Welcome to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University

Margaret Barrett
Professor Margaret Barrett

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no boundaries. We are an ambitious school who recognise the value of music in the world, in both its heritage and future forms. Our teaching and research seeks to expand the value of music and its evolution in our communities.

The school celebrates the rich diversity of music making in Australia and its association with the rest of the world. We pride ourselves on contemporary music pedagogies that prepare musicians for the future world of music; a collaborative, fast changing, digitally supported environment where music is a central and essential component of life, as well as an extraordinary opportunity to excel in artistry. We focus on contemporary practice whilst ensuring we cover foundational studies in performance technique, collaborative skills, contextual and historical studies. We encourage cross fertilisation across different music disciplines through our chamber music and small ensemble programs. Our students are collaborative, innovative, forward-looking and internationally informed. Our graduates are characterised by their familiarity with recent Australian music and its place in the world, as well as a consolidated understanding of the importance of diversity and equity in music practice. We see them as future cultural leaders and custodians of the music of our time.

Professor Margaret Barrett

Head of School