CASM engages in innovative curriculum development that responds directly to the learning needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music students.
Located on Level 6 of the Schulz Building on the North Terrace campus, CASM offers state-of-the-art learning and sound recording facilities.
CASM was founded in 1972 through partnership between by the ethnomusicologist, Catherine Ellis, and the acclaimed Ngarrindjeri poet, Leila Rankine. CASM's early programs also built on deep exchanges with the Anangu community at Iwantja, which led to the appointment of the Pitjantjatjara songman, M Baker, as a Senior Lecturer at CASM in 1975.
In the 1980s, CASM students began to focus on creating original music, and formed the ground-breaking bands, No Fixed Address, Us Mob, Coloured Stone, and Kuckles.
More recent CASM alumni, Zac Fielding, Ellie Lovegrove and Simi Vuata, are widely acclaimed performing artists.
CASM graduates have led successful careers in composition, performance and recording, and have won international recognition and awards for their music. They are also employed in a wide range of professions and leadership roles across the education, health, government, community development, media and arts sectors.