Professor Cat Hope

Welcome to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. 

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no boundries. In scholarship, performance, composition and creative music technology our aim is to develop the musicians of tomorrow through a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse approach.

The hallmarks of our graduates are a heightened familiarity with recent Australian music and its place in the world, and a consolidated understanding of the importance of diversity in music practice – inclusive of gender, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our students are collaborative, innovative and forward-looking. They are our future cultural leaders and custodians of the music of our time.

The School excels in classical, jazz and popular music performance, its internationally renowned ethnomusicology and musicology programs, and vibrant programs in composition and creative music technology. We work in close collaboration with the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) to provide extraordinary performance opportunities in some of the best music venues in Australia.

We are also home to the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU). MAMU is a physical and digital collection of musical instruments, scores, field recordings, puppets and diverse other musical, dance and theatrical materials acquired since the foundation of the University’s Department of Music in 1965.

As Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, I encourage you to explore our website and am very proud to welcome you to our School. Here you can find out more about our history and achievements.

Professor Cat Hope

Head of School