Perfect your music and performance at the critically acclaimed Elder Conservatorium of Music.


Study music at The University of Adelaide

Develop skills in creativity, performance, communication and production to prepare you for a career in the burgeoning music industry. As a music student at The University of Adelaide, you will gain a strong foundation in practical and theoretical music development and innovation. You will have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of areas such as: classical voice, music composition, music education and pedagogy, music performance (classical or jazz), musicology, popular music or sonic arts.

As a music student you will:

  • Compose, record, mix, master and produce creative projects
  • Explore the music industry and issues shaping it
  • Discover cultural, historical and stylistic aspects of western and non-western music
  • Receive intensive professional training and one-on-one tuition
  • Work with international performers, teachers and guest artists
  • Perform in musical theatre productions.

The Elder Conservatorium of Music at The University of Adelaide is the oldest tertiary music school in Australia and one of the country’s leading music institutions. Our music teaching staff have a wealth of experience as international performers and teachers. Additionally you will benefit from invaluable experience through University partnerships with the Adelaide Festival, South Australian Film Corporation, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a unique blend of media and music at the Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several universities including Simpson College, Canterbury and Southampton. As a music student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

Study Tours include 'Classical Horizons' run by Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch and 'The NYC Jazz Tour' run by Mark Ferguson.

Career path

  • Performer
  • Singer/soloist
  • Recording artist
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • TV/film composer
  • Musicologist
  • Sound engineer
  • Teaching
  • Music researcher

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