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



February, July


Melbourne, Sydney


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Take your career in music to an elite level with a Master of Music degree. In this course, you’ll translate your undergraduate studies or professional experience into a supervised, structured exploration of your own creative practice within an academic framework. 

In developing your research, analytical and writing skills, as well as critical and creative thinking, you’ll produce a formal research report and become a recognised thought leader in your chosen musical field.  

You’ll amplify and extend your experience through more electives – guided and mentored by industry experts who’ll support you through your academic research. 

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. 

The Master Of Music course (two years) 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 (one semester), or Graduate Diploma (one year) . 

1st Semester 

Major Study 1 

Graduate Seminar 1 

Graduate Research Project 1 


Exit award Graduate Certificate or continue on: 


2nd Semester 

Major Study 2 

Graduate Seminar 2 

Graduate Research Project 2 


Exit award Graduate Diploma or continue on: 


3rd Semester 

Major Study 3 

Graduate Seminar 3 

Graduate Research Project 3 (Thesis) 


4th Semester 

Major Study 4 

Graduate Seminar 4 

Graduate Research Project 4 (Thesis ii) 

Exit award Master of Music 


Available Electives 

Graduate Film Music 

Graduate Teaching Techniques 

Graduate Production 1 

Graduate Special Project 1 

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. 

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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


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

Associate Head of Learning and Teaching
Dr. David Fenton is a highly credentialled and experienced theatre director, creative industries executive and academic. He’s the Associate Head of Learning and Teaching for all Post Graduate programs at AIM.
Academic Lecturer
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).
Academic Lecturer
Dr. Phillip Johnston is known internationally as a jazz saxophonist and composer. He has taught at New York University, the University of the South, the Sydney Institute, and guest lectured at Bard College, the University of Ohio, AFTRS and UNSW.
Academic Lecturer
Candice Boyd has been teaching singing and violin since age 18, specialising in contemporary singing and violin, as well as classical violin. In 2010, she began teaching the choirs and small vocal groups at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. In 2013, she began teaching private vocal lessons and vocal ensemble groups at the Australian Institute of Music.
Head of Learning and Teaching
Dr. Gary Holgate is a highly qualified music academic and a seasoned musician. As an upright and electric bass player, Gary has performed and recorded with many acclaimed jazz artists including Kevin Hunt, Grace Knight, Bill Risby, Joy Yates and Dave MacRae as well as his own band Jazz Nouveau.
Academic Lecturer
Dr. Gemma Turner is a singer, songwriter and voice educator who has had a broad singing career focussing on a cappella and world music vocal styles. She is best known for her work as founding member and writer/arranger for the 90s all-women a cappella group Blindman’s Holiday, which was described as “the best a cappella group in Australia and one of the best in the world” (SMH). The band released three CDs and toured the world with to critical acclaim.
Academic Lecturer
Matt Bruce is a violinist and concertmaster who has worked professionally in the Australian music industry for over 30 years. Matt has been a member of the world-renowned Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 1992, which he has led as Resident Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster) since 2013.
Academic Lecturer
Dr Wojciech Wisniewski is a pianist, pedagogue and author currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Born in Poland, Wojciech graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) shortly before arriving in Australia in 2004.
Academic Lecturer
Dr. Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist whose playing has been critically praised for its “myriad of colours” and technical expertise. Throughout her career, she has combined her performing with her work as a piano teacher, academic lecturer, accompanist, artistic director, and artistic researcher.
Academic Lecturer
Alice Bennett is a Melbourne-based flautist with a keen interest in contemporary Australian music and exploratory improvisation. After completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Monash University, Alice travelled to Austria for the impuls 8th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music.
Academic Lecturer
Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter and performer. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Academic Lecturer
Vincent Giles is an experimental composer; a tinkerer with acoustic and electronic sound in the context of concert music, electronic music, installation, and performance.
Academic Lecturer
Scott Saunders has had a remarkable musical career as a composer, performer, musical director, producer and educator.


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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  

Quinn Ann Le
Masters of Music (Vocals)

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