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AWARD: Master of Music

Strengthen your creative practice with a robust research foundation:


Take your performance to the next level


Your Master of Music will speak volumes:

  • 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 Masters of Music course calendar for 2019. 

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


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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