Demonstrate communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  7. Apply technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the field of music 
  8. Apply creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning in the music field 
  9. Demonstrate a high level personal autonomy and accountability in the application of knowledge and skills
  10. Plan and execute a substantial research-based project and musical capstone experience
AwardCredit Points Domestic FeesInternational Fees
Graduate Certificate in Music20$8,460.00$11,560.00
Graduate Diploma in Music40$16,920.00$23,120.00
Master of Music80$33,840.00$46,240.00

 

Staff Members

Dr Gary Holgate - Head of Learning and Teaching
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Dr Gary Holgate

  • Leadership

    Head of Learning and Teaching

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

Gary Holgate’s credentials are many and varied.

His Associate Diploma Jazz Studies featured majors in both electric bass and double bass, and for his Master of Music degree he focussed on jazz performance while also studying classical bass techniques. Gary has performed and recorded with many acclaimed jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave MacRae, and Jazz Nouveau.

His doctoral project focussed on interactions in improvised music and his research interests include live jazz performance and qualitative research methodologies.

Dr Gary Holgate - Head of Learning and Teaching