Music Performance

Our PhD (Music Performance) with the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music inspires musicianship and scholarship that knows no borders. We have a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse program, excelling in classical, jazz and popular music performance, composition, improvisation and music technology, as well as an internationally renowned reputation for research in ethnomusicology and musicology.

Sam Evans, PhD (Music Performance) candidate


Sir James McNeil Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipient Sam Evans' PhD (Music Performance) is on 'Tabla Without Borders: Towards an Innovative Model for Modern Tabla Performance and Composition.' Discover what other students in our Music PhD cohort are researching ...

The Program

Our Music Performance practice-based PhD Program consists of the following three components, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors.

Research opportunities and support

Interested in conducting research in or outside of Australia?

Monash University is Australia's largest university and we have partnerships with over 100 universities worldwide, a Centre in Prato, Italy, and a campus in Malaysia, giving you more options to meet your local and global ambitions.

To help fund your research in Australia or overseas, we offer a range of travel grants and research funding. Research candidates have secured funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research. Our funding can also cover other research-related expenses including for publications, performance expenses and more.

For more information visit Research funding and support.

Fees & Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) exempts domestic students from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course - up to four years for candidates in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree.

An extensive scholarship program is available to both local and international students enrolled in research degrees as provided by Monash Graduate Education. The Faculty of Arts also supports candidates with generous scholarships and grants. Find out more.

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