Conservatorium of Music
Creating the future leaders of the arts community
As one of Australia's leading music schools in one of the world's leading universities, the UWA Conservatorium of Music transforms individuals to release their full creative potential.
Graduates of the UWA Conservatorium of Music have gone on to postgraduate study at national and international centres of music excellence. They perform in every major orchestra in Australia and as chamber musicians and soloists around the world. They inspire the next generation of musicians in classrooms across Australia and work in a wide range of arts organisations.
Each year, we present a vibrant program of concerts and events that showcase our young emerging artists and the finest musical talent locally, nationally and internationally.
Whether your aspiration is a life in music or music in your life, we dare you to play on our stage.Professor Alan Lourens, Head of Conservatorium
Concerts and events
The Conservatorium of Music is home to more than 200 events, free and ticketed, each calendar year. We are delighted to bring you a diverse range of events that showcase amazing work from students, staff and industry professionals, as well as some of Australia’s leading music organisations, community groups and schools.
We place performance at the heart of what we do, staging more classical performances than any other Western Australian tertiary institution. Students can expect to participate in regular performances, cover a range of repertoire and will benefit from staff who are actively engaged in music making at the highest level.
Dr Ashley William Smith
Dr Ashley William Smith is a Churchill Fellow, internationally acclaimed clarinet soloist and head of winds and contemporary performance at UWA.Read more
Music for Percussion and Electronics Album and National Tour
The delicate and powerful collision when percussion meets experimental electronics in an immersive collection of solo works performed by WA percussionist Louise Devenish.Read more
Dr Louise Devenish
Dr Louise Devenish is a Churchill Fellow, multi-award-winning percussionist and Head of Percussion at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more
The Irwin Street Collective
The Irwin Street Collective brings together UWA Conservatorium of Music staff, alumni, current students and distinguished scholars and performers to research and perform music in historically informed styles.Read more
Craig Ogden is a classic guitarist and recording artist with four number one albums on the UK classical music charts. He’s also an Adjunct Fellow at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Study your passion with broadening units
An exciting feature of our courses is the opportunity to take broadening units. These provide knowledge beyond the fields in which you choose to specialise. The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units that will accrue credit towards your degree. Whether or not you have studied music at secondary level, or can read music, you can enrich your degree by including music units in your study.
Junior Music School
The UWA Conservatorium of Music’s Junior Music School nurtures your child's creative potential through the magic of music.
We believe all children are musical. The extent to which musical ability develops, however, depends greatly on the input children receive in very early childhood.
Our program is designed for children aged 18 months to 12 years. It is focused on nurturing your child's musical potential in a stimulating and rich musical environment, supporting you and your family in developing and maintaining a lifelong love of music.
Junior Music School employs highly skilled music teachers from diverse musical backgrounds. This ensures our program is based on the best and most recent research, and a supportive and lively university music community.
Highly acclaimed teachers and researchers
The Conservatorium is home to some of Australia's finest musicians, composers and researchers. Staff members include leading industry figures, highly active performers, composers and researchers, as well as dedicated educators.
Professor Alan Lourens
Professor Alan Lourens is the Head of the Conservatorium of Music at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Dr David Symons
Dr David Symons is a long-serving lecturer at The University of Western Australia. He is a published historian and researcher, with a focus on Australian art music of the postcolonial era.Read more
Andrew Foote is a Helpmann Award winner, current opera performer and Head of Vocal Studies at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more
Graeme Gilling is an accomplished WASO pianist and musician. He is an Assistant Professor and the head of Keyboard Studies at UWA, with a special focus on collaborative performance and a love of teaching.Read more
James Ledger is an ARIA award winner, renowned composer and senior lecturer in composition at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.Read more
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald
Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald is Head of Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music and a passionate performer and teacher.Read more
Dr Nicholas Bannan
Dr Nicholas Bannan is an Associate Professor of the UWA Conservatorium of Music. He is an internationally renowned composer and conductor, with a special interest in the evolutionary origins of music in our species.Read more
A highly experienced teacher and performer, Suzanne Wijsman has initiated many research projects aimed at improving the health and performance of musicians and music students.Read more
Never Tilt Your Chair Back
A performance work of percussion theatre for three performers that uses the history of Western dining table etiquette as a point of departure.
Mississippi Swan: Daybew!
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project generates a new album of work using an autonomous sound and visual installation.
Music for Percussion and Electronics Album and National Tour
The delicate and powerful collision when percussion meets experimental electronics in an immersive collection of solo works performed by WA percussionist Louise Devenish.
Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley
Transformation: Music by Roger Smalley is a full-length album created by musicians from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, bringing together previously unrecorded works.
Music Teaching Without Words
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project explores teaching music to children through imitation and play as part of the international Harmony Signing program.
Health education literacy and mobility for musicians
This UWA Conservatorium of Music research project addresses the need for health education mobility and improved health literacy for musicians worldwide.
The Natural Order of Things for chamber orchestra
This research project is a commissioned piece of composition by James Ledger for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Musical Participation in the Care of Patients with Alzheimers
This research project from The University of Western Australia is a clinical investigation of the effectiveness of group singing for people with Alzheimer’s.
UWA music scholar wins national award
UWA’s Chair of Musicology Dr Sarah Collins has won the McCredie Musicological Award, Australia’s most prestigious award for the study of music.Read more
UWA musician heading to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
UWA music student Jordan Moore cannot remember a time when music was not a big part of his life, and it seems his hard work has paid off with him being selected 2020 Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Read more
Performance spaces, instruments and technologies
Located next to the picturesque Swan River, the Conservatorium of Music has various performance, teaching and rehearsal spaces available to staff, students and for occasional external hire. We have a large collection of modern and historical instruments as well as specialist music technology and software available for use by current students.
Eileen Joyce Studio
The Eileen Joyce Studio is an intimate recital space at The University of Western Australia, housing a unique historical instrument collection.Read more about Eileen Joyce Studio