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Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music

The University of Adelaide Australia

Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM)

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) is a specialist Australian Indigenous music centre located within the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. CASM provides specialised tertiary level university based music programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, and is a key centre for Australian Indigenous music production.

Director: Professor Aaron Corn


CASM is located on two sites: the CASM Studios at Alumni House (The Cottage), Gate 13 Kintore Ave; and CASM teaching rooms on the 6th floor of the Schulz Building, North Terrace. The CASM Studios include dedicated rehearsal and recording facilities. Facilities in the Schulz Building include teaching rooms, practice rooms, dance room, keyboard suite, computer suites, and the EMU recording facilities. The Elder Music Library is located in the Hartley Building nearby. Cafe facilities are located on the ground floor of the Schulz Building. Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and support is located on the ground floor of the Hartley Building.

CASM Programs of Study [Application Form]

  • CASM Foundation Year Program (one year full time) Non award - no HECS
  • Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music (no new intake in 2016)
  • Advanced Diploma in Aboriginal Studies in Music (no new intake in 2016)

Professional Outcomes

Studying at CASM provides key knowledges and skills required to pursue opportunities in further education and employment in a range of fields, including in the following professional areas of the performing arts:

  • Performance
  • Education
  • Community Development
  • Sound Recording
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Industry Production
  • Dance
  • Music Industry Management
  • Broadcast Media
  • Composition and Arranging


All CASM programs of study are unique, nationally focussed programs available to students from around Australia, and are Abstudy approved. CASM studies may be taken part-time (Note: Abstudy support requires a 3/4 study load).

CASM Profile and Impact

CASM has achieved a national and international profile through its innovative Educational Programs and extensive performance, research and community engagement activities.

Since its inception, CASM has been an innovator in curriculum development, responding directly to the identified learning needs and aspirations of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander music students.

CASM has been described as "the first important catalyst in Aboriginal music's renaissance", and is recognised for its leading role in supporting Indigenous cultural maintenance and production through music and dance.

Past CASM students have enjoyed career success in composing, performing and recording, and have won international recognition and awards for their music.  Past CASM students have also gained employment and are engaged in a wide range of professional and leadership roles including in education, health, government, community development, media and the broader arts sector.

Further information

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