Welcome by the Head of the School of Music

As the Head of the School of Music I welcome you to the Australian National University. Our school is an embodiment of not only excellence, but of the time, effort and energy exerted toward the pursuing of excellence. It is not in the achieving of the goal that is important here, it is not in the recognition of a gold, silver or bronze award where honor is celebrated. The recognition and bestowing of honor and the value of the pursing is in who you become through the discipline, struggle and hard work in the moving toward the goal. It is the act of being someone who takes risks, someone who strives and someone who is willing to come up short in measuring yourself against what you aspire to. That is the making of a person who is an artist, a leader and a person that brings value to the world.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt (26th President of the United States)

These are the same qualities that build the foundation of the ANU School of Music. We are pioneers here, we are risk takers, we have a vision for a new kind of music education which goes beyond the standard, generic conservatories in Australia. We dare to be different and we dare to see the world in a better way than it currently exists. That’s why we are the fastest growing school of music in Australia and that is why we are ranked as one of the top twenty universities in the world.

Congratulations on your embarking on this marvelous journey of music.

Dr. Kenneth Lampl
Head of the School of Music
The Australian National University

At the ANU School of Music you will find performing, educational, and research opportunities in music at the highest level across a wide range of musical genres and cultural contexts.

Our courses and degree programs are designed to help you attain the skills, experiences, and outlook to help you negotiate a successful career in music, or simply understand, appreciate, and perform it better. A world-class teaching faculty is supported by a busy schedule of distinguished artists in residence and ensembles.  You will also have opportunities to contribute to the development of local musical culture as well as better understand the historic and contemporary musical contexts of indigenous Australia.

Reflecting its central place in the cultural life of the nation's capital city, the School of Music also presents a busy program of in-house activities such as lectures, workshops, demonstrations, master classes, community arts events, and concerts, many held in our world-class concert hall, Llewellyn Hall. The Hall also hosts a wide variety of public performances by touring national and international artists.

Whatever your connection with the School, be it as a student, visiting fellow, distinguished artist in residence, or member of the wider community, you are encouraged to explore, and contribute to, the rich academic and co-curricula life to be found across the campus of ANU. The School is here to encourage, inspire, and feed your passion.

Updated:  3 January 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications