JOB: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne (Ethnomusicology)

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music (Ethnomusicology) with teaching and research expertise in at least two areas, one of which should be an area of popular music or Indigenous Australian music. The appointee will be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching, coordination and provision of the undergraduate and graduate music programs of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), maintain an active research profile, and attract high quality students into the Honours, Masters and PhD programs in Ethnomusicology. 


The incumbent is expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching, research and impact effort of the MCM and in particular the area of Ethnomusicology, and to carry out activities to maintain and develop professional activities relevant to the profession. Specific duties include: the co-ordination of non-Western performance ensembles and guardianship of collections, teaching undergraduate core subjects, breadth and academic electives. Also, supervising and marking undergraduate essays, plus honours, masters and doctoral theses, applying for external research grants, participating in and attending scholarly seminars, forums and activities, and undertaking research that is disseminated at conferences, in journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly, ERA-reportable output.


The MCM has over 900 full time equivalent students and is the largest Conservatorium in Australia. In April 2009 the former Faculty of Music and School of Music within the former Faculty of the VCA became a single music school within the Faculty of the VCA and MCM. The new MCM has a clear vision for international excellence in music training, scholarship and research. It is the most comprehensive music institution in Australia, building on the distinctive strengths of the music programs offered by the former music schools across western and non- western music performance, musicology and ethnomusicology, music therapy, music performance teaching, composition, conducting, and opera. It maintains a number of non- Western ensembles including the Melbourne Community Gamelan—reputed to be the finest sounding of all the gamelan in Australia—which was purchased in Madiun, central Java, in 1990.

The MCM is also the most highly endowed in Australia with a large number of bequests and scholarships that attract and support many of Australia’s finest young musicians. 


The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. With outstanding performance in international rankings, Melbourne is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. Further information about our reputation and global ranking is available at


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