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8 months to 2 years full-time,
1 year to 4 years part-time



February, May


Melbourne, Sydney


GCERT 113145K
GDip 113143A
Master 113142B

Take your career in music to the next level

Whether you’re an aspiring artist or a seasoned practitioner, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to elevate your music career to new heights. 

Tailored to your needs

As a graduate of the Master of Music, you’ll possess the tools to make a lasting impact on the world of music. This course will foster cultural and artistic innovation, through a combination of theoretical insight, intellectual exploration, and practice-based learning.

Suitable for seasoned practitioners, and those who have recently completed undergraduate study, this course provides a balanced blend of local and global perspectives, ensuring a solid foundation in the industry for both domestic and international learners.

Through this course you will be immersed in specialised music education, that serves as a springboard for lifelong growth as a reflective practitioner. Our curriculum prepares you for future careers in the music industry while also opening doors for further academic pursuits.

The Master Of Music course will focus on exploring the relationships between ideas, theory and your creative practice in an interdisciplinary musical environment.  The course content can also be studied in either the Graduate Certificate in Music, or Graduate Diploma.

If you’re ready to apply great!  To get started click APPLY to self-register via the AIM student portal and complete our online application form.  It takes approximately 10 minutes, once submitted we’ll be in touch shortly.

If you’ve got questions click ENQUIRE and a friendly member of our admissions team will contact you to chat.

Your postgraduate studies allow you to specialise and further progress in your chosen musical career. They’ll also qualify you for further academic 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.


 Learn more about how AIM helps you to succeed  View Career Opportunities



Graduate Certificate of Music

Graduate Diploma of Music

Master of Music

M5MUMR1 Introduction to Music Research
[6 Credit Points]
M5MURP1 Research Project 1 [6 Credit Points] Elective Unit
[6 Credit Points]
M5MURP2 Extended Research Proposal
[6 Credit Points]
M5MURP3 Research Project 3 [6 Credit Points]

M5MUCP1 Capstone Creative Project
[12 Credit Points]

M5MUMS1 Major Study 1
[6 Credit Points]

Elective Unit
[6 Credit Points]
M5MUMS2 Major Study 2
[6 Credit Points]
M5MUMS3 Major Study 3
[6 Credit Points]

M5MUMS4 Major Study 4 Capstone Preparation
[6 Credit Points]


Available Electives 

Graduate Music and Sound for Media

Graduate Special Project

Graduate Production

Graduate Australian Music

Graduate Teaching Techniques – Early Learners

Graduate Teaching Techniques – Adult Learners

Arts and Entertainment Management

Cultivating Creativity

Applicants with Tertiary Study 


  • To be eligible for admission into the postgraduate Music program on the basis of tertiary (HE) studies, you need to have completed : 
  • A Bachelor of Music Degree, or 
  • Non-music bachelor degree with relevant musical professional practice experience. 
  • An international equivalent 


Applicants with work and life experience 

Applicants without tertiary qualifications may be granted admission to the postgraduate program by the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs or nominee on the basis of extensive relevant work experience and demonstrated potential to undertake the program of study and to achieve course learning outcome. 

All applicants must meet additional requirements including English language proficiency, submission of a portfolio, and participation in an audition process and interview (which can be online). 

 Applicants may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning for their tertiary studies including completed or partially completed Higher Education awards. Specified credit will be granted towards specific units of an AIM postgraduate course on the basis of prior learning in a completed or partially completed HE course if it is assessed to be comparable in terms of learning outcomes, volume of learning, content and learning and assessment approaches. Applicants should submit an Application for Recognition of Prior Learning together with all required supporting documentary evidence. 

Would you like to talk about your options for entryEmail us 


To reach your potential as a musician, you need to learn from experts. Explore who you will study under.

  • Vincent Giles

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching - Post Graduate

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    Vincent Giles is an experimental composer; a tinkerer with acoustic and electronic sound in the context of concert music, electronic music, installation, and performance.

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    Academic Lecturer

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    Dr Mark Oliveiro is a graduate and distinguished alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium, the College of Music, the University of North Texas and the School of Music of Indiana University. As well as working as an academic lecturer at AIM, Mark is a composer with diverse extra-musical interests including history, mythology and ancient literature.

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  • Dr. Carlos Lopez

    Academic Lecturer

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    Dr. Carlos Lopez Charles is a composer, sound designer, and programmer specialising in the creation of interactive visual music. He holds a PhD and a Masters degree from the Paris 8 University (France), and a Bachelor degree from the Escuela Superior de Musica (Mexico).

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  • Dr. Gary Holgate

    Head of Learning and Teaching

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    Gary is a highly qualified music academic and a seasoned musician. As an upright and electric bass player, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave Macrae, and a guest solo on Plini’s ‘Wombat Astronaut’

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    Academic Lecturer

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  • Andrew Batterham

    Academic Lecturer

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    Academic Lecturer

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    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching - Melbourne

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    Tim Willis is an academic and professional musician based in Melbourne. He has been an active contributor to the Melbourne jazz scene since moving from France in 2009 .  Tim obtained his Bachelor of Music from the School of Music at the Australian National University before going on to complete his PhD in Music Performance – Jazz from Monash University’s Zelman Cowen School of Music.  Tim’s band Tim […]

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  • Sam Mudie

    Associate Head of Teaching and Learning

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    Sam was a founding member of the nine-piece band Hipnosis performing, coordinating and arranging a wide cross section of music from in venues, corporate functions and weddings in a full-time capacity.

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  • Dr. Paul Geddes

    Academic Lecturer

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    Dr. Paul Geddes is a critically acclaimed theatre practitioner, teacher and scholar. As an educator and performer he has worked for Sydney Children's Choir, Gondwana National Choirs, Macquarie University and NIDA. He has an A.Mus.A in Piano and a PhD in English Literature with a thesis on the work of Stephen Sondheim.

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  • Dr. Philip Eames


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    Philip Eames is a strikingly versatile and innovative musician, being professionally active as a pianist, composer, musicologist, choral conductor and musical director.

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  • Meghann O’Neill

    Academic Lecturer

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  • Chris Fields

    Academic Lecturer

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    Chris is an in-demand drummer/percussionist and a leading collaborator with musicians from all over the world.  He has performed with countless artists including Olivia Newton-John, Barry Gibb, Sandy Evans, Bobby Singh and many more. 

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  • Jeremy Sawkins

    Academic Lecturer

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    Academic Lecturer

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    Academic Lecturer

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“While studying at AIM I’ve been fortunate to receive so many opportunities to work and further advance my chosen career in a professional environment…including working with Pacific Opera in their Little Cunning Vixen production  

Master of music,Postgraduate music,PG music,PG music study
Quinn Ann Le
Masters of Music (Vocals)

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