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Postgraduate Studies

Our postgraduate courses provide advanced studies in key areas relevant to the contemporary music professional. The degrees will equip students with expertise in a range of fields including creative performance practice, musicology, ethnomusicology, music pedagogy and music psychology to further advance their career.

Doctor of Music (DMus)

Course Overview

The Doctor of Music prepares students with practical and applied skills and knowledge to
develop their career in music.

Career Outcomes

Our graduates are set up for success in the live performance and arts industries on a global
scale. With knowledge in our key 4 areas of Musicianship, Performance & Teaching, Modern Music Creation and Music as Culture, graduates can explore a range of career opportunities and upskill their current careers in disciplines including:
● Composer
● Accompanist
● Audio technician 
● Concert manager
● Festival director  
● Film scorer 
● Music administrator
● Music arranger
● Music composer

● Music critic or reviewer 
● Music producer or sound engineer 
● Record producer or music director 
● Performer for bands, studio and live recordings, film, theatre, television and live events 
● Private Music teacher 
● School Music Teacher (Primary/Secondary)
● Project curator 
● Studio engineer 
● Sound artist 
● Touring soloist or ensemble member.

Course Learning Outcomes
Graduate attributes
Course Structure

The Doctor of Music is taken over a minimum of six semesters (full-time) culminating in a creative portfolio, performance (with accompanying exegesis, or equivalent written component), or thesis.

Exit Outcomes

Doctor of Music

International Student Duration

Six semesters full time. Please note the part-time mode is not available to a holder of a student visa who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who is not an Australian permanent resident, or who is a temporary resident of Australia.

Domestic Student Duration

For domestic students, the course is 4 years full-time or up to 8 years part-time.

Device Specifications
Minimum Computer Specifications

* Students can use whatever browser they want during their coursework. However, submitting
assignments and accessing tutorials will require Chrome.

** Please ensure that all headphones/Audio equipment are set up and working properly prior to joining
any meetings.

Note: The following devices cannot be used for assessments at the Australian Guild of Music.
Smartphones: iPhones (Apple), Android phones (Samsung etc.), or any other mobile OS device
Android tablets

Delivery Method

Blended | On-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities . The campus delivered location is 363 King St, West Melbourne, 3003

Assessment Methods

Assessments are designed to test a student’s ability to critically evaluate scholarly and industry
literature; synthesise research findings in this literature; and use these experiences as a basis
to test the efficacy of research questions, data and conclusions.
Our pedagogical approach at the Guild is based on a constructivist view of learning and
teaching. A variety of types of assessment tasks, based on principles of authentic assessment,
are used and embedded in learning activities, such as presentations and engagement with
class members.


Being a graduate music certificate, the learning and assessment tasks are aimed at
professional practice and designed as closely as possible to what students can expect to be
required to do in professional engagement and employment related to their studies.


Assessments are designed to have a range of research-driven, evidence-based and industry-
engaged components that evidence various levels of academic ability to identify students for
more than a pass/fail grade (distinguishing Credit, Distinction and High Distinction students from Pass students). Further, constructive alignment theory argues there should be alignment across the learning objectives, coursework, and assessment (Biggs, 1996) – where learning outcomes are identified before the learning experience is determined. The assessments have been determined with this in mind.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Australian or equivalent master’s degree in music.

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

A minimum of five years’ relevant work experience.


A Master of Music (AQF Level 9) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 9 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience.

International students
Must satisfy the English Language Requirements

Special and/or alternative entry: non-school leavers (mature-age applicants and/or those who do not hold their HSC or VCE equivalent)

A recognised Australian or equivalent master’s degree in Music
A minimum of five years’ relevant work experience.


A Master of Music (AQF Level p) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 9 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience.

Language Requirements

IELTS Academic 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
● 575 or better on the TOEFL, or
● 91 or better on the TOEFL IBT (International Benchmark Test), or
● 235 or better TOEFL CBT (Computer Based Test), or
● 58 or better Academic PTE (Pearson Test of English), or

● 176 or better Cambridge English scale, CAE and CPE (from 2015).

English Language Test results are valid for two years from the date of the results up to the date of commencement at the Institute. The most recent test supersedes ALL previous tests.

Attendance Requirements

The Guild has enforceable requirements in relation to attendance. Further details are provided at Item 5 of the Terms and Conditions.

Advanced Standing

Credit for prior learning can be granted for formal study completed up to 10 years prior to the date of application.

Academic Achievement

Credit will not be granted for units where the level of achievement in previously completed units used as the basis for an application for credit is a Conceded Pass or lower (that is, any mark below 50%). The grades achieved in prior learning will not be used by AGME in the calculation of a grade point average.

Performance Requirements

Performance ability (in relevant courses) will be assessed against audition requirements to ensure that an appropriate level has been achieved. This will be done on a case-by-case basis
to ensure that students have sufficient prior knowledge to successfully complete the course.

Maximum amount of Credit to be Granted

The maximum amount of course credit to be granted to RPL and credit transfer applicants
is 50%.

Application Process

Applications for RPL can be made at

Supporting documentation required: evidence of informal and non-formal learning (industry experience), including CV, references, certified copies of certificates of attendance at 0-=p--training and professional development, position descriptions, delivering public lectures, instrumental tutoring, professional workshops, live presentations; performance in concerts,
tours, gigs, eisteddfods, regular performance contracts, creation of significant amount of original work such as publications and compositions.


The course fees (per semester) are indicated on the fees page of our website and are based on a standard full-time study load and duration. Your course fees and duration may vary if you have applied for and been granted Advanced Standing. Tuition fees may increase during your studies. Students are
advised in advance of any increase in tuition fees being implemented.


Australian Guild of Music Education Inc.

Master of Music (MMus)


Graduate Diploma in Music and Graduate Certificate in Music

These programs provide students with advanced study in music that complement and expand undergraduate studies; provide extension studies for the music professional, and provide pathways to higher degree study.

Graduate Diploma in Music (Grad Dip Mus) 

Graduate Certificate in Music (Grad Cert Mus)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of prior learning is available to applicants who do not meet these requirements but can demonstrate relevant and recent academic, pedagogical, professional or industry experience.


Applicants may be invited to undertake an audition and interview, and to provide samples of work, to ascertain their suitability for entry.

International Students

Our completely online delivery method means that our students can study with us from anywhere in the world! 

Students will need to meet required audition & academic standards and have an IELTS score of band 6.0 (5.5 considered with extra assessment).

The best part is that your instrumental tuition can be delivered in person in your home country or by LIVE-Online real-time teaching.

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