At the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, 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), or performing for the Monash Art Ensemble alongside members of the Australian Art Ensemble (AAE). Our approach to teaching incorporates musics of the world and – alongside opportunities to study overseas – the program helps to shape 21st century musicians with a global outlook. The Performance stream at the School of Music has produced Grammy nominated and Bell Award winning alumni, including Simon Mavin (from Hiatus Kaiyote) and Olivia Chindamo.

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 three 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:


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