Welcome to the Elder Conservatorium of Music
From the Director
Welcome to the website of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
As one of Australia’s oldest and most distinguished tertiary music schools, the Elder Conservatorium plays a leading role in Australia’s musical landscape. We have close links with other educational and professional bodies within South Australia and across the nation, and we maintain strong connections with important institutions in the UK, USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. Our graduates hold positions of national and international influence as performers, composers, educators, scholars and administrators.
The range of programs that we offer is unique in Australian Higher Education. Our integrated raft of certificates, diplomas, degree and postgraduate qualifications provides opportunities for multiple entry and exit points, enabling us to meet the needs and aspirations of a wide variety of students. With specialisations in performance (classical and jazz), composition, music education, sonic arts/music technology, pedagogy, musicology and now our newest specialisation, Popular Music & Creative Technologies (from 2012), there are many possible pathways that can be followed. We also offer general interest music courses that can be taken by students enrolled in other degree programs within the University and some of our ensembles are also open to students outside of the Conservatorium.
In accordance with our Conservatorium mission, we are committed to providing an environment in which students can achieve the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for professional employment and for continued personal and musical growth. We also place great value upon adaptability, flexibility and independence. These qualities are essential to the development of a successful career, whether in the field of music or beyond. They lead to a breadth and depth of experience, enabling graduates to recognise and grasp the opportunities that come their way and to make genuine choices about their future.
The Elder Conservatorium is fully committed to the interests of its students and to its place within the wider artistic and educational environment. Students, family members, teachers, administrative staff, concert goers, sponsors and supporters all have important roles to play. We welcome you to this unique and vibrant community of musicians.
The following pages will give you a sense of the programs that we offer, the activities of performance and scholarship in which we are engaged and the core values that underpin all that we do.
Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM
Elder Conservatorium of Music