At the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, performance students have the opportunity to play and learn from the best local and international artists. Our students engage in a wide cross-section of musical activities, both within and outside formal study programs. For example, students can be involved in playing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (for which Monash is the Education Partner), the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Jeannie Pratt Music Theatre Ensemble or in ensembles such as gamelan, the Monash Art Orchestra or Monash Animated Notation Ensemble. 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 our performers as future cultural leaders and custodians of the music of our time.

Teaching Program

Students will undertake weekly individual tuition on their principal instrument, as well as weekly workshops and concert practice classes in their stream. Ensembles and chamber music are a cornerstone of your Monash music education.

Monash is Australia’s foremost international university and every year students have the opportunity to travel overseas to undertake units specific to music. These overseas opportunities offer the chance to work with leading international artists and perform in venues overseas.

The school offers two main areas of study in the performance:

Throughout Performance studies students can choose from a diverse range of Student Ensembles to participate in.


Undergraduate studies

Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in Performance, to Honours, and then graduate research.

Graduate Research

The Theatre, Performance and Music Graduate Research is part of the Arts Graduate Research Program.


The following research groups work with the Performance stream in the School of Music and Performance:


Our Performance Studies staff possess outstanding national and international profiles. View all staff.