Music at Avondale

The Conservatorium at Avondale places a strong emphasis on wholistic music education. Avondale’s music program is tailored to individual students’ needs. Music students have privileged access to 1:1 tuition with outstanding musical mentors and the opportunity to immerse themselves in solo performance, ensemble performance, musicianship, conducting, improvisation, music history, harmony, keyboard skills, ethnomusicology, music technology, Australian contemporary music and composition. All of our staff are highly experienced in a range of educational settings, and are engaged with the music industry as performing artists, musical directors, and media professionals. With small class sizes, highly qualified lecturers and visiting professional musicians, we offer students an outstanding opportunity to develop their understanding and their love for music, preparing them for a future beyond their degree –whether it be in postgraduate music study, as a music educator or as a performing musician.

Why study with us?

- Weekly one-on-one lessons
- Aural Musicianship
- Harmony and Composition
- History and Musicology
- Independent Research Elective Opportunities
- Various Ensemble Options (Including Vocal, String, Wind, Guitar, and Jazz Ensembles)
- Plus: Conducting, Improvisation Classes, Keyboard Skills, and Music Technology


Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Major in music in Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching, a 4-year double degree with career opportunities such as: specialist music teacher in primary or secondary schools, music tutor and/or lecturer.

Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Major in music in Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts, a 3-year degree with career opportunities such as: music performer, concert agent and/or manager, music tutor and/or lecturer, music critic/reviewer, music administrator, and music researcher.

Apply for Mid-Year Entry

TK Magazine: the power to think and do
Sharing and shaping ideas: that’s the purpose of TK, a new online magazine of news, reviews and perspectives, produced by Avondale College of Higher Education, Signs Publishing and Manifest.


Read more Praise Hymn

Giving on song

An increase in donations and a large bequest is helping Avondale continue to invest in the student experience despite a $2 million budget deficit.

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Armed Man more about peace and hope

It might be called The Armed Man but the piece by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins that Avondale Conservatorium presents tomorrow evening (Saturday, June 2) is actually anti-war.

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Read more The People’s Messiah

The justice of the Jesus story in song

I remember my mother waking me and tugging me up off the floor to stand with 5600 other people at the Sydney Opera House. Bedtime had come and gone, but I shuffled to my feet. Wow! The sound of the choir and the orchestra struck me. “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” Messiah composer George Frideric Handel said of writing the “Hallelujah” chorus, “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself.” But not everyone agreed. What happened after controversial and wealthy theologian Charles Jennens commissioned the story of Jesus in the new oratorio style?

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