New School of Music Building for Monash

The Zelman Cowen School of Music has a bold vision to create a cultural, artistic, research and musical hub with a dynamic atmosphere at the Monash Clayton campus.

The centrepiece of this vision is the creation of a new, iconic, state-of-the-art building for the school.

The new building for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will encompass urgently needed facilities and equipment:

  • forty acoustically-flexible practice rooms (including many with pianos and ranging in size from small to large)
  • fifteen ensemble or chamber rooms of various sizes to support group and ensemble teaching, and performance assessments and auditions
  • one main auditorium/concert venue to seat up to 800 people
  • one outside amphitheatre with moveable staging, seating 600 people
  • one chamber auditorium/concert venue to seat approximately 200 people
  • a jazz club style venue, seating about 200 people
  • one conference room
  • recording studio
  • approximately 20 office spaces — 15 soundproofed for teaching
  • an undergraduate computer lab with 25 workstations
  • lounges for undergraduates, postgraduates and staff
  • a restaurant / cafe accessible to the Jazz Club and amphitheatre








  • various instruments for each practice and ensemble room, including two grand pianos for the auditoriums
  • a moveable stage for outdoor concerts

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