Situated in the heart of the nation’s capital, and on the campus of Australia’s foremost research university, the Australian National University School of Music has a proud and rich history. It was the first purpose-built music school facility in Australia, and for over 50 years has played a leading role in the cultural life of Canberra and our region.
Today, the School of Music delivers music education that continues to support the vocational and professional needs of music students. It engages positively with the fact that globalisation and the rise of the digital age have a profound impact on musical culture in Australia, while reaffirming the enduring truth that we experience music in an immediate and powerful way. At its core, the School of Music affirms an ideal of musical excellence that is ethically informed, generous of spirit, intellectually rigorous, outward-looking, diverse, responsible, accountable, and receptive to new ideas.
The mission of the School of Music is to build on the vision of its founding director, Ernest Llewellyn, through promoting creative life on campus and in the community, and attracting Australia’s most gifted students. It seeks to nurture high-calibre teaching staff who can enlighten and inspire students to reach their full potential through academic excellence and personal growth.
The School aims to prepare students for successful careers as music professionals, whether as performers, composers, musicologists, or working in the field of music technology. We aim to inspire our graduates to become outstanding contributors to the local, national and global community, as musically-informed citizens and leaders.
The School of Music is one of four schools that form the Research School of Humanities and Arts, which sits within the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. The ANU is a leading Australian Group of Eight research-intensive university, and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.